All those dangerous crimes!!!!!

VPC 50calYes! They have them cataloged, all 46 of them since 1992 or 2.19 “50 cal crimes” in 21 years….. but wait…lets check the crimes, shall we?

We have ONE homicide in the US, TWO in Mexico at the hands of the Drug cartels (wait,  it gets better), shot at something or somebody FOUR other times, ONE case of a forest fire for shooting incendiary rounds into a tree stump and the rest? Allow me to show you examples:

  • Kendrick Jones and Koleguo Moore were arrested after attempting to sell stolen firearms. They had two guns in their possession when they were arrested, one of which was a 50 caliber rifle.
  • Several defendants were charged federally for allegedly manufacturing and distributing synthetic marijuana in Florida. Twelve firearms, including a 50 caliber sniper rifle, were seized pursuant to federal and state search warrants.
  • Albany, New York police found a cache of weapons including assault-type weapons and two high-powered .50 caliber sniper-type weapons when they executed a search warrant on the home of 40-year-old Richard Boice, Jr. and 45-year-old Dawn Leedom. Deputies said they discovered more than 80 marijuana plants and more than 10 pounds of marijuana was seized.
  • Russell McCoy was charged in March 2012 in a Miami court with multiple drug charges including felony dealing in and possession of methamphetamine while also in possession of firearms including a 50 caliber rifle

Wait… you mean that the guns were not being used?

But there is more:

  • John Shipley, an FBI agent, was convicted on April 15, 2010 of dealing in firearms without a license. He bought 54 guns and sold 51, including two Barrett 50 caliber sniper rifles, and falsified many of the records.
  • Lloyd Woodson was arraigned on January 26, 2010 on multiple firearms charges, including being a felon in possession of firearms, after police found an arsenal of high-powered firearms and a map of a military base in his hotel room in New Jersey. Among the guns seized was a .223 assault rifle converted to a 50 caliber rifle.
  • In January 2009, an Omaha, Nebraska man was arrested for threatening then-President-elect Barack Obama. The man told a Veteran’s Affairs official,”I would like to shoot Obama and do it with a sniper shot.” The man, Johnnie Galarza, claimed he owned a .50 sniper rifle and that he was trained as a sniper in the U.S. Army
  • On February 17, 2008 police in Newbury, Massachusetts charged a man with 26 counts of failing to safely store weapons after officers responding to a domestic violence call found 20 firearms including a 50 caliber Armalite sniper rifle.
  • On September 11, 2007, a Salem Oregon man was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal mischief and reckless burning after starting a wildfire by firing armor-piercing incendiary ammunition from a 50 caliber sniper rifle into a tree stump.
  • On July 16, 2007, police in New Haven, Connecticut arrested a Yale University student for illegal discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, and second degree threatening, among other charges. Police seized a 50 caliber sniper rifle, an AR-15 assault rifle, numerous pistols, and “various chemicals” from the student’s fraternity house
  • In January of 2006, a grand jury in Florida indicted ten foreign nationals on charges of attempting to provide material support to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment alleged that the defendants intended to supply the FARC members with weapons, including 50 50 caliber rifles and two helicopters.
  • >On April 4, 2008 a Florida man was arrested on federal charges of using the internet to make threats to recreate the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech that left 32 people dead. The man had amassed an arsenal that included a 50 caliber sniper rifle along with 13 other firearms and 5,000 rounds of ammunition, including 50 caliber rounds.
  • In April of 2000, convicted felon Wayne Frank Barbuto of Salt Lake City, Utah, was charged with attempting to sell two 50 caliber sniper rifles to undercover federal agents. The government believes Barbuto manufactured the guns himself

This one I did not know or heard before. I’ll leave it to somebody to confirm or deny:

  • Branch Davidian cult members at a compound in Waco, Texas, fired 50 caliber sniper rifles at federal ATF agents during their initial gun battle on February 28, 1993.

And I almost forgot:

  • On March 31, 2008 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that its agents had seized 10 firearms including a 50 caliber sniper rifle before they were smuggled into Mexico. The guns were found during a traffic stop in Tuscon, Arizona. According to ICE, “the seizures stem from a probe by the Border Enforcement Security Task Force to identify, investigate and prosecute, gang members, weapon smugglers, aliens and others illegally in possession of firearms.” Richard Crocker, deputy special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations in Tucson said, “Stopping the illegal flow of weapons into Mexico is a key focus of the BEST team…Many of these seized weapons would have been used by organized criminal gangs against our law enforcement partners in Mexico. By stopping them here, we are preventing these tragedies from occurring there.”
  • Two teenagers were arrested in Nogales, Arizona in September 2010 as they attempted to smuggle a 50 caliber rifle into Mexico. (“2 teens reportedly try to smuggle .50-cal rifle,”
  • John Shipley, an FBI agent, was convicted on April 15, 2010 of dealing in firearms without a license. He bought 54 guns and sold 51, including two Barrett 50 caliber sniper rifles, and falsified many of the records. One of the 50 caliber rifles was used in a drug cartel-related shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico. (Take a guess which state was he assigned to… but wait, it gets more interesting, click here)
  • In May of 2006, a White Supremacist gang was indicted in Arizona on drug and weapons charges, including the sale to undercover officers of a stolen 50 caliber sniper rifle. The rifle was represented by the gang as powerful enough to destroy an armored car or shoot down a Phoenix Police helicopter. According to a special agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who participated in the investigation (I don’t need to draw a picture here)

So VPC tries to sell the idea that people are committing violent crimes (shooting, killing, maiming, etc) with them awful 50 caliber machine gun sniper assault weapons while the truth is that only one murder is on record in the US and it happened this year. The rest have been weapons recovered at crime scenes but not used in any capacity, smuggling and even one threat but where the accused did not have a gun. And then I have to ask: What is going on with Arizona? It is like there was an active smuggling operation to send guns across the border to Mexican Cartels. Maybe somebody should investigate, right? [/snark]

So what are your chances to be killed by a .50 Caliber rifle? I found this little tidbit that may help you come up with the number:

According to the US National Weather Service, 718 people were injured by hail between 1995 and 2007, five were actually killed. The website states that the odds a person will be killed by hail in any given year is 1 in 734 million.
Death from above: killed by falling coconuts, meteorites, hail and frozen airplane shit.

With one death in the U.S. spanned over 2 decades, I’ll take my chances with the Big Boomers if you don’t mind.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

17 thoughts on “VPC: ZOMG! Them dangerous .50 caliber sniper assault rifles!”
  1. Wow. Just read that Shipley link. If even half of that article is true, ATF heads should be impaled upon stakes along the border and Shipley released with many very public apologies and recompense. Never happen, though, cuz EEEEEEVIL BLACK RIFLE!!!11!

    1. Agreed. John Shipley should NOT have been convicted for “dealing without a license.” Sure, he bought and sold a bunch of guns, but he did so over many years, and certainly didn’t make much money, if any, doing it. The legal definition of “dealing in firearms” means one must make at least 50% of their income by buying/selling said firearms. No way trading a few guns a year beats out a FBI agent’s salary. “Normal” people would call his actions “collecting.”

      Also note that Mr. Shipley’s “crimes” are on the list twice. Apparently stating them once didn’t make for a long enough list.

  2. I bet if you looked, there was probably a bunch of chainsaw murders in the same time period. The fifty caliber murder is not even a blip in the statistical universe.

    Wow, the anti gun zealots are desperate and stupid. Not a recipe for good results.

  3. […] Miguel over at does an epic smackdown of the Violence Policy Center, and their claim… Miguel finds that theres really only one murder that’s ever been recorded with one in the US, and it happened recently. Thankfully, Christie saw the light and has since vetoed the bill. […]

  4. A cursory look-over that list shows that more than 50% of crimes committed with .50-cal sniper rifles are the sales of said rifles. This suggests the best and quickest way to reduce the crimes committed with them is to make them completely legal to buy, sell, and own.

  5. I’d like to know who the 4 defects are that liked it. 🙂 LIVs* no doubt.

    How are the comments o their Facepage? Pretty trolled up with how wrong they are and how they embrace reality instead of their warped sense of Emotional Justice?

    *Low Information Voters

  6. I like how the quote from the NRA guy is from 2004 and the majority of these “crimes” occur AFTER the statement was made. I think I counted 11 that were pre-August ’04 (when the quote was cited). Awesome journalism!

  7. I can think of a 100% chance of death by M82.
    Having a heart attack whilst lugging it to the range.
    That puppy is serious big iron, in small arms land.

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