October 5, 2017
It has been over three years since NGVAC called for banning of the sale of the Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) TrackingPoint. A smart scope military-style sniper rifle, TrackingPoint, allows someone who has never fired a gun before to hit a target the size of a soup can from 1,000 yards away—that’s 10 football fields or over half a mile. Until this weapon, only a few, elite, military-trained snipers could achieve this skill level.
Ads promise civilians “mission dominance, force multiplication, and remarkable battle overmatch in the war on radical Islamic terrorism.” They also show how the sniper weapon turns a 12-year-old girl “into a sniper.”
When we called for the ban, the TrackingPoint application was amazingly distributed by the tech giants Apple or Google. The CEOs of the firms did not respond to our letters about the dangers to public safety they were enabling by selling such ghoulish aps for TrackingPoint’s rifles.
While we did not hear from either tech giant, Anson Gordon, a spokesman for the TrackingPoint sniper weapon, called our action “a direct attack on our guns and our freedom,” adding “If we start banning technology like this, what’s next? What scope is next? What firearm is next? We have to stand together to prevent this kind of erosion of our constitutional rights.”
The pro-gun press got on the bandwagon defending the extreme sniper weapon with no defensive or sporting use with cries of “victimhood” and the “slippery slope.”
“And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions,” bewailed one blog!
“Your Hunting Rifle Is Next,” wailed a similar blog.
The Vegas massacre is only the latest example of a nation terrorized by snipers. In 2014, when sniper Eric Frein was at large in the Pennsylvania woods, schools were closed and parents were terrified about their children’s safety. Frein was sentenced to death for the 2014 Pennsylvania State Police barracks attack in which he shot and killed one State Trooper and seriously injured another.
In October, 2002 snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo kept the Washington region paralyzed for three weeks as they killed people who were pumping gas, shopping, walking to school, mowing lawns and going to restaurants. During the the Beltway sniper attacks, ten people were killed and three others critically injured in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The Vegas incident has opened a new chapter in gun violence and law enforcement. Outdoor events are especially in jeopardy. Why is the TrackingPoint sniper rifle with which criminals can easily target a Supreme Court Justice, politician or school bus driver from a half mile away, legal?