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.50 Caliber Lying -- AGAIN.

From: "Angel Shamaya" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 10:47:18 -0700
To:, tribletters@tampatribune,,
Subject: Lying About the .50's Again

Tampa Tribune, editor

Reporter David Wasson
Reporter Michael Fechter

Angel Shamaya
Founder/Executive Director
National organization with members in Tampa
1109 S. Plaza Way, Suite 136
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(928) 522-8833

RE: Gun Control Advocates Reload
November 2, 2001


Once again the Tribune pays tribute to committed gun prohibitionist Tom Diaz of Violence Policy Center, presenting his distortions as if they merit legitimizing.

The .50 caliber rifle's cartridge is "capable of piercing airline fuel tanks from a mile away," you tell us, but what you fail to mention is that few people on the planet can hit even a stationary target at that distance with the gun.

You tell us that the gun was "modified for U.S. Military purposes in 1983," but you're off by 60 years. It was developed at the request of General John Pershing, just after World War I -- and has been used in every war since, owned by civilians for just as long.

You tell us that bin Laden "legally purchased 25 of the rifles in 1989 in the United States to help combat the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Justice Department," but what you fail to mention is that they purchased the guns from the federal government. Seems like a fairly important omission from your report, wouldn't you say?

Your report failed to mention the many other distorted myths Diaz and his gun prohibitionist friends are spreading about the gun:

* U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman tells us the gun "can shoot down airplanes" even though its maximum distance beyond all accuracy couldn't even approach the distance at which airplanes fly, let alone hit a plane flying 600 miles per hour.

* U.S. Rep. Rod Blagojevich and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who introduced the federal legislation you are promoting, tell us there is "no legitimate use" for this gun even though people compete with it and shoot it recreationally all across America without even a single recorded accident and only one crime committed with one in 60 years.

"You have to think about what this gun can do," squeals Tom Diaz, hoping you will buy his ruse while he connives his true, stated mission: to ban civilian possession of firearms.

You report that Arthur Hayhoe, executive director of the Tampa-based Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence said, "This weapon could easily be turned against us."

Guess what: So can the "free press".

Embarrassed that the Tribune got so suckered by these people,

Angel Shamaya

PS. If you'd like to read a careful correction of the many other lies these gun banners have been telling about the .50 caliber rifle and its cartridge and capabilities, please go look at the sound thumping these liars took last week:

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