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Re: OT - Gun Owners should watch Maryland
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According to the Police Chief and the investigators in their press conference, it is from the same gun as the others.
[/ QUOTE ]As of the time of my post, the Fox News Channel was reporting that it was a different gun and were speculating that maybe the same sniper had changed weapons and MO to throw off the police. Now they are talking as if it is the same shooter. Maybe they just needed to fill air time yesterday. Reminds me of a story ex-President Ronald Reagan told once. Early in his career, he was doing a baseball game radio broadcast from a studio booth. They lost contact with the wire service and they didn't know what was going on in the game. He couldn't just broadcast dead air and he couldn't make up something that would not match the box scores. So, he thought quick and had the batter hitting foul balls. He had him hitting into the stands, line drives down the base line, into the dugout, everywhere, this went on for several minutes. When the wire service was restored he found out the batter popped out on the first pitch.
As to the gun "fingerprints", that changes every time it's fired. Not much, only slightly. Run a few hundred round through it and it's very different. It can also be changed in a few seconds if you know what to do. You can't change the number of rifling or the direction of twist, but that is common to all guns of that particular model and possibly some others. My biggest objection would be to paying the taxes to develop and maintain such a database and the associated errors with it. Last I heard, we've still got taxes paying for storage on gasoline ration tickets printed in the '70s but never used.
Not to make light of the situation in MA, my brother lives in the area, serial killings always remind me of a program I once saw. A guy goes out and starts shooting people at random then he murders his wife in the same manner. With his objective accomplished, he feels comfortable in the fact that his wife's death will be considered as a random serial killing. He neglected to kill anybody AFTER his wife so when the killings stopped the police just concentrated on the last killing and got him. Fiction, but I always wonder if somebody is using that story plot as the recipe for a perfect murder.