November 9, 2009
PRESS STUPIDITY ABOUT GUNS CONTINUES: Or maybe it’s just dishonesty:
The media is wasting very little time informing us that the weapon used by Major Nidal Malik Hasan in his rampage at Fort Hood was a “cop killer.”
Ft. Hood terrorist used a cop killer FN-Five Seven tactical pistol—20 round clip — Examiner
‘Cop Killer” Gun though to Be Used in Ft. Hood Shooting, Offiicals Said — ABC News
Fort Hood shootings: gunman used ‘cop killer’ weapon in massacre at US Army base — UK Telegraph
Ironically, there is no known record of that weapon even being used to kill a police officer in the United States, and there is a distinct possibility that Sgt. Kimberly Munley, wounded while engaging Hasan, may have been the first American law enforcement officer ever shot with a Five-seveN.
How did the Five-seveN get it’s “cop killer” reputation, then?
It was created in a Brady Campaign press release in February of 2005.
Funny how often things work that way. Where are the “layers of editors and fact-checkers” when you need them?
UPDATE: Several readers write, and Wikipedia reports, that the FN is used by Secret Service protective details. Can we say “weapon of choice for President Obama’s bodyguards” then?
ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader who says he’s a special agent with the Secret Service says that they don’t use the five-seven. What? Could Wikipedia be wrong?