Page explanation (11/26/2008):
The page the reader came from to get here is a revision
suggested for the H-S Precision Website if H-S is honest and willing to
full disclosure. Maybe the management of H-S Precision should
update its "Trophy Room Gallery" as indicated showing the effectiveness of its products to include their touted spokesperson's victim.
According a to a blog at Free Republic (HERE), H-S Precision, maker of sniper rifles in South Dakota, has engaged former FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi as a company spokesperson.
Lon Horiuchi was the FBI sniper who killed Vicki Weaver while she was
holding her infant daughter, during the FBI's siege of the Weaver Home
on Ruby Ridge in Idaho in 1992. According to Wikipedia, Horiuchi was also engaged as a sniper during the attack on the Branch Davidian group home in Waco, Texas in 1993.
I contacted H-S Precision on November 25th, 2008 by email to give H-S a
24-hour chance to correct the information at Free Republic, basically
to assert that they have no connection with Horiuchi and the whole
story is a hoax. H-S Precision failed to respond to that
opportunity for clarification.
It appears that Horiuchi was engaged by H-S Precision because of his
contacts at the FBI, and his ability to land a lucrative FBI contract
for sniper rifles for H-S. Said differently, H-S made the
business decision to associate publicly with someone seen throughout
the gun culture as a villain, simply to make money. H-S made the
business decision to overlook Horiuchi's deeds and history for
profit. With H-S having crossed that far over the cultural and
ethical double-yellow, it is presumed that there is essentially nothing
H-S won't do for money - no other sell-out or ethically-repugnant
option is beyond the pale for them.
Therefore, we wish to spread the word everywhere about what a slimy
outfit H-S Precision is. We want everyone in the gun culture to
be advised to shun H-S products. We want everyone in the gun
culture to call their members of Congress and insist that Congress
slash the FBI budget for sniper rifles. We want all other players
in the firearm manufacturing business to know that we simply won't
tolerate their sell-out and ethical slumming for deliberate greed.
Other players in the business of firearm manufacture should take the
high road as did Ronnie Barrett when he refused to sell Barrett
products to Kalifornia law enforcement agencies after the Kalifornia
Legislature banned purchase of .50 caliber rifles for law-abiding
members of the public.
No quarter for H-S Precision. H-S needs to be the head mounted on the pike at the city gate. Spread the word!
Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana