The Associated Press’s attempt to place the blame for the casualties on law enforcement through a patchwork of misdirection, ignorance, deception and false appeals to authority that are nothing more than hearsay borders upon being criminal.
The premise for the article is to promote the recent biker-generated conspiracy theory that Waco law enforcement officers did almost all the shooting at the May 18 shootout at a Waco restaurant called Twin Peaks.
The article begins:
First came a few pistol shots, several witnesses said, then a barrage of rifle fire during the shootout last month at a Waco restaurant favored by bikers. But authorities still have not said how many of the dead and wounded were the result of police fire.
Police have identified only one assault weapon, a semi-automatic gun that fires high-powered ammunition, among the firearms confiscated from bikers, and that was found in a locked car after the shooting ended. But several witnesses — at least three of them veterans with weapons training — told The Associated Press that semi-automatic gunfire dominated the May 17 shootout that left nine dead and 18 wounded.
The assertion that “semi-automatic gunfire dominated the May 17 shootout”—and therefore must have come from police officers—shows an incredible amount of ignorance, incompetence, and bias.
You know why “semi-automatic gunfire” dominates almost every kind of shooting? It’s because semi-automatics have been around for more than 130 years, and the various semi-auto designs are by far the most popular action types in the United States for handguns and rifles (and are trending to overtake pump-actions for shotguns as well).