I should just warn you ahead of time that this is a disturbing post and, in it, we will be discussing someone’s possible murder.
You know, it’s times like these when I’m glad to have gun nuts who read me. I only wish Say Uncle wasn’t on vacation.
So, here’s the deal. Some footage, supposedly from Minutemen down guarding our southern border has appeared on YouTube. I saw two of the clips over to David Neiwert’s. Both clips appear to have been taken by the same person. The first one shows, or purports to show, him taunting some Mexicans as they cross the border, talking about how he wishes he could kill them, and then him firing his gun. The second one, which I watched yesterday before YouTube took it down, shows him, or purports to show him, shooting and possibly killing someone he claims to be an illegal immigrant.
I, not being a gun nut, can see lots of ways that these could be fake. There’s no way to know if these were actually filmed at the border. There’s no way of knowing if anyone was actually hit. And the “grave” at the end of the snuff film is clearly added for cinematic value.
Here’s my question for you, gun nuts. Is this legitimate footage? I don’t mean for you to answer whether I really watched a man get killed. I mean, from a gun nut standpoint, what am I seeing here? Is the camera hooked to the gun scope? If so, can that be done? Is that really what footage would look like or would we get a whole screen and not just a round window? Do you see what I’m saying?
To me, who knows little about guns, this looks to me like what I’d expect to see if I looked through one of those fancy scope-thingies, but I don’t know that that’s what a camera would see.
That’s where I could use your help. Is this real or is this fake? Not that we can say definitively, but I thought we’d have a cross-range of people who could lend some interesting opinions.
Now, I hope it goes without saying that, real or fake, making films like this is–that claim to be real–and posting them on the internet is a terrible thing. If someone died, what you’re watching here is plain evil. If Minutemen-like groups are making these videos for their own amusement, it really is going to just be a matter of time before someone thinks that this is what folks in the Minutemen are supposed to do and someone gets killed.