hat tip sDee.
reader sDee has sent in an interesting film clip, and you may read her comments about it in the comment section of "you like apples obama? .... well how do you like these apples? ...." which is immediately preceding.
the link to the clip. -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLrxSgkqJQc .
i am no expert in the matter, particularly, but it is immediately evident to me that what ever the officer is examining and taking from the trunk of the car purportedly the one lanza drove to the school the day of the shooting, it is not an ar-15 rifle. it cannot be a "bushmaster" ar-15, nor any other brand of the rifle type, because it is not an ar-15.
watch the film clip. the officer picks the rifle up, and is seen to grasp something on the side of the rifle near the front of the receiver, as much as that can be discerned. but, he most definitely grasps something on the side of the rifle, works it back and forth rather vigorously several times, and something is seen to fly away in the dim light. presumably, a shell from the chamber of the rifle.
this definitely elimnates any possibility that the rifle in question is an ar-15.
because the action of an ar-15, the bolt group and bolt carrier (which control the feeding and firing of ammunition from the magazine), is operated from a handle which is located at the rear of the top receiver, and near its top, and not from the side of the receiver where the operating levers/handles of many other semi autos are located. the officer in this clip operates the action of the rifle from the side, and in the middle of the receiver, forward of where the operating handle is located on an ar-15.
simple at that.
what other sort of rifle might it be? well, when i was watching the film i thought, maybe it is an ak-47 or ak-74 or akm, or some other variant of the basic rifle. sort of a natural assumption, under the circumstances, and with the term "assault rifle" being bandied about like it is by "well meaning" politicians and members of the news media, aping the behavior of their handlers.
but, as i have watched the film repeatedly, this does not seem a likely scenario either. an ak has a very pronounced hump at the back of its receiver, and it is remarkably "lumpy" on the sides of the receiver, as a result of the safety lever/bolt lock being located on the right side of the receiver (the view we have of the weapon in the film). and, as much as i can clearly see the weapon, the receiver appears to me to be rather flat and slab sided.
the clincher is, the fore end of the rifle does not have the hand guard of either an ar-15, or an ak-47 or variant. the barrel appears plainly above a fore end that looks like the stock to a conventional rifle.
in sum, the rifle appears to me to be perhaps an ordinary .22 long rifle semi auto, certainly nothing to be trifled with, but certainly not in the order of the "assault rifle" ar-15 or ak-47.
i am afraid that the viewing public, and indeed, perhaps even president barack hussein obama, have been gulled and misled into believing that the rifle in the trunk was ghastly and nasty and evil, and certainly horrendously more deadly than an ordinary & prosaic .22 rifle. (i actually doubt that obama was "gulled." i think, rather, it is he doing the "gulling." personally, i doubt whether feinstein can tell her ass from a hole in the ground on such matters .... she simply does as directed.)
don't misunderstand me. a .22 long rifle is a deadly weapon.
it just doesn't feed the sensationalistic hyperbole of the news media, as they try to bootstrap this occurrence into a reason to ban "assault weapons," "assault magazines," "high capacity magazine" and god only knows what other sort of tom foolery that the left may have afoot.
and, guess what? the rifle did not look like an ar-15 to sDee, either. cuz, it wasn't.
john jay @ 01.01.2013
p.s. as i watch the clip, i looked for evidence of a magazine, to be able to differentiate what sort of rifle might be involved, ... , the ak-47 has a very distinctive banana swoop in the curvature of its magazine, which is a "signature" feature of the weapon.
i could not see whether the rifle had a magazine or not. that certainly doesn't preclude the possibility that the officer may have removed a magazine before the media began filming. it doesn't preclude the possibility that an ar-15 was removed from the trunk before filming either, but, it would be passing odd for the officer to have left the scene of his search with it, before filming, wouldn't it. who knows? whoever does know what happened in connecticut that day, apparently isn't talking, given the "variable nature" of the events as described by media and politician, and a media controlled by a politician.
the world takes on a sort of "plastic" or "malleable" quality to it, whenever obama is involved, doesn't it? fact is not as we ordinarily understand it, when obama has massaged a situation. like benghazi, and not just "sorta."