There is a TV show called “Fear the Walking Dead.” And today in America, we are faced with at least 12 million of the Walking Dead, which is how many people supposedly watched the 60 Minutes broadcast from this past Sunday night. The Walking Dead haven’t, or more likely can’t, wake up to the fact that most of the news we have been fed for the past 50 years has been faked. Our entire paradigm has been the product of an engineered perception and world view, but that time for that has come to and end. That the Walking Dead exist isn’t the problem as much as the fact that many of us fear them.
Remington has been a primary and constant target of the fake media. And why? Because they are one of only a handful of names in American firearms that have mattered over the past two centuries. They matter today because the Remington 700 rifle and the Remington 870 shotgun are still pillars of shooting sports and self defense, and Remington is a name that people naturally associate with positive feelings about guns and shooting. Those Remingtons are made in Illion, NY by Americans, about 3,000 of them. There is little reason to attack Remington for anything, so they had to invent one.
A portion of the Walking Dead, and there are a heck of a lot more than 12 million of them, are what many have come to refer to as “Snowflakes.” They chose the left side of the fake news paradigm, and they are far easier to manipulate than the Walking Dead on the right (the ones who think arabs took down the twin towers and that the snooping security state makes them safe, and that global warming is a hoax, but that’s for another day). Snowflakes, who are generally the most intolerant of individuals, have bought hook line and sinker that if we just learn to be tolerant of each other, the world can become a utopia of peace and love. If you are not tolerant, you need reeducation, because something inside of you is broken. We don’t need guns. They are the source of the problem.
Lockstep for the Snowflakes is all that matters. Once they are told that guns are bad, that gun companies are bad and that people who support gun rights are bad, for them it is game over. Mark Twain once said “It is easier to fool someone than it is to convince them that they have been fooled.” There is no group of people in the history of civilization that have been more fooled than the Walking Dead, and the Snowflake variety has a natural inclination, it seems, to question nothing.
CBS is one of the news outlets that have filled their ranks with a hit team of agents specifically instructed to exploit the useful idiot Snowflakes on the left, and this past Sunday, they ran a piece on 60 Minutes yet again attacking Remington. As you will see in the link to Remington’s response, and my overview, with the support docs, the attack is unfounded, and fraudulent.
And yes, I did watch the 60 Minutes report, but because I’m under 70, I didn’t watch it live on TV. I found a download, and it was a classic hit piece using the same regurgitated “150 complaints” on the Walker trigger, and “several” complaints on the newer X-Mark Pro.
As always, the report fails to take into consideration that the Remington 700 is not a collector rifle that nobody shoots. By their own count, there are 7.5 million Remington 700s in the market, spanning both eras of trigger. Statistically it is impossible that if there was any endemic problem with any era of the Remington 700, that there wouldn’t be thousands of demonstrable cases where the gun fires without pulling the trigger, and the injuries and accidents would also number in the thousands.
The Snowflakes won’t consider this on their own, because they can’t accept the idea that they are not unique, and that they are just a statistic like the rest of us. This is perhaps the most sad aspect of the Snowflake mentality, the need to feel special, and more special than everyone else. Unfortunately, when you boil it all down, we are all ultimately a statistic, and with 9 billion people on the planet, and countless billions who have lived and died on this same planet with the mostly the same stuff, there is very little chance that any of us can do that is truly unique. We live, we die. Three generations later it will be surprising if anyone even remembers our name. None of us are really all that special.
The 60 Minutes report includes some actual Youtube videos of the gun firing without pulling the trigger, but with such a dramatic and potentially viral topic, 4 guns out of 7.5 million is impossible if we were to take these ‘Tubers at face value. An occasional manufacturing error could cause a random case where a trigger design fires when you drop the safety, but that there is no followup to the videos whatsoever. Remington duplicated one specific case in extreme cold where too much Loctite in a production process had made 4 out of ten guns able to fire without pulling the trigger, but only one of those videos involved cold weather. Statistically such a manufacturing blip would show up very seldom, because few people use a 700 in extreme cold, and most people practice at least a modicum of muzzle awareness anyway, and we don’t point our guns at each other.
You would think with the advertising dollars you could make on Youtube rivaling “Charlie Bit Me,” that the people with these supposedly factory faulty 700s would follow up by showing that the guts of the gun have not been altered, take measurements, pictures, video, and then send the gun to Remington for their analysis and correction. None of that exists. You can make an M1A go occasionally full auto with a nail file. Making a Remington 700 go bang by dropping the tang safety can’t be that complex of an intentional modification, and most likely that what happened to those 700s.
I would have made a companion video to go with this article that showcases the liars and cheats involved, but legacy TV media is really aggressive with Youtube copyright violations and they would take the video down in a matter of hours. The impetus for the story is the father of Zachary Stringer, who shot and killed his brother in 2011. Like most firearm accidents, it started with stupid stuff. He loaded the gun to threaten the 12 year old brother. But he didn’t have good discipline with putting his finger into the trigger guard until he intended to fire, and he accidentally pulled it. It’s a sad story of course, and this was a dedicated hunting family which makes it even more painful for those of us who value families like that. If you troll some peer to peer download sites you’ll find the broadcast, should you want to watch it.
After Zachary was arrested and charged with manslaughter, The father testified at the trial against his own son, until he saw that the family could make money off of the death. Ultimately it’s all about money, and the “reputation” for the bad Remington triggers was just the avenue for one specific attorney to sell the family on the concept of going after Remington for damages in a civil lawsuit. Disgusting, but that’s the world we live in, until we rise up to change it.
And disgusting is the key word for the 60 Minutes report as well. The segment is only six and a half minutes long, but they managed to get in some very mentally visual footage in not just the Stringer case by interviewing the child shooter, but an actual animation of another accidental discharge case in another case from 2011 where a girl was killed in North Carolina, by yet another guy who played with a loaded gun and put his finger in the trigger guard. The Walking Dead eat that stuff up. I wonder how many of them turned to their partner watching the TV and said “We really should get those guns out of the house.”
In the Stringer case, Zachary was suddenly let out of prison on good behavior the day after the 60 Minutes crew showed up, so they got to interview the kid. Just like all of the scripted fake Sandy Hook actor parents, Zachary showed a complete lack of emotion for his dead brother who he killed. He neatly describes how he heard the gun go click, and it fired (like that ever is possible). He then walks you through the terrifying flash of the muzzle, and calmly explains, devoid of emotion, how half of his brother’s head came off.
They knew at 60 Minutes that in the internet era there was no way they could get away with a fact of the case that put Zachary in jail. Turns out that after accidentally shooting his brother, Zachary grabbed his brother’s gun and put it between his dead brother’s legs, to fake that he had shot himself. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, and it’s icky enough to perhaps show malice aforethought, which nobody wants to be believe, but they had to include it.
That’s a huge oops, and why any self respecting reporter or production coordinator would kill this story as soon as they learned that detail. Would one person in the whole world believe that the kid was not lying about the trigger? The jury didn’t either, and I am quite sure that they wanted to, as we all would, had we been selected for that jury.
The other case, Jasmine Thar, is a freak accident with a really sad ending. The guy was cleaning or more likely fondling his Remington 700 inside of his house and he accidentally fired it. The bullet first blew through a window, and then flew into two women standing outside in it’s path, center mass. It passed through the window, through the first woman, and killed Jasmine right there. If the victim had been in Massachusetts or New York, the rest of the story would have gone down a whole different way, but no charges were filed on the shooter in North Carolina.
This case was apparently a standard accidental discharge that nearly every regular shooter has experienced in some way shape or form. As an avid shooter it is hard to accept , but we all are subject to accidental discharges over the course of our lives. But here we go back to statistics, because statistically, all accidental discharges have the potential to defy obstructions and kill someone. Usually, in almost all cases, nothing happens. If you are always careful with your muzzle, there is only so much damage a bullet will do, in most cases. This was just one of those times, that statistically have to occur.
60 Minutes bumps right over the fact that if the Remington 700 had a specific design flaw that was endemic to the guns, such crazy airplane crash types of events would happen far more often, because no human error would be involved in an accidental discharge. The Remington 700 would also be disproportionately involved in by far the majority of all accidental discharges, because rifle bullets can defeat exponentially more obstacles than pistol bullets.
Remington’s response is extremely comprehensive if you regard the list of links. As a company, they cannot speak in the frank terms that you see here, (and I included the Sandy Hook stuff so they wouldn’t link to this or ask to hire me as a consultant), but I think they really should have taken the gloves off for this one. It is time for American’s to stand up and bang on the table and say no more fake news. No more false flags. No more hoax events to promote an anti-gun or any other agenda. The news is supposed to be objective. If you want to run a story that accidental discharges happen due to human error a lot, or that there are people who show up deer hunting with a rack of beer, have at it. But there is nothing wrong with the Remington 700, and there never was.
On February 19, 2017, 60 Minutes broadcast a segment about Remington Arms Company, LLC and two tragic incidents which occurred in 2011. In narrating the details related to each incident, 60 Minutes omitted and misrepresented key facts which would have allowed the viewer to have an accurate and complete understanding about each. For example, 60 Minutes knew but did not disclose that both of the rifles in question were examined and tested by forensic scientists employed by each state’s crime lab and were found to be in proper working order. Remington provides this response to offer a more complete record of the relevant facts and a comprehensive overview of the incidents described in the story, and the recall which was at the center of the story.
The 60 Minutes segment showcased two separate incidents which it alleged stemmed from issues related to the rifles’ trigger mechanisms. Although Remington shared voluminous information and spent hours providing background information to 60 Minutes related to the recall and the two incidents, 60 Minutes failed to offer its viewers critical facts and content core to each incident. It is imperative that 60 Minutes viewers, our customers and the public, have accurate and complete information related to these two incidents as well as to the recall of Model 700 rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”) triggers and the settlement of the Pollard v. Remington class action lawsuit.
Remington stands behind the safety and reliability of its products and vehemently denies allegations by 60 Minutes and others that there is any design defect in another trigger mechanism, the Walker trigger mechanism. Remington made a commercial decision to put an end to the expense and uncertainty of protracted litigation, and agreed to settle the Pollard class action on terms which are in the best interests of Remington and its valued customers.
Separately, after Remington’s own investigation determined that there was a possible assembly error affecting some XMP triggers, in April 2014 the company immediately and voluntarily issued an international recall on all Remington products with XMP trigger mechanisms manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 and broadly promoted and advertised the recall. Under the recall program, over 350,000 XMP trigger mechanisms have been replaced. Firearm safety remains our number one priority.
Remington was first contacted by a 60 Minutes producer in October 2016 advising that CBS was “working on a [60 Minutes segment] in regards to the XMP recall and the pending Pollard Class Action Settlement.” The 60 Minutes producers, representing that CBS was interested in airing “a complete, well-rounded, and accurate report,” asked Remington to provide background information about Model 700 rifles and about two independent incidents involving Model 700 rifles. Given this representation and with the hope that 60 Minutes was truly interested in producing a balanced and accurate report, Remington sent 60 Minutes numerous records and information on those topics, and it also directed CBS to specific, readily available public records related to the topics chosen as the focus by 60 Minutes.
It is distressing that most of the information Remington provided to 60 Minutes was not included or ever referenced in its February 19, 2017 Remington segment. To set the record straight and to provide Remington’s valued customers and viewers of the 60 Minutes segment with a complete and accurate understanding of several of the matters presented in the segment, Remington provides below a listing of information either in 60 Minutes’ possession or readily available to it in public records before it aired its segment. This material puts the 60 Minutes’ segment in context and exposes 60 Minutes’ pre-determined viewpoint and intentional omission of key facts that would have reflected balanced reporting of the circumstances of those tragic incidents.
Topic 1: The Stringer Incident
60 Minutes presented the tragic story from Mississippi of then 15-year-old Zachary Stringer shooting and killing his 11-year-old brother with a Model 700 rifle in June of 2011. 60 Minutes represented that Zachary was convicted in the shooting death of his brother with a Remington rifle even though Zachary “insisted it went off by itself.” Leslie Stahl then suggested that the rifle fired because of a potential manufacturing defect (excess bonding agent) which prompted Remington in April of 2014 to voluntarily recall all Model 700 rifles with XMP trigger mechanisms. Remington had previously explained to the 60 Minutes producers that to be subject to the recall condition of a potential unintentional discharge caused by excess bonding agent on the blocker screw, the excess bonding agent had to be of a certain consistency and the rifle had to be being used in certain cold weather conditions. The rifle was indisputably not being used in cold weather conditions when it was being handled by Zachary Stringer inside his home in Mississippi in June of 2011.
When 60 Minutes told Remington before the segment aired that it intended to address the Stringer tragedy, Remington sent 60 Minutes the following materials: (1) the Mississippi Supreme Court decision affirming the manslaughter conviction of Zachary Stringer; and (2) the transcript of the trial testimony of the forensic scientist from the Mississippi Crime Lab who had examined and tested the rifle. The Supreme Court decision set out in great detail the facts of the incident and the trial transcript of the forensic scientist’s testimony detailed her examination and testing of the rifle conducted after the shooting. CBS withheld the following facts from these materials in its possession:
- According to the Supreme Court decision, Zachary gave law enforcement officers three conflicting and inconsistent accounts of how the shooting occurred. In his initial handwritten statement given to officers in the presence of his parents two days after the shooting, Zachary claimed his brother had shot himself while the two of them were home alone. Zachary later admitted that immediately after he shot his brother, he put his Remington rifle back in his closet. He then retrieved his brother’s shotgun, “fired a round into the woods, and placed the shotgun between [his brother’s] legs” in an effort “to make it look like an accident.”
- In Zachary’s second statement, given almost two months after the first statement and in the presence of his attorney, he claimed that after his brother shot the family dog with a dart gun, Zachary retrieved his Remington rifle from his bedroom. Without checking the rifle’s action, Zachary claimed the rifle fired as he got up from the couch in the living room.
- In Zachary’s third statement (given a week after his second statement), he claimed his brother was pestering him and pretending to shoot him with the dart gun. At that point, Zachary said he threatened to shoot his brother if he continued to pester him, and he loaded a round in the chamber of his Remington rifle. Zachary claimed the shooting that followed was accidental.
- As shown by Mississippi Supreme Court decision and the trial transcript provided to 60 Minutes, the rifle was examined and tested after the incident by a forensic scientist from the Mississippi Crime Laboratory. As the transcript of testimony from the trial shows, the forensic scientist performed functional-reliability tests on the rifle, including drop and impact tests, and the rifle did not accidentally discharge and was determined to be “in good working order.”
In sum, the following materials were not referenced or acknowledged by 60 Minutes although they were provided to 60 Minutes and are linked herein: (1) the opinion by the Mississippi Supreme Court; and (2) the transcript of trial testimony of firearms examiner for the Mississippi Crime Lab.
Topic 2: The North Carolina Incident
60 Minutes also reported on a shooting incident occurring on December 23, 2011, in Columbus County, North Carolina. One woman was killed and two others injured by a single bullet discharged from the bedroom inside a neighbor’s house across the street. The 23-year-old neighbor and owner of the Remington rifle claimed he was retrieving the rifle (which was in a gun case) from his bedroom closet. Thinking the rifle was unloaded, the neighbor pulled the rifle from the case with his right hand while holding a cell phone in his left hand. As he pulled the rifle out of the case, it discharged. The bullet traveled through his bedroom window and across the street where it struck the three women as they were walking to their car.
60 Minutes suggested that the rifle fired without the trigger being pulled because of the potential manufacturing defect which prompted the April 2014 XMP trigger recall. When 60 Minutes told Remington that the segment might include the North Carolina incident, Remington sent the 60 Minutes producers the following materials (none of which were referenced or acknowledged by 60 Minutes in the segment): (1) the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s report on its examination and testing of the rifle in question; (2) the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report on its separate examination of the rifle; (3) the initial report and the subsequent deposition transcript of the firearms expert hired by the attorneys for the women’s families in their subsequent lawsuit against Remington; (4) the transcript of the recorded statement given to local law enforcement on the day of the incident by the neighbor who was handling the rifle; and (5) an e-mail string between the attorneys representing the families of the women regarding their expert’s findings on examining the rifle. In addition, 60 Minutes had knowledge of, and access to, the Mecklenburg County court file which included the complete transcript of the deposition of the neighbor. In airing the portion of its segment concerning the North Carolina incident, 60 Minutes withheld and omitted the following facts:
- On the day of the incident, the neighbor told law enforcement that the rifle fired because “I must have bumped the trigger.”
- The neighbor testified at his deposition that he thought the rifle was unloaded at the time of the incident.
- The NCSBI examined the rifle and found it to be functioning properly.
- The FBI examined the rifle at its Quantico, VA laboratory and found it to be functioning normally.
- In his initial report of March 31, 2014, the firearms expert hired by the family’s attorneys stated that, based on his examination and testing of the rifle, it “displayed no conditional nor configurational defects that would cause it to fire in the absence of a depressed trigger.”
- In an e-mail string between the family’s attorneys, they reported that their firearms expert found the rifle to be “within factory specs with no visible defects.”
- In his deposition of May 14, 2015, the expert hired by the family’s attorneys testified to the following: (A) his opinion that at the time of the shooting the man handling the rifle did not know it was loaded; (B) the rifle’s safety was in the “OFF” or “FIRE” position at the time of the incident; (C) if the safety had been engaged in the “ON” or “SAFE” position, the rifle would not have fired under any circumstances; (D) during his inspection of the rifle, he never found any excess bonding agent (Loctite) to be in any way interfering with the safe operation of the rifle; and (E) that in the usage of the rifle before the incident and in the multitude of tests performed on the rifle after the incident, the only way the rifle could be made to discharge was by pulling the trigger.
The materials provided to 60 Minutes by Remington and linked herein included the following: (1) the NCSBI report; (2) the FBI report; (3) the statement of the gunhandler given to law enforcement on the day of the shooting; (4) the transcript of deposition of the expert witness hired by the plaintiffs’ attorneys; (5) the initial March 31, 2014 report of the plaintiffs’ expert; and (6) an e-mail string between plaintiffs’ attorneys.
Topic 3: Verdicts in 2008 and 2011
60 Minutes also made reference to a 1994 verdict against Remington in a case involving a Model 700 rifle with a Walker trigger mechanism (the Collins case). 60 Minutes did not disclose that in the only two injury cases tried to verdict since the Collins case involving Remington trigger mechanisms containing the connector component, both juries returned verdicts in Remington’s favor finding that the Remington trigger mechanisms were not defective. Both of these verdicts were provided to 60 Minutes before the segment aired, and 60 Minutes intentionally failed to disclose these verdicts to its viewers. The verdicts provided to 60 Minutes are linked herein: (1) the 2008 jury verdict in Williams v. Remington; and (2) the 2011 jury verdict in Hull v. Remington.
For decades, Remington bolt-action rifles have been a favorite of millions of American hunters, target shooters, law enforcement and military personnel. Remington continues to stand behind the safety and reliability of its firearms. That is certainly true for its bolt-action centerfire rifles, including the Model 700, which has earned its reputation among millions of satisfied users as America’s most popular, reliable and trusted bolt-action rifle.