Archive for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

KU Air Force ROTC students to use fake rifles in exercise this afternoon

February 24, 2009


Kansas University’s Air Force ROTC cadets will use dummy rifles as they participate in a training exercise this afternoon on West Campus.

The ROTC cadets often use the them for certain exercises. The rubber objects are shaped like rifles to give cadets a realistic feel during the exercise.

But the public should not be alarmed, KU spokeswoman Jill Jess said.

“They’re not shooting anything,” Jess said.

The exercise is scheduled to last until 6 p.m.


davidsmom 8 years, 11 months ago

"The rubber objects are shaped like rifles to give cadets a realistic feel during the exercise." I understand why they use these, but no possible way are the cadets going to feel as if they are using real weapons. Some JROTC units use "dummy" weapons for drill and others use real ones, and there is a difference in how they feel.

Robert Marble 8 years, 11 months ago

if Jill Jess has such a low opinion of the public as to assume the use of rifles in a Military type drill would be considered alaming, she should be fired.

If any member of the public were to find it a cause for alarm or protest, they should be deported.

SeaBee 8 years, 11 months ago


I consider myself a "liberal" and I own and shoot both long-arms and pistols.

In my opinion it is you that "suck".

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 11 months ago

They should be using real weapons with real ammo, and hopefully some innocent civilians will be injured or killed, because we want our troops-in-training to get the lesson that "collateral damage" is just a fact of war (and interventions, democracy-building, whatever other euphemism you prefer.)

cthulhu_4_president 8 years, 11 months ago

It's very funny that Marion is worried about " liberals emptying projectially at both ends ", while he continues to empty excrement projectially from his mouth on this forum daily.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 11 months ago

you all know that if they had not put this out then certain people would have complained about it. Never can please everyone and it seems like you can't please anyone around here lately oh well must be cabin fever.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 11 months ago

"Back to hating our soldiers, bozo?"

I'll answer that as soon as you answer whether you've stopped beating your wife.

Cooky_the_Cook 8 years, 11 months ago

I like bozo's idea. Hopefully some innocent civilians will be tortured and raped, too. Hopefully.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 11 months ago

Right you are, Cooky. No better way to teach squeamish Americans the value of these indispensable techniques.

Really, it should be part of the high school curriculum. After all, teenagers are notoriously good at torturing each other. Give 'em some advanced training in some of these techniques-- they can practice waterboarding each other over lunch hour.

kmat 8 years, 11 months ago

Marion - I have some family members that are trained snipers in the ARMY and are very liberal and a "soon to be married into the family" Marine who recently returned from Iraq and hates neo con jerk offs like you. Nice job you're doing of supporting our troops. To assume that liberals are anti military and anti gun just shows what a GIGANTIC jerk you are (we already knew that, but I guess you had to show us again). So, you got any apologies for your stupid comments since you're insulting our troops?

d_prowess 8 years, 11 months ago

Just so I understand, some people will be running around West Campus with things that "look" similar to guns and people on this board are bothered by the fact that KU and the LJW posted a notice about it so that someone driving by doesn't think it is someone with a real gun and intending to do harm.
I appreciate this kind of update and I bet the KU and Lawrence PD appreciate it too so they don't get a bunch of calls.

Jersey_Girl 8 years, 11 months ago

Personally, I wish the news space had been used for something important, like the plane crash in Stockholm. Or do people in Lawrence just not care about news that doesn't directly affect them?

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 11 months ago

jersey-girl this is from yesterday before the plane crash today.

Jersey_Girl 8 years, 11 months ago

momma - I know but my point was that this artlcle was incredibly pointless and that there are things happen throughout the world that have absolutely nothing to do with Lawrence that are infinitely more interesting than ROTC cadets marching around with rubber guns.

SeaBee 8 years, 11 months ago

Marion writes:

"Liberals suck as they are in no way “liberal” but merely Big Government types, intent on further degradation of our civil rights.

And in case, you didn't understand what I wrote; allow me to re-phrase it:

Liberals suck."

Well, Marion, when you paint with a broad brush you end up smearing areas you should not have.

I can't imagine (nor do I care to) what your twisted definition of "liberals" is. I suspect it reaches many people with whom I would not care to be categorized, or maybe not - judging from your incoherent rants.

Liberal I am. Yet still I own and shoot the civilian version of my service rifle and care very deeply about retaining the right to do so. I enjoy shooting my handguns on a monthly basis. Used to hunt but haven't for a while - bad knees. Wish I still could.

Oh yeah - I'm a registered Republican but haven't been able to bring myself to vote that way in at least 8 years. T'aint the party I grew up in anymore.

Figure that one out, Marion, as it seems you have everything else already figured out.

SeaBee 8 years, 11 months ago


Oh yeah - I truly enjoyed seeing the "neo con jerkoff" comment above.

Could not have phrased it better myself!

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