Sniper

IMG_4608.CR2: 30D, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/1600, f/5.6, 200 ISOIn prior years at the Remembrance Day ceremony downtown, I’ve noticed security personnel on the roofs of the surrounding buildings. Given that the Prime Minister, the Governor General, and all sorts of other VIPs were in attendance, I wasn’t completely surprised. Still, I’ve never really seen this sort of thing in person. This year I got a close-up view thanks to the 400mm lens I acquired since the previous Remembrance Day.

Although I didn’t see any of these people brandishing weapons, I’m certain they were snipers. The reason they were closely watching the crowd with binoculars instead of their rifle scopes is I suspect the gun-fearing city-folk would’ve reacted badly to looking up and seeing the business-end of a long gun looking back at them. I believe the sniper rifles within easy reach because without a weapon, they would not be able to do anything in a timely manner if they spotted trouble in the crowd. Sure they could’ve vectored people on the ground to the threat, but this would have taken precious time.

No, they were snipers.

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  1. Dee
    Posted February 25, 2008 at 11:45 | Permalink

    I think I recall that they had there weapons displayed more prominently during the post-9/11 commemoration ceremony on Parliament in the fall of 2001, in the week following the terrorist attacks. The crowd did not react to them one way or another, as far as I can tell. It was a colleague of mine who pointed them out and I wasn’t perfectly at ease with their presence (I am “the gun-fearing city-folk”) but certainly saw their utility, given the circumstances.

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