Clarke OsborneSuffern Police Chief Clarke Osborne has spoken out about filmmaker Michael Moore’s recent comments referring to military snipers as “cowards:”

Osborne said, “The last few days have been a little hectic and busy in my own little world and after catching up on some news today I see that filmmaker Michael Moore decided to call snipers ‘cowards.'”

“Well Mr. Moore, let me clarify a few things for you, the first being that a snipers purpose is to protect ground forces by eliminating enemy and hostile forces who are looking to kill your own troops. Secondly, police snipers are a valuable tool and have been used to take out perpetrators who have harmed innocent victims including children and who have hostages at their disposable.

“I would be the first one to give the ‘take the shot’ order if it meant that a sniper could be used to eliminate the threat and protect one life. Thirdly, I don’t recall ever reading about you ever being in the military or in law enforcement where your life depends on others actions and where a snipers decision can be the only reason you survive and go onto fight another day.

“Yes, I know Moore tried to clarify his statement saying that a family member of his was killed in WWII by a sniper but making a blanket statement like this is a total slap in the face to anyone wearing a uniform relying on others to help keep them out of harms way. This is not a political post but a simple, common sense one my friends.”

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