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Federal Agents Raid FPS Russia Star’s Home: Seriously?

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It’s no secret that firearms are a hot topic nowadays. However, some people are taking this ridiculousness to new levels. It seems like there’s this new-found paranoia about firearms by the liberal elite in Washington, D.C. that is starting to trickle down to the mere mortals of the middle class.According to recent reports, Kyle Myers is one of these mere mortals.

For those of you who don’t know, Kyle Myers’ residence and his father’s farm were recently raided by more than forty law enforcement agents on suspicion of illegal activity in connection with his usage of high-powered rifles, explosives, and other forms of weaponry when he embraces his alter ego, Dmitri Popatoff, on the popular YouTube series, FPS Russia. Despite its being the tenth-highest ranked program on YouTube, Kyle Myers has been under investigation for violating federal law by using such explosives and for the suspicion of manufacturing explosives

In multiple pieces, ATF spokesman Richard Coes made a pretty obvious point by stating, “The claim is that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube.” I have a pretty obvious response to this: no shit, Sherlock. Yes, he does get paid. In fact, he’s probably living every red-blooded American male’s dream: getting paid to blow stuff up and shoot random targets. In Hollywood, they use explosives and guns all the time in movies and make it look totally unrealistic. So, is someone who shows how guns are really used that different? If anything, he is helping society, not hindering it! I personally know people who collect guns the way others collect coins or stamps. While I have no idea how they afford it, guns are simply an item that can be bought and sold just like anything else. I understand that it is incredibly important to have the necessary qualifications and permits when it comes to manufacturing both weapons and explosives, and that their use is subject to enforcement by federal agents, as well as local and state law enforcement; that’s common sense! However, considering that everyone involved in the investigation left empty-handed, I feel that it’s pretty safe to assume that this wasn’t the case. While I’m not a federal agent, I would imagine that common sense would say that using a very public “business”, such as FPS Russia, would be a bad front when it came to making and selling illegal guns and explosives. Wouldn’t you agree?>.However, if you buy legally made weapons and your goal is to educate and entertain the public about how to use guns properly and how guns are in real life (as opposed to on Call of Duty and in movies), then, that seems like more of a public service to me. Yes, he has blown up cars, refrigerators, and toilets on his YouTube show but, I don’t see anything malicious about that. However, if he were killing humans or animals, I could see a problem. But, he performs all of his demonstrations in a closed, secure environment. None of his videos seem offensive; he doesn’t use coarse or derogatory language nor does he demonstrate violence in his videos. He simply shows how firearms and explosives are used.When there are drug cartels, street gangs, and other illegal groups that run drugs, do you really think that someone like FPS Russia should be the subject of such a ludicrous investigation?

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    Um, Kate –

    You said:

    Kyle Myers’ residence and his father’s farm were recently raided by more than forty law enforcement agents on suspicion of illegal activity in connection with his usage of high-powered rifles, explosives, and other forms of weaponry when he embraces his alter ego, Dmitri Popatoff, on the popular YouTube series, FPS Russia.

    You really should look more closely at your references before you make a decision as to why the raid was conducted, because nowhere did you mention that there was an ongoing investigation into a suspicious gunshot death. From your second reference:

    The raids on the Myers’ properties were staged as part of an investigation into the death of 32-year-old Keith Richard Ratliff, who was found dead on January 3. Ratliff and the Myers family were co-owners of gun producer FPS Industries; Ratliff was also executive producer of the FPSRussia channel, acquiring or creating rare weapons for the show.

    Ratliff was killed by a single bullet to the head. Though a large number of firearms were found at Ratliff’s business premises, the murder weapon was not among them. The investigation continues, and so far no names of possible suspects or persons of interest have been revealed.

    From your third reference:

    Although the ATF states that the search was based on his use of explosives, Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas gave WHLR a contradicting statement. He said that Tuesday’s raids were in connection with the Keith Ratliff homicide investigation, the business partner of FPSRussia who was shot dead three months ago from a single gunshot wound to the head.

    Looks to me like the sheriff, while conducting his investigation into what looks like a murder, noticed all the guns and explosives and called in the ATF. I mean, hey – if you’re a law enforcement official conducting a murder investigation and you can see that a possible suspect has many firearms and a lot of explosives, you’d sure as heck better call in the ATF just to make sure that said possible suspect didn’t decide to do something stupid…

    …because if he DID do something stupid and it came to light that you had conducted a murder investigation and found he had all that lethal hardware, but you still did not call in the Feds, it would be YOUR ass being pilloried by every politician and media figure who could reach a microphone.

    Sooo…NO, this wasn’t a case of those big guv’mint libruls a-comin’ in black helicopters to take away guns. It was part of an investigation into a death that may or may not be a homicide.

    Next time, please be a bit more careful before making accusations, okay?