I'd like to say he's staying out of it because he knows it's a loser. But the real reason he's staying out of it is because he's a lazy SOB. If it ain't golf, he doesn't want to hear about it. Sure, he'll give a teleprompted speech, but actually leading from the front? Forget it.
I hate these stupid stories where the dude clearly had a ND into his own leg and made up some dumb-ass story about is dog so that he didn't look as dumb. And the world nods and mumbles about how guns are dangerous, etc, etc, etc.
A Leupold 3-9 isn't that expensive and they are good scopes. As mentioned previously, it ain't a Nightforce, but then for an AR, I am not sure you need it unless you are being deployed.
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