“Donald Trump says make America great again. I say make America gun again. MAGA!”
Photo via Digital Roofing Innovations
Dressed like a Chippendales Uncle Sam, one enterprising Navy veteran and roofer is capitalizing on the nation’s birthday this year by tossing in a free AR-15 with each job he performs.
Zach Blenkinsopp, the owner of Digital Roofing Innovations in Decatur, Alabama, posted the video advertisement to Facebook on July 4, and it quickly racked up views — 175,000 at the time of publication. Perhaps that’s because the video is pure star-spangled brilliance.
“I used to live in Texas for a while and saw car dealerships doing this sort of thing, free shotguns with a truck,” Blenkinsopp told Task & Purpose. “I felt like the gun giveaways were never really done well, but if you’re a veteran and really push America and the Second Amendment stuff, I figured it would do well.”
The video comes with all the key ingredients for a viral post. Military veteran? Blenkinsopp served in eight years in the Navy, so that’s a check. Over-the-top Americana? Cowboy hat and boots, spangly bowtie, socks, short-shorts, Budweiser, and a rifle: check. A politically relevant joke? “Donald Trump says make America great again,” Blenkinsopp says in the video, “I say make America gun again. MAGA!”
Detractors may write it off as a gimmick or wag a finger at Blenkinsopp for using the nation’s birthday to close a sale, but announcing an AR-15 giveaway on the 4th is about as American as you can get, Blenkinsopp says.
Maybe this will revitalize the roofing industry. Last October, Weatherproof Roofing in Denver, Colorado, announced they were giving new employees AR-15s. The reason: They got short-staffed after offering the rifles to new roofing clients, and business got booming, so to speak.
So, if you’re in need of a new roof and a little range time, you have some options. As long as you like 5.56.
Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).