“This was a mobile shooter who had written manifestos on how to shoot and move, shoot and move, and that’s what he did”
See Dallas sniper attack: 5 officers killed, suspect ID’dThe title of TFA quoted on the right is simply wrong. Snipers generally don’t “shoot and move”. That’s an infantry tactic to confuse an enemy about location and number of shooters. A sniper relies on hiding, long killing shots and an accurate rifle. This guy was doing rapid firing out in the street with an “AR-15” type of rifle and large magazines. He only hid when the police closed in on him. He never fired a shot longer than 100 yards. He wounded 12 and killed 5. A sniper would have killed more than 12 under those conditions. One of his kills was from point-blank range and he fired multiple shots to do that. That’s not the actions of a sniper.
Of WWII, my father told the story that many of the Canadian soldiers were decent shooters from living in rural areas where one shot for food and to dispatch predators. They did not want to be snipers often because they considered shooting from concealment at long range as cowardly and not likely to result in being captured alive. At one point the Dallas shooter parked his vehicle on an empty street, put the flashers on and did rapid firing in two directions at police at both ends of the same block. Police with rifles could have finished him with one shot. The Dallas shooter was definitely cowardly but also definitely was not a sniper. In the military he worked at carpentry and construction. Small arms training was secondary to his primary mission of keeping the infrastructure together. Snipers are brave. The police who closed on this guy with pistols were brave although foolish. The Dallas shooter was just a murdering bastard.
Calling the shooter the murdering bastard that he was instead of “sniper” would not undo any of the harm he caused but it also would not insult those who have/had the skill and training and equipment to kill at long range from concealment. Explicit differences are that at long range a shooter has to know something of the trajectory of the bullets which can arc several metres above intervening distance, and accuracy of sub-minute of angle is required. This shooter relied on multiple shots to kill. He had very poor accuracy. He fired dozens of shots per kill. At such short ranges the trajectory could be assumed linear and ignored. He wasn’t sniping at all.