A former US Navy SEAL is offering people the chance to re-enact the killing of Osama bin Laden for $311. Larry Yatch runs the role-playing game,
in which participants have the chance to shoot a person dressed as the terrorist with fake bullets, from the basement of a firearms studio in
Minnesota. The studio is set up to look like the Pakistan compound where the al-Qaeda leader was shot dead in a raid by US Navy SEALS last year. The
retired SEAL said 137 people had signed up for the game, which uses real weapons with military grade simulated rounds, in the past four months. But Mr
Yatch said the fake military operation was not just for entertainment but to teach self-defence. "It's close enough [to the real thing] that the
amount of adrenaline people have degrades their ability to even experience all of it at one time," Mr Yatch told MPR News.
I would be interested to get the take on this by ATS members with a military background (Beezer and ilk). Simulation and role-playing for
entertainment (and/or self-defence) is not a new thing but this situation has the potential to cause more animosity towards the west (and in
particular the US) via Muslim nations. I am led to believe that OBL is greatly revered in Pakistan and other Muslim countries - would this new
"game" not ramp-up anti-US sentiment amongst said nations - depicting a deceased Muslim in such a way and re-enacting his demise?
(That, of course, is if you believe he was killed in that compound in the first place - and not some time previous to that)
And, with so many shootings in the US recently and subsequent discussions on ATS about same, Mr Yatch's comments that it is not just for
"entertainment" - concerns me. Getting dressed up and unleashing a barrage of rounds (albeit in a controlled environment) does make me wonder:-
Scenario - what if one idiot goes through the simulation and a week later decides that he wants to try it out for real life - thanks to the Navy Seal
Promoting the use of weapons primarily for entertainment, imo, is not a good idea.