Marine Scout Sniper ‘Burning Cross’ Logo Raises Controversy G-Had May 7, 2012 Marine Corps 35 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: CAMP PENDLETON, CA – The Marine Corps’ Scout Sniper community has once again found itself embroiled in controversy this week, following the recent unveiling of a new unit logo which critics describe as a burning cross with the letters “KKK.” The new Scout Sniper unit logo was intended to replace the controversial previous one, a jagged “SS” that some complained resembled the emblem of the Schutzstaffel, a Nazi paramilitary organization responsible for countless war crimes during World War II. According to the designer, Staff Sgt. Nick Harrison, the logo was not intended to cause offense. ”It’s just a crosshair from a rifle’s optic,” explained Harrison. “Come on, we’re snipers! We’re so accurate that the crosshair is bursting into flames. And the letters ‘KKK’ stand for ‘Kill! Kill! Kill!’ which is in keeping with our warrior ethos.” He added, “If you ask me, there are just some full-time offended people out there who see what they want to see. They’re going to be upset with anything we do.” The new logo was originally unveiled at an April 4 picnic, which the Scout Snipers denied had anything to do with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination, saying it was just “random chance.” “Any date is likely to be the anniversary of something horrible if you look hard enough,” said Harrison. According to Col. Harold Tyson, an official from the Marine Corps’ Department of Heraldry, the burning cross was actually among the least offensive designs submitted by Scout Snipers as potential replacements. Inviting reporters into his office at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Northern Virginia, Tyson produced a stack of cardboard boxes simply marked “Rejected Scout Sniper Logos” in black marker. As Tyson reviewed some of the many rejected logos, he also produced the accompanying responses from Scout Snipers explaining what the logos symbolized. An image of Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK assassination came with the caption: “There are many famous Scout Snipers in American history, and we are always standing vigilant to guard our nation’s back.” A giant Iron Cross superimposed over the Confederate flag, with the ends colored in to form a swastika was labelled: “A salute to our German and Southern heritage.” “Okay, this one can’t possibly be taken as offensive,” began a note enclosed with what appeared to be a picture of a Scout Sniper raping a nun. The note went on to say, “He’s hugging a woman in a veil to show how we defend the people, just like those guys in The Boondock Saints. That’s also why we added the Latin motto.” The motto in question is the prominently-displayed “DEUS VULT,” a slogan popularized by Europeans on The Crusades. The last image Col. Tyson showed reporters was an MRE box received from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, where someone had simply scrawled in crayon: “Stop the Jews.” “We’re not quite sure what to make of that one,” he said. Phone calls to the Marine Corps Division of Public Affairs went unanswered. However, an automated voicemail contained the instructions: “to report a new outrage caused by the Scout Snipers, press three………….para reportar un nuevo escándalo causado por los Scout Snipers, pulse tres”. Duffel Blog investigative writer Dark Laughter also contributed to this report. Darrell Walker says: January 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM What fuccs me up is this asshole is surprised someone found his offensive… Unreconstructed Rebel says: January 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM I think they should take scalps. If they leave any that is. Seriously though, some people will find fauly with anything. TM Gibbons-Neff says: January 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM hardcore lulz Jorge Cortez says: January 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM LMFAO! Mike Harris says: January 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM I wish the media would leave the snipers alone. I would! anyone who could put a bullet in my face from a mile away? hell no, I wouldn’t be talkin shit. Mike Harris says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM I wish the media would leave the snipers alone. I would! anyone who could put a bullet in my face from a mile away? hell no, I wouldn’t be talkin shit. Ian Anderson says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM omg this made me laugh so hard! love it! Kurt Pietrzak says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM If you had a bunny rabbit with a set of cross hairs on his butt someone would scream animal cruelty most folks don’t care others have alway needed to complain about something. All it took was a few assholes to get in God we trust off our money. As for me all done being politically correct no more! it’s time to tell it like it is end of story. Jacob Oakes says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM I died laughing, this is awesome. Michael Hasbun says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM LOL..KILL KILL KILL! Brett Hatfield says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM You can kill bad guys, but you have to do it in a politically-correct fashion. In other news, Obock-A-Rama uses Executive Privilege to declare everything bad in the history of man is Bush’s fault. Paul Hughes says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM U.S military raped children at “Abu Ghraib” in Iraq. They’re the lowest shit to ever walk the earth. Terry Perkins says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM Well atleast we don’t take scalps or ears like we use to. The people screaming foul have never seen anything, gone anywhere, faced life and death situations or never served as well as get upset at the littlest things such as if you fart in the elevator even though you say,”excuse me”. Some people would bitch if you hung them with a new pink rope! Tabitha Rodela says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM “Stop the Jews” nearly killed me. Wrong time to take a drink. -=chokes from laughter=- Paul Szoldra says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM “If you ask me, there are just some full-time offended people out there who see what they want to see. They’re going to be upset with anything we do.”. Eric Swanson says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM I believe I just found my next tattoo. Thank You for bringing this to my attention. Scout Snipers have one function and one function only. To be “NOT NICE” to enemy pukes from long distances. Brett Weeks says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM I heard that the image of a s-s peeing on a dead body (adapted from the back of someone’s pickup) was also seriously considered… Bruce Adams says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM Love Marines, and Love Snipers, however I doubt Either Logo was designed without intention of pushing the Envelope, I think the designer was irresponsible in his design choices.. Patrick Sheehy says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM I’m sorry… but y’all get this is satire, right? Dillon Yost says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM The Iron Cross was only offensive when the Nazi’s added a swastika to it. It is originally Prussian and is still used by the Bundeswehr. Kyle Howard says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM Hell .. I think it looks great, I would have like to see the one with the iron cross they talked about also.. Jo Jo Bubba Junior says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM The next time these guys should pose wearing a Michael Jackson glove on one hand, rainbow colored afro-wigs and wear those horned rim glasses with the big nose and mustache with a banner that says “GAY PRIDE…” Nobody would even look twice let alone say anything to avoid presidential level controversy and lawsuits by the ACLU. Then again they could always option out for dressing like they are members of the New Black Panthers who are protected by Eric Holder and the DOJ. If you can somehow make it a gay or black “thang” and yell racist no JAG Off or commanding officer in the military will touch it with a ten foot pole. Anders Ekman says: January 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM We’re training these guys to kill our enemies…other humans that we don’t like. Leave then the fu*ck alone! Their logos might offend you, but you have no problem putting them in harms’s way and asking them to take another human’s life? These are the good guys. Back off… OscarThreeKilo says: September 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM He added, “If you ask me, there are just some full-time offended people out there who see what they want to see. They’re going to be upset with anything we do.” This is probably the most true line penned on this or any other news site recently. There are a lot of people who just plain suck at life, and try to make everyone else’s life as miserable as their own. Every time I run into one of those whiny bastards I get an overwhelming urge to gouge out his eyes and skull-fuck him. Darrell Walker says: May 25, 2012 at 2:15 AM @dimitri…yeah that one got by me until connor pointed It out to me…three weeks ago! Thanks for stopping by.