This is a two fer...
One attack the eeeevil "High Powered Rifle", even a .30-06 which is a pretty standard deer rifle in these parts....more antigun dreck to fuel the anti .50 BMG funk.
Two the "he is military and a sniper so we have to suspect him" crap, which ties into the crazed PTSD time bomb drug addict image the MSM pasted onto returning Vietnam vets, just part of the ongoing attempt to smear our veterans, regardless of in which conflict they served.
The guy said he heard the shot, not that he took it. (just because you can do something does not mean you did), but that would not give them an excuse to sack up this guy's firearms....
Amid the hype, I'll opt for a presumption of innocence.
Forensic investigators were able to determine the gun matched the bullet that brought down the helicopter.
You cannot do that without test firing the gun (rifle) and doing a ballistics check. To do that, (to match the two) you have to have a recovered bullet from the crime scene. Last I heard, no bullet had been recovered from the helicopter. So what gives with this BS?
Americans aren't interested in facts, he's a witch! Burn him!