Troy Industries has recently hired a several instructors for their “Troy Asymmetric” training division that have enraged many within the firearms community.
Recently Troy announced they had hired former Chicago top cop Jody Weis as an instructor for their training division. Mr. Weis has a long sordid history of being an outspoken opponent of the 2nd Amendment throughout his career as a police officer. After the events at Sandy Hook, Mr. Weis penned an op-ed piece for the Chicago Sun Times that called for “enhanced background checks” and a ban on “high capacity magazines for assault weapons”. Troy Industries is the manufacturer of the Battle Mag which is a popular polymer AR15 standard capacity magazine. Why Mr. Weis would seek employment with a company that manufactures products he lobbies to have banned is almost as perplexing as trying to understand why Troy Industries would hire him.
The ensuing outrage from the firearms community prompted Troy Industries to hand Mr. Weis his pink slip in fairly short order.
Then there’s the matter of Dale Monroe. Troy hired him as an instructor for the Asymmetric training group back in May of 2013. Perhaps you recognize the name Dale R. Monroe from news stories that circulated in the early 1990’s. Yup, you guessed it, I’m talking about Ruby Ridge. Back in 1992 Mr. Monroe was a FBI HRT sniper and his partner was Lon Horiuchi, for whom he was spotting. Together these two men were responsible for the death of Vicki Weaver who was unarmed and innocently holding her 10 month daughter when Horiuchi’s bullet cut her down. Some might say that Dale wasn’t the man who pulled the trigger and the murder of Mrs. Weaver was solely on the shoulders of Lon.
During the 1995 Senate investigation of the Ruby Ridge stand-off, Mr. Monroe testified that he was prepared to take the shot if he had a clear view at the time. Monroe also defended the actions of Lon Horiuchi during the Senate hearings. An internal DOJ task force had determined the shot taken by Horiuchi was unconstitutional to which Monroe told the Senate committee that he “totally disagreed”, according to this LA Times article.
The outrage over Mr. Monroe’s hiring has been escalating on discussion forums such as AR15.com. In response to countless angry posts the owner of Troy industries, Steve Troy, took to the interwebs to justify his company’s decision to hire the former FBI sniper. Shockingly, his post appears to defend Mr. Monroe and his involvement in the Ruby Ridge stand-off.
On August 22, 1992, Dale was an HRT Operator tasked to a mission in which he found himself facing armed adversaries. His thoughts were not only on the situation at hand, but the tragic death of a child and a U.S. Marshal. During this type of confrontation when people die, you don’t have the ability to pick sides, they are drawn before you arrive. Dale did what he was trained to do as a sniper / observer. He was fortunate not to have to take a life at this engagement. Special Agent Horiuchi made the regrettable shot, a mistake for which he will never be forgiven. Of the FBI Agents assigned to the Ruby Ridge tragedy, Dale has been one of the most outspoken. He has delivered dozens of presentations to more than 1000 civilians titled “Mistakes and Lessons of Ruby Ridge”.
Given what I know about the events of Ruby Ridge based upon witness testimony, including that of Mr. Monroe, I’m a bit stunned by Steve’s post. It appears he is completely ignorant of the facts surrounding the case and of Mr. Monroe’s own testimony before the Senate.
As of this writing Troy Industries has not terminated the employment of Dale Monroe.