Sunday, May 31, 2009
Bumbling Boston Bigwigs Botch Police "Assault Rifle" Issue, Media Inflames Debate...
Notice the hyperbolic tone used to describe these firearms, and the faux attempt equating them with true assault rifles (aka: machineguns, here incorrectly described to "spray" bullets around), as if semi-auto clones do not already exist. Additionally, explain to me the idiocy of retrofitting machineguns into semi-automatics? Both local "officials" and Police Bigwigs are outright ignorant regarding firearms, yet are making decisions about how they are to be used, a microcosm of the larger problem from the White House on down to the individual American gun-owner. Yes, if the anti-gun nuts don't trust the Cops with so called "military style" semi-autos (i.e. normal semi-auto that outwardly resembles a machinegun), how are they going to feel about law-abiding citizens owning them?. This is the twisted message hidden between the lines in this scare-tactic laden excremental piece of yellow journalism...The lies within other lies seasoned with a small measure of truth continue to be the standard mind-control message when it comes to semi-auto firearms:
Police getting more firepower
200 to be armed with assault rifles
"The Boston Police Department is preparing a plan to arm as many as 200 patrol officers with semiautomatic assault rifles, a significant boost in firepower that department leaders believe is necessary to counter terrorist threats, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the plan...The M16 rifle is a standard, military-issue weapon distributed to US armed forces. It can be used in the field by soldiers with a fully automatic function, operating as a machine-gun, but the Boston proposal is to arm them the weapons for semiautomatic operation. The law enforcement officials who discussed the proposal said department leaders have described the need for more potent weaponry to confront terrorists like the ones who attacked hotels and other sites in Mumbai, India, last November, killing 166 people and wounding 234 others. But the plan has sparked a debate within the Police Department about the safety of routinely deploying military-grade weapons...Some police union officials, who are scheduled to discuss the firepower upgrade with department management today, are concerned that the weapons are too powerful for city streets and that they could fall into the wrong hands and be used against police officers and citizens...the department already has received 200 fully automatic rifles from the federal government and plans to modify them to perform like semiautomatic weapons, shooting only one bullet at a time instead of rapidly spraying bullets at targets, the law enforcement officials said"....
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