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  •  The Cop Across the Street in Our 20,000 Town. (7+ / 0-)

    Insurance rates here are rock bottom for the region because of our low crime rate. Below what I paid on a Puget Sound island. Aint Bee would move here from Mayberry.

    Yet every week I get to see body armor, and periodically military assault vehicles.

    Half a day's hike from Kent State.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 08:55:14 PM PDT

    •  Let's say I hypothetically know a guy... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...who retired from a pretty lucrative career and joined a small town police department, where his buddy (another retired rich guy) is the chief of police.  

      This town is less than 2000 people.  Some years ago, it didn't have a police department -- it's policing needs were met (quite well) by the county sheriff's department.   However, rich friend of hypothetical friend, who has local political sway, convinced the town mayor and directors that they needed their own police force.  

      This police force has about five officers, part timers who need neither the job or the money.  Yet despite the fact they have five officers, this particular police department has more departmental machine guns registered to it with the BATF than my local SWAT team.  I live in a major, name-brand urban area.  One of these departmental machine guns may have been used to hose down a rabid dog.

      Yes, an $8,000, German made Heckler and Koch submachine gun designed for the British SAS, German GSG-9, French GIGN and other elite military anti and counter-terrorism teams like the Navy SEALs was used to blow away a rabid dog.  

      When not being used to make mincemeat out of the occasional rabid dog, the machine guns are, of course, in the custody of the officer to whom they are assigned.  Who, of course gets to take it to gun ranges and practice with it, since he has all the proper police and BATF paperwork.  He is a bona fide law enforcement official in possession of a legally registered departmental firearm, after all.  

      This particular police department is little more than a taxpayer funded gun club to allow good old boys to play with guns they would never have legal access to otherwise.

      It should come as no surprise that other departments want these kinds of toys, too.   I guess I can't blame them:  I'd drive a tank to work every day if I had one.  But I guess it's a good thing I can't buy one: most tanks get something like 3 gallons per mile.  I could only afford that if I was robbing taxpayers.  


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