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  •  OFFS, way to tarnish a good cause (5+ / 0-)

    sporting a useless piece of plastic

    The AT-4 is a single-shot, disposable light anti-tank weapon.  The good officer in the pic is holding a very expensive piece of PVC pipe.  Wish they'd done the right thing and slapped the asshole who "turned in" that junk for $$$.

    The hysteria around that worthless, harmless junk just belittles an otherwise great effort and idea.

    We haven't met but you're a great fan of mine

    by Great Cthulhu on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 08:33:59 PM PST

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    •  I Know There's Been Quite A Bit Of Upset Around (3+ / 0-)
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      dwayne, Ellid, smartdemmg

      here about guns lately but IMO, in a diary about easy access to deadly weapons, the technically precise specifications for portable WMDs is just not relevant.

      That "useless piece of plastic" was described by LA police officials as one of two rocket launchers turned in at a Buy Back event.  Whether the launchers turned in are capable of firing one or two or ten rockets says nothing about how and why citizens in LA (or any other civilian community) have access to them.

      Gun advocates who hope to rely on insider jargon or argot are missing the bigger picture. Most Americans do not own weapons and they are not interested in the technical categories of these lethal weapons.  

      If that plastic tube can blow a hole in a tank, doesn't it bother you that it is available for purchase by civilians?  If some anonymous person has the plastic tube, who's to say he doesn't have the ammo too?  And is there a reason anybody other than a soldier needs to have access to plastic tubes that can launch rockets?

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