In reference to President Obama’s decision, I think you would find that he banned a lot of items that we don’t use anyway. I mean…I’ve never seen a department use a tracked armored vehicle, or a caliber higher than a .50 cal. To a great extent, I think it was a carefully planned move to satisfy those calling for “de-militarization” without actually taking anything awy.
The grenade launcher thing is smoke and mirrors, at best. We have launchers that are 40mm, but police departments use them for gas and direct impact (sponge or beanbag) type rounds. We don’t have access to HE rounds, that I’ve ever seen, nor would we want them. I’m not about to drop and HEDP round through a window just cos somebody made me mad.
IMHO, the whole “demilitarization” movement is a straw man argument, designed by crooks (and those who support them) to hamstring the police. They probably think they’ve achieved a victory here, but they really didn’t. [/quote]
X2^^^^^^^^^^.its all a joke anyway to spread some crap for the media/public.
on another note: A good cop died on the line of duty in Omaha. Someone started a discussion on PWI,This was a response from “Sexmachine” :
"I’ve tried to like police and take their side when it’s warranted but I really can’t keep that one up any longer either. Most are scumbags; the rest too weak to stand up to the others. Good cops? Yeah, there’s a few in each bunch but they’re too weak to do anything about the rest. But I’m sure they feel plenty bad about all the shit they see and don’t report. The good ones all leave quick smart when they find out what the force is really like. That leaves bad eggs and weaklings. Add a few lesbians and that’s your force.
I would’ve liked it better back in the day when they kick the shit out of you instead of setting you up. Hard to have respect for local court magistrates too when you know what most of them are like, what they overlook and how much respect they have for the law. I’m sure the cops will get by without me putting in my usual good word for them"
Nice isn’t it? you die in the line of duty by a piece of shit and this is a typical response. I have spent the last 11 years trying to track and locate terrorists, people who will cut your head off for sport. These same assholes are within the US, as gangs, “lone rats”, bikers, dopers, human traffickers, etc…and cops die fighting everyday and this above is a typical response. I think Robert A had it right, its time to move on from this type of shit.
It’s cynicism like this ^^^ that is keeping us divided and discouraging more and more of your population from participating in the political process. Most of the LEO’s that I know are good people who genuinely want to serve and protect their communities. I might disagree with some of them on some social issues or have some philosophical disagreements, but that doesn’t make them scumbags like this poster seems to be suggesting.
Yes, there are bad eggs, and unfortunately some of them are in administrative positions which gives them power to set policies for their departments and often wind up recruiting likeminded people, like we had in Ferguson where there was (at least according to the Justice System’s report/findings) a pattern of abuse of power and civil rights violations. That doesn’t make the whole system broken though and should not be used as justification to hate all LEO’s or not mourn the loss of good cops who are killed in the line of duty like the Omaha officer. Stories like hers break my heart to read (especially having a young child of my own) and just imagining the pain and sadness that her daughter and husband will forever feel at her loss and the fact that her daughter will never know or remember her literally causes my eyes to well up with tears.
What the hell is wrong with people in the World today that they seem to have lost all empathy or compassion for their fellow human beings?! I don’t care what color their skin is, what religion they practice (well, assuming they aren’t killing, maiming, or torturing people in the name of that religion), or what country they call home (again, assuming they aren’t killing, maiming, or torturing people unjustly in the name of that country); the lack of compassion for our fellow human beings and the amount of hatred, greed, and selfishness in this world is poisoning us as a species. There are still plenty of people fighting the good fight though and ther are still those doing their best to spread love, compassion, tolerance, hope, and peace to the World. So the fight is not lost yet. To those who can count yourselves amount that crowd (including Military personnel and LEO’s like Idaho and Mapwhap) I salute you and count you as allies.
Rant over. steps down off soap box