Skip to comments.Teens protest Chicago PD getting rifles
Posted on 11/21/2008 8:58:25 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan
CHICAGO Nearly 100 teens marched outside Chicago police headquarters Thursday night to protest the department''s plans to equip officers with semi-automatic rifles, saying the weapons could make the streets more dangerous.
Carrying signs like "Stop the War on Youth," teens said they didn''t trust police with the high-powered weapons and worried gangs would be encouraged to bolster their own arsenals.
"The only people who need these guns are in Iraq," said Arthur McGraw, 19, an organizer with the nonprofit Southwest Youth Collaborative, which organized the rally. "It''ll shoot through brick, car doors. Say your family is in the house eating and there''s some gang violence. When they shoot these [the bullets] can come into your house and shoot your kids."
Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said Thursday that though police have ordered and received some of the guns, police are not yet using them. Their use will be phased in over the next three years.
In April police Supt. Jody Weis said he wanted to equip all of the department''s officers with the high-powered weapons as part of an overall crime-fighting strategy, arguing that officers are outgunned on the streets. Officers currently carry pistols, and only SWAT officers carry rifles, M4 carbines.
Mayor Richard Daley publicly backed Weis'' plan, saying the rifles would put officers on equal footing with armed gangs and criminals.
All of the states laws serve only to empower the lawbreakers and endanger the noncriminals.
What a sad state of affairs.
What is the penalty for being caught with a handgun?
Sounds like these youts are Ayersbots.
I went to high school with the NYPD Police commissioner's daughter, so I took note of and remember his public pronouncements, including one,(circa 1970) in favor of the 0.38.
One big advantage of shotguns and semiautomatic rifles is intimidation. These kids understand this perfectly well.
Speaking of intimidation, my cousin retired after 20 years on the NYPD and never drew his weapon once. He's far from physically intimidating at 5’ 9” , 165#, he just knew how to deal with people. He ended his career as a lieutenant detective on the Manhattan District Attorney's homicide squad, so he was far from being a desk jockey.
OMG!! I'm in deep, smelly brown stuff. My loaded .357 lives in my Navigator's glove compartment. I also have a dog who's half American Bull Dog. Take me to Rededucation NOW!!
I would think the level of over-penetration risk would be as much a function of the ammunition as the style of weapon. Higher velocity does not always translate to increased penetration. Further, I would think accuracy would be key to minimizing danger to bystanders. If guards can shoot a rifle or carbine more accurately than a pistol, I would think that would be a good thing.
Of course, I have no idea whether ammunition was chosen wisely.
For some people, having a bad guy get shot is far worse than having an innocent get killed.
Dickless Tracy in action. She just needs to turn the gun around, then the magazine will be pointing in the right direction.
Bullets, SUVs. They're all evil!
“The police should not be allowed to have
any weapons that those in their jurisdiction cant have.”
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If “they” have a need for them, then so do I.
Lose the zero, ok, so we know what you’re writing about. It’s a .38.
I want to thank these kids for taking the lib talking points and using it against king daley and his thugs.
His thugs will probably “lose” a couple of crates anyway to the gangs.
Well, not without Bill Ayers' education reforms they couldn't.
You did see the thread where a guy was given a pistol by his mother, didn't you?
MP5’s fire pistol rounds. Hence the “sub-” in submachinegun.
That girl is going to be really pissed one day when she has to pull the triger and hears nothing but a CLICK.
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