I think very highly of the men and women who work in law enforcement; I respect their Agencies and Departments.
And I'm a gunnie. A sometime recoil-junkie, who upon hearing full-auto fire at the range has been known to remark, "That's the happiest sound I know!"
Still, this is plain nuts. (Go have a peek, then come back). APCs for SWAT teams, okay; they're gonna be takin' fire and it make sense to expose them no more than is needful. APC packin' a Ma Deuce, the combo then named The Peacemaker? Sheriff, were we expectin' a coup? "Peacemaker?" Perhaps in the Roman sense -- Tacitus, quoting a captured Celt anent Roman troops: "They make a wasteland and call it peace." And troops seems to be the right term; let us hope they are as well-drilled and self-disciplined as the soldiers they appear to be.
It's more than a bit over the top. I'm sure somebody's gonna take me to task for bein' critical here but what works in a war zone might not be such a good idea for law enforcement in Anytown, U.S.A. When LEOs went to outshoot their suspects, we got helicopter firebombings, Waco and Ruby Ridge; when peace officers set out to outthink them instead, not such a tricky thing to do, we got the Indianapolis Baptist Temple standoff, a tense and touchy situation you probably didn't even hear about, resolved by a U. S. Marshall who figured the Feds could outwait anybody, without having to resort to any goofy PsyOps tricks or anything other than good old cop iron-assed stubbornness. It worked, too.
Smart works better than strong a lot of the time-- but strong's more temptingly faster. The Sheriff who bought this beast implies it is a weapon to terrible to use. Gee, I've never heard that before.
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CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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