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Iowa Cops Are Buying Their Own ‘Assault Rifles’

From Fox News:

Police in Iowa city to buy their own semi-automatic AR-15s

By Joshua Rhett Miller | January 24, 2013

Police in one Iowa city could soon be buying their own assault rifles to carry in squad cars to ensure they aren’t outgunned by criminals in the wake of several high-profile shootings involving semi-automatic AR-15s, FoxNews.com has learned.

Bear in mind the news media mocks private citizens who say they don’t want to be out gunned by criminals.

Half of the 50-member force in Marion, Iowa, will take part in the upgrade, paying for the $2,000 guns in installments deducted from their paychecks, according to Police Chief Harry Daugherty. He said the proposal, expected to be approved by the city’s seven-member City Council late Thursday, will mean initial responders will have enough firepower to deal with heavily armed suspects. Currently, only members of Marion’s 12-member SWAT team carry AR-15s.

What paranoia. Criminals are never so heavily armed that you ever need more than seven bullets to deal with them. Just ask Andrew Cuomo.

By the way, when was the last time you ever saw members of a public union take a pay cut? They must think this is a matter of life and death. Which, of course, it is.

“We can’t wait for SWAT to get there,” Daugherty told FoxNews.com. “We have to do something and, at this point, the chances of the assailant having more firepower [than responding officers] is greater than vice versa. I want them to at least be on the same playing field when we’re going into these types of situations.”

But let a private citizen talk this way, and his doctor will report him to the authorities.

Marion, a city in eastern Iowa with roughly 38,000 residents, had zero recorded homicides in 2012, Daugherty said. The proposal to equip half of the department’s officers with high-powered assault rifles is not in response to any threat, he said…

You see? They’re just a bunch of paranoid kooks.

Under the proposal, the city will initially buy the AR-15s for $50,000. Twenty-five officers will then see roughly $55 deducted from their biweekly paychecks for the next 18 months to cover the cost of the firearm. At that point, the semi-automatic rifle becomes the officer’s property until he or she leaves the department or is terminated, at which point they will sell it back to the department, Daugherty said…

Again, they are paying for this out of their own pocket. Which should tell us something.

“What we’re proposing here, this makes sense,” he told FoxNews.com. “The situations that are out there nowadays, this is what they’re dealing with. I hope they never have to pull it, but they will be trained and qualified to do so if they do. If something happens at one of our schools, I just don’t want to send my officers into a situation where they’re set up to fail.”

At least one national law enforcement organization believes Daugherty is onto something.

“I do not think it’s too much firepower,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations. “It’s certainly a sound decision by the chief to equip the officers with better weapons to protect themselves and better protect the public.”

Huh. If you just listened to our mainstream news media you would have the impression that police everywhere are against any and all ‘assault weapons.’

And in an ironic twist, Johnson said would-be targets of those AR-15s will appreciate the likely change as well.

“For me, if I had to choose, I’d rather be shot by an AR-15 than a shotgun,” he said. “It’s more accurate over a longer range and you can neutralize a threat without exposing them or officers to greater danger.”

Tell that to Joe Biden. Who is an expert on all things great and small.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, January 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Iowa Cops Are Buying Their Own ‘Assault Rifles’”

  1. wirenut

    Assault Rifles: Clever use of a term by libtards to demonize whole groups of semi-automatic military look-alikes.
    Would you like to see my ‘Assault’, D cell battery,BIC pen, or empty bottle of brandy? Come on! Stop the maddness
    Gun free zones are victim ready zones. A well armed public is a polite one.

  2. yadayada

    funny…. cops admit they can’t wait for SWAT to get there (and to wait for an ERT to show up means cops are already on scene!!!) but ordinary citizens are constantly told by politicians to wait for police.
    average patrolman will always appreciate average law abiding citizen owning a firearm for self defense.
    I have been pulled over while driving (tail light out) and the officer asked if I was armed. when I told him yes, he simply asked where the weapon was and told me to not make any movements that could be misinterpreted. he didn’t seem scared or overly concerned. it’s only when the uncertainty of political appointment or office is thrown into the mix that chiefs, mayors, and councilmen, etc. begin to question the autonomy of the armed citizen.

    $2000 per gun?? whoa, they are getting ripped off !! many manufacturers give a law enforcement discount to individual officers and really big discounts to departments. early last year Colts were running for $650 – $700 each.

    and yes wirenut – any weapon used in an assault is an assault weapon.
    anyone want to see my semiautomatic assault pillow? very effective against my wife and kids on a Saturday morning.
    save the women and children !! ban assault pillows now !!




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