Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Oh, This Is Gonna Be GOOOOOOD...

#1 Blogdaughter sends in another story illustrating why I'm glad to be from Massachusetts, rather than in Massachusetts. This is going to get ugly, and it's going to get ugly for the enemies of freedom.

Incoming Boston mayor, police clash over AR-15 proposal
Boston police are clashing with the city's incoming mayor over a proposal to arm some officers with AR-15 rifles.

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh came out against the plan over the weekend. The Boston Police Department had been pushing for a limited number of officers to carry the high-powered rifles, in light of recent mass shootings as well as the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year.
Please, please, PLEASE, Mayor Walsh, please pick this hill to die on. Please make this a rock-solid cornerstone of your administration, that Boston PD not be allowed to carry AR-15 style rifles. Please, make the stance that the police are no longer special, protected classes. Please. I beg you. AR-15 style rifles are so dangerous that not even police should have them, yes. So are magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds, now that you're thinking about it...

You see, I want law enforcement on board with the forces for freedom. For too long, they've been getting exemptions from the onerous gun laws passed, from being allowed access to new machine guns to carrying magazines in excess of 10 rounds during the Clinton ban, to using AR-15 pattern rifles when many want to ban them completely. It's time that being a law enforcement officer NOT exempt one from the laws that govern us all.

Because once the rank-and-file start feeling the effects of the various gun control efforts, it won't take long for all those FOP endorsements to dry up...

That is all.

8 comments:

Adam said...

It's common for the suburban police to have patrol rifles. Here in Marlborough, Hudson where I'm from, Southborough, they all carry rifles and shotguns. I'm actually shocked the BPD doesn't have them already, as they rolled tanks down Copley in April.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I agree with the Mayor. I'd go further. Police should have to jump through the same hoops and same restrictions that they're grocer neighbor, or the insurance salesman across town.

Ideally, then, I'd free up regular folks' restrctions to make life easier on the Police.

Stretch said...

Um? "High-powered rifles?"
Clearly they've no knowledge of ... well, I'll just end the sentence there.

Ed said...

Walsh is afraid that they will shoot their eyes out.

KM said...

the city would buy 33 AR-15 rifles, at $2,500 apiece

$2500? WTF!
Is my wife shopping for them while she's out getting more shoes?

Firehand said...

Oh, This just made my day!
"Hey, Boston PD, how's it feel to be treated like the commoners?"

Anonymous said...

what will happen is that the mayor will let the police have them, as the police are special guardians of justice and normal citizens are dangerous threats to order. then people can start reporting on each other as owning guns and the police will show up like it's Bagdad in 2003.

Anonymous said...

Jay as a mid-western police officer I totally agree. The bad guys are going to get guns no matter what. Hindering citizens ability to defend themselves, violating their Constitutional rights to choose the weapons of their choice, and exempting police because ... they're the arm of the good government and the sheep should just let them handle it, are recipes for disaster.

Most cops (even on the liberal coasts) are pro-gun, but with exemptions, it becomes too easy for them to stand on the sidelines of the issue because they can still get their AR-15's, high cap mags, and other prohibited items.

Putting them in the same situation as citizens should push the FOP and PBA to be less catering to the left's rantings because they're "union", and instead focus their support on common sense solutions.