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Do you see what those police officers are carrying? Those look an awful like M4 Rifles. You know the Military issue rifle capable of FULLY AUTOMATIC or AUTOMATIC BURST fire. That is where the the user pulls the trigger an if in Burst mode it fires more than one shot, usually 3 rounds. Or they could be the ones where one pull of the trigger will fire the rifle until the trigger is released. You know FULL AUTOMATIC.
Those rifles since the GCA of 1986 have been illegal to be registered or owned by civilians. And yet a POLICE OFFICER can order himself one on his department letterhead and then take it home.
I'm sorry but if you separate Law Enforcement from the general population, Law Enforcement officer have a higher percentage per capita of crime than the general population.
Here are a few examples:
Florida police officers face charges for illegally selling guns over internet
NYPD officer accused of stealing, selling guns
8 Officers Charged With Gun Trafficking in U.S. Corruption Case
Former police officer pleads guilty to illegally selling guns, some in Pierce County
Do I need to add in about the officer's who were taking bribes, or the ones who ran their own drug ring? Then there is the former officer the above officer's are looking for in that picture.
I'll even give you the link to that story so you can see for yourself:
Hunt for ex-cop goes on amid Calif. snowstorm
I used to be in Law Enforcement, I KNOW what a large majority of officers are like and just how LAZY they are. Granted there are quite a few who hold themselves to the standard and do their best to meet those standards. However the "Thin Blue Line" and the pervasive attitudes inside Law Enforcement, which protect bad officers from prosecution for their actions. Do you think I'm lying? Look at Second City Cop's blog, go through his archives. He calls out bad officers in addition to bad bureaucracy on his blog almost everyday. And that is in Chicago. How many example do you want me to post? I know of hundreds of them. I'm quite sure MattG and Lawdog know a bunch themselves.
That is why this is a Pro-Gun Control post. Until such time that Police Officers police their OWN rank and file, and there is NO corruption or graft inside their departments, they should be restricted to the same firearms that Ms Feinstein and Pelosi want to restrict the rest of the country with. And this includes ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES as well. TSA, BATFE, FBI, CBP, ICE and all the rest of you alphabet agencies. Until such time as there is no corruption, graft, misuse of authority or anything else going on in your departments, you are also restricted to the same laws as you would enforce on the general population.
But that is as it SHOULD be. You should be held to the same laws as the rest of the country, and so should the politicians you are serving instead of the people you are supposed to serve.
However we all know that is not how it is.
I personally think many people who have found themselves on the wrong end of the .GOV need to start fileing suit under their Fourteenth and Fifth Amendments.