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Should police be allowed to use surplus military equipment?

Cheap or free gear for local police? Sounds good to me.
No. Police are meant to serve the people, not to threaten them.
If they use it properly I don’t see any reason why not, but I don’t feel comfortable seeing cops with assault rifles.
Nothing says democracy like a bayonet to the butt.

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The following article was posted on January 30th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 27 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 27

Think obligations over rights

San Luis Obispo

Steve T. Kobara

Regarding pro-gun letters in the wake of the Connecticut shooting that left 20 children dead, I quote Alexander Solzhynitsin: “We need to emphasize not human rights, but human obligations.”

Guns make killing easier and quicker. A gunman can disable his victim 100 yards away with a pistol, and 200 yards away with a submachine gun. With a 7.62mm rifle, he can kill someone at 1,000 yards, or even 1,000 meters, away without fear of retaliation. Guns’ immense power disables a victim instantaneously. The Connecticut shooter could not have killed 26 persons with a knife, or bayonet, or billy club.

Too many gun advocates yammer mindlessly about their “rights,” but seldom say a thing about the rights of children to attend school without being murdered. Despite their speculation over their “rights,” many pro-gunners ignore others’ rights and safety. Other pro-gunners argue that the June 2000 murder of three federal meat inspectors in a butcher shop was also Constitutionally protected. The right to own guns does not necessarily imply a corresponding “right” to shoot, let alone to commit murder.

Let’s all remember our human obligations.