Monday, August 25, 2008

Cops Gone Wild Part 15: The Machine Gun Funk Edition

Some New Jersey residents are in a funk over their local police department stockpiling heavy artillery. Bergen County's police departments are using federal money received from Homeland Security grants to purchase machine guns. Police officials are reportedly allowing officers to use their personal discretion to decide when to implement usage of the weaponry.

It seems extreme to some that a suburban police department, with a very low crime rate, would find it necessary to amass assault rifles that can fire "10 bullets per second." However, according to CBS news, this is a trend that is spreading across various New Jersey police departments.

CBS states that the head of the National Police Defense Foundation is using the reasoning that "after the massacre at Columbine, police departments started realizing they couldn't wait for the S.W.A.T. team or for Emergency Services to bring them sophisticated rifles."

Although there are residents who are comfortable with this line of reasoning, like others, I personally doubt that readily having machine guns on hand would have deterred the Columbine event. So what exactly is the New Jersey police preparing for?


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