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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  The Column  >  Boston Mayor-Elect to Cops: You Don't Need AR-15's

The Column

Police and Law Enforcement News
Monday, December 30, 2013
  2:42 p.m.



It never ends. The mentality never ends.

Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh announced this past weekend that he opposes a plan to provide specially trained Boston police officers with AR-15's.

From the Boston Herald:

“Mayor-elect Walsh is opposed to the AR-15 rifles,” his spokeswoman Kathryn Norton said in a short statement yesterday. “Unless otherwise convinced by the Boston Police Department, he does not think they are necessary.”

After everything that has gone on over the past twenty years, how can this mentality still exist?

It gets better.  From the same piece:

Thomas Nolan, a former BPD lieutenant and now a criminal justice professor at the State University of New York, said Walsh is making the right decision because arming beat cops with high-powered rifles is counterproductive to establishing trust with residents. He noted firing a round from an AR-15 can launch a bullet two miles.

“If the cops have these machine guns, they’re going to use them,” Nolan said. “Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get killed, an innocent bystander is going to get caught in the crossfire and there is going to be a tragic result,” he said.

Former cop or not, these comments cannot go unchallenged.

Exactly how is an AR-15 secured in a locked vault inside the locked trunk of a police car going to undermine the effort to build trust with our communities?

That is just preposterous.

Such arguments reveal that the conversation is not about arming law enforcement; it's about gun control.  Such arguments reveal that some will put their own anti-gun agenda over the need for police officers to protect themselves. 

And that is reprehensible, especially when the topic at hand is protecting a city.

“If the cops have these machine guns, they’re going to use them. Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get killed," Mr. Nolan continued.

Ladies and gentlemen, the sheep have spoken.

Yes, someone is going to get hurt. That would be the cops, the good guys, if they are outgunned.

Mr. Nolan makes it sound like BPD will be the first to get AR-15's. These weapons have been part of the patrol officer arsenal in thousands of agencies for decades.

And how many deaths have we had from stray AR-15 bullets?  I'm quite sure if there was a case of an officer's errant bullet injuring someone, the story would have spent weeks in the headlines.

The real question here is this: In 2013, how can a major metropolitan law enforcement agency not have patrol rifles for their first responders?  How can a city that has experienced terrorism first hand not provide their first line of security with the tools necessary to combat terrorism, active shooters, bank robbers, barricaded suspects, and gang members armed with assault weapons?

We've seen video after video of criminals wearing body armor while using fully automatic assault weapons on police, and some want actually want to prohibit police from going any further than a handgun.

Regarding Mayor-elect Walsh saying that AR-15's are not necessary for police, we say good luck to the Boston Police Department. It sound like its' going to be a long four years.

How ironic that this is taking place in a city where ordinary citizens used their guns to rise up against an oppressive government.  Now the government doesn't want to arm themselves to protect their ordinary citizens.

Maybe bizarre is a better word.

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