Just when we thought that all of the hyperbole had been wrung out of the news of some “rocket launchers” which were bought by police in the gun buy back operation in Los Angeles, the LA Times weighs in with the news that those two expended tubes were actually from the military;
I guess that’s as opposed to the civilian version. But, I found the uneducated banter in the article even more hilarious.
Det. Gus Villanueva said the launchers were “stripped-down shells” without the technical parts needed to discharge a projectile. “They don’t have capability to discharge anything anymore,” he said.
Well, that and the fact that it can’t be reloaded anyway. What, exactly is a “stripped down shell” anyway? The fact that the inert tube can’t be fired again doesn’t stop one spokesman from dragging out the scary-gun meme.
Beck said he’s used to military-style weapons being turned in at such events. He noted that neither of the launchers had rockets in them, and they did not pose a danger.
Still, he said such weapons have no place on the streets of L.A.
“Those are weapons of war, weapons of death,” Beck said. “These are not hunting guns. These are not target guns. These are made to put high-velocity, extremely deadly, long-range rounds down-range as quickly as possible, and they have no place in our great city.”
The only danger those tubes posed to the community was if someone got hit in the head with one if someone swung it like a club, and even then, the victim would only suffer scratches from the various protuberances. It’s almost as if The Duffel Blog has their own police force.
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined in the hoopla;
“As you can see to my right and left, these weren’t just guns that weren’t functioning anymore,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference Thursday morning. “These were serious guns — semiautomatic weapons, guns that have no place on the streets of Los Angeles or any other city.”
If I didn’t know better, I’d think that the LA Times was just trying to make their public safety officials look foolish. I’m sure everyone involved will get medals and pay raises for their valorous seizure of the inert fiberglass tubes. And these are the people who want to dictate the country’s gun control policy.