Friday, May 23, 2008

Reach out and touch someone

D.C. Police to Carry Semiautomatic Rifles on Patrols
The D.C. police department's decision to arm patrol officers with semiautomatic rifles is promoted by commanders as a way to stay ahead of criminals. But it is raising concerns among civil rights groups and others, who question whether the weapons are necessary.
Hey, if you need the tools, I'm all for it. Nothing worse than needing your ViseGrips and reaching inside your toolbox and not having them.

The kids did what with them?

I'm also not a subject matter expert in what John Law needs to get the job done: I fix computers for a living. But take a gander at the specs for an M16A2 ...

Primary function: Infantry weapon
Manufacturer: Colt Manufacturing and Fabrique Nationale Manufacturing Inc.
Length: 39.63 inches (100.66 centimeters)
Weight, with 30 round magazine: 8.79 pounds (3.99 kilograms)
Bore diameter: 5.56mm (.233 inches)
Maximum range: 3,600 meters
Maximum effective range:
Area target: 2,624.8 feet (800 meters)
Point target: 1,804.5 feet (550 meters)

Muzzle velocity: 2,800 feet (853 meters) per second
Rate of fire:
Cyclic: 800 rounds per minute
Sustained: 12-15 rounds per minute
Semiautomatic: 45 rounds per minute
Burst: 90 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds
Unit Replacement Cost: $586

Do the police regularly have the need to engage bad guys up to 500 meters away? No? Is it possible there is a tool that fit the requirements better than an M16?

Could be.
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