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The Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff's Department has acquired an armored personnel carrier complete with a turret-mounted .50-caliber belt-fed machine gun for its Special Response Team.
Sheriff Leon Lott told the Columbia State newspaper that he hoped the vehicle, named "The Peacemaker," would let the bad guys know that his officers are serious.
"We don't look at this as a killing machine," Lott told the paper. "It's going to keep the peace.
The Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff's Department (that's them above) just obtained an armored personnel carrier, complete with a belt-fed, .50-cal turreted machine gun. Sheriff Leon Lott has charmingly named the vehicle "The Peacemaker," and insists that using a caliber of ammunition that even the U.S. military is reluctant to use against human targets (it's generally reserved for use against armored vehicles) will "save lives."
Originally posted by namehere
well hell, if cops can have a .50 caliber, then we should be allowed m-16's, silencers, scopes and sniper rifles; in respect to the intent of the right to bear arms.
Originally posted by UFOTECH
The problem is with those old APCs is they are easy to defeat if you know how and will provide officers with a false sense of security against a real threat.
Originally posted by jerico65
Well, the cops are using them for protection against RPGs, but riots and people armed with bottles and bricks. Small arm fire, too.