posted on Jul, 14 2012 @ 11:15 AM
I don't have a problem with the idea that police are armed. Firearms are just tools. The actions of those arms, good or bad, are determined by the
weilder. A police officer in the US or England could save lives with a firearm, a police officer in the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany frequently did
evil acts with firearms. It is not the tool, but the user.
I can't see silencers or assault rifles for a regular beat cop, but they are appropriate tools for special units such as hostage rescue and
anti-terrorism. Perhaps that is the intent.
As for a grenade launcher, it is an appropriate tool for dealing with violent and destructive riots when it shoots tear gas, but I can't think of an
appropriate police use for fragmentation grenades. It is the ammunition that makes the difference rather than the launcher itself. Any tool such as a
firearm can be used for good in the right hands. It all goes back to who polices the police, I guess.