posted on Jan, 7 2013 @ 11:20 AM
Catchy title isn't it? Gets everyone to come, click and read...huh?
I'm sure the LAPD figured it would too. That's probably why they used it as a headliner to their buy back program...despite the fact, this
apparently never actually happened that way.
Here is how is was reported by some!
US News at
When Los Angeles police moved up their annual Citywide Gun Buyback program to this week, they collected an arsenal that included 75 assault
weapons, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns, 901 handguns and — more surprisingly — two rocket launchers.
The weapons, essentially long metal tubes once capable of firing rockets, lacked the projectiles and parts needed to fire them, but even so had no
place on the streets, police
Source - UPI
Cops get two rocket launchers in LAPD gun buyback
Two rocket launchers are officially off the streets of Los
Gun buyback program in Los Angles takes 2,000 weapons off the streets - including two rocket propelled grenade
Now...what really happened?
It turns out both were one-use, AT-4 grenade launchers used by the U.S. Army in anti-tank operations. Yes they are grenade launchers (not really
"rocket" launchers proper) but these tubes are pre-packaged weapons that can be fired only one time and cannot be reloaded. They are one-shot only
weapons. So, yes, that means the tubes the police had were completely and permanently harmless.
But even more absurdly, at least one of the tubes was a training piece and never fired a grenade and never could have. It was a device used only for
showing young soldiers what such a weapon looks like. It is a hands-on training tool that is 100% inert, un-fireable, safe as a plastic kid's toy
As I look over at my shelf of odds and ends collected over a life of interesting stories to tell...I see a 40mm H.E. Grenade, a 20mm round, a 3 inch
artillery shell and one standard issue pineapple fragmentation hand grenade. All just a few feet from where my fuzzy tail sits.
I guess these folks would consider my home to be a menace to the city, if not society as a whole!
To people with the level of knowledge and understanding of the material displayed by the MSM in reporting this? I suppose folks like myself are. You
see...my little shelf of collectables contain demilitarized rounds and/or training shots. The 40mm grenade of Vietnam vintage has putty where the
primer would be..for a training tool. The others are perfectly real....but likewise without charge and hollow. Much like these
It's amazing what passes for news when the people writing it simply don't do any due dilligence any longer for verifying anything on a story.