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Attacking Police to Steal Duty Weapons: A Gun-Control Conundrum

The Boston terrorists possibly killed officer Sean Collier for his gun, a surprisingly common and troubling tactic.

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Bob Owens

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April 24, 2013 - 12:02 am
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Tamerlan’s 2009 assault charge for striking his then-girlfriend meant he could not receive a firearm of any kind legally under federal laws. Dzhokhar’s age, 19, meant that he could not qualify for handguns under federal law. Neither man could qualify for a Massachusetts pistol permit for these same reasons, and the state’s ban on assault weapons — signed by Governor Mitt Romney — meant such rifles were not available for sale in the state without being heavily modified to comply with state restrictions.

Indeed, if the rifle is indeed correctly identified as an M4, it was almost certainly stolen from the military or police, as none have been manufactured for the civilian market since the Hughes Amendment became law in 1986.

Despite the state and federal laws, the suspects obtained firearms, and when they couldn’t acquire as many as they thought they might need, they apparently attempted to acquire more firearms by killing an agent of state they knew would be armed in order to rob him of his weapon.

This a tactic of the guerrilla fighter as old as war itself — the tactic was even encouraged by our own government for resistance groups in multiple wars. The FP-45 “Liberator” from World War Two and the CIA’s Vietnam-era “Deer gun” were both crude single-shot assassination pistols designed for the explicit purpose of murdering police and soldiers in order to obtain their duty weapons.

And therein lies the problem: to completely remove arms from the reach of criminals and terrorists, we have to disarm the police as well as law-abiding citizens. How well do you think that will sell down at the station?

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I know it's a minor point, and irrelevant at this point, but Mitt Romney didn't sign Massachusetts' ban on "assault weapons". The Massachusetts "assault weapon" ban was passed several years before he took office, and it was permanent.

During Romney's term as governor, the sunset of the Federal AWB created some ambiguities in the Massachusetts law. The bill that Romney signed, commonly believed to be an extension of the AWB, actually preserved exemptions to the ban which benefited gun owners.

http://www.goal.org/newspages/romney.html
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"Indeed, if the rifle is indeed correctly identified as an M4, it was almost certainly stolen from the military or police, as none have been manufactured for the civilian market since the Hughes Amendment became law in 1986."

This is semantic, but that is not true. M-4's are being made for the civilian markets, though obviously not the same M-4's the military uses (ie. no happy switch). Here's why. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_carbine#Trademark_issues] I've got a Windham that fits the bill.
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I'm a bit confused. First we're told that the brothers had only one handgun between them, and so they killed the cop to get a gun for the other brother. Then we're told that they had two handguns and a rifle when they were found. Which is it?
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In the larger cities, odds are pretty good that cops may be trading their guns for drugs.
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wow another criminal not obeying the law about firearms.

But thankfully those with guns did manage to make one less criminal on the streets.

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an (almost certainly misidentified) M4 select-fire assault rifle. STOP using their terms ... INANIMATE OBJECTS CAN NOT ASSAULT!!!!!

Old west -- Sheriff: Tell me AGAIN what happened in this bar fight? --Participant: Well, ya see sheriff, he picked up that "assault chair" over there and hit me with it and then he pulled out his "assault colt .45 peace maker and ..."

STOP USING THEIR IDIOTIC MEME!!!!!
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Assault rifle is a proper term for a select fire rifle that uses a round smaller than 7.62mm and is capable of automatic fire. Assault Weapon is the fabricated term.
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The problem is not that we would have to disarm police. The problem is that police would be in far greater danger than if criminals could get guns some other way. (So much for the idea that the NRA endangers cops.)

If necessary, cops will make sure criminals can get guns some other way. After all, _most_ guns possessed by criminals are _not_ for the purpose of killing cops.
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Also, to use the Progressives' own logic: further restricting guns will only result in more gun runners. Just like the war on drugs hasn't stopped drug dealers, banning gun sales will only make (current) law abiding people magically become criminals overnight. People will still want guns (for protection, hunting, whatever), but now they will break the law in getting them. We only increase the number of criminals, not make us safer.
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That is why open carry for non-law enforcement citizens is not a good idea. Concealed carry is much better.
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Especially since virtually all of the civilians I have seen practicing open carry have little to no situational awareness. It's a wonder they don't get rolled for their guns. Concealed is definitely the way to go.
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Now we can set up gun free police zones for the ultimate in safety.

This case is living real life proof that gun control laws only prevent law abiding citizens from acquiring guns.
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