LAPD caught engaging in gun-control propaganda

Posted by: Phineas on January 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Remember when Los Angeles’ latest gun buyback program made headlines last month because a couple of “rocket launchers” were turned in? Pretty scary right? A dramatic, powerful argument for more “smart” gun regulations, no? A perfect illustration of Senator Feinstein’s attempt to ban weapons with a “military characteristic,” don’t you think?

Only problem is, they weren’t real:

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 gun.

As Paul Szoldra explains, “It is, quite literally, a long, green fiberglass tube that does nothing.”

Further, these hunks of plastic can be bought at many military surplus stores and have even turned up on on eBay in the past.

What we really have here is the LAPD making a big story out of nothing and a gaggle of Old Media lapdogs lapping up the fake story because they haven’t a clue about the topic.

And don’t tell me that no one in LAPD, not even its notoriously pro-gun control (1) Chief, Charlie Beck, knew the difference. They just thought the public would be as gullible as a MSM reporter.

Sorry, Charlie.

(1) Check out this CBS article for a good example of Chief Beck mouthing the party line in the face of strong evidence of a correlation between rising gun sales and a decline in gun-related injuries and deaths. And, contra the Chief, gun buybacks don’t work (PDF).

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “LAPD caught engaging in gun-control propaganda”


  1. Libertarian Advocate says:

    Hahahahaha: I don’t know what’s funnier. That LAPD was exposed for its phony PR blitz, or that they actually got sucked into buying the harmless tubes.

    When you want to trick a dingbat, always seek out an impassioned liberal, they’ll bite every time.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    What fuels the propoganda is the level of ignorance of the general public. In Navy boot camp in San Diego (in the good ol’ days) there were recruits who had never so much as laid eyes on a real weapon. It showed at the firing range and that same lack of knowledge shows up in today’s LSM commentary. As stated in a earlier post, they do not know a Glock from a glockenspiel.

  3. Carlos says:

    With most of the LSM fully trained in socialist/progressive activist “journalism”, and none, literally NONE of them military vets, is it any wonder none could see what was going on?

    It was only necessary for them to report what the lying chief had said, and follow the progressive line that the buyback program was a success. All else is simply either irrelevant or contrary to the “facts” as the LSM wants the public to believe. Their only goal is for a totally dominant, tyrannical government.

    And they’re doing a pretty good job of it, too.

  4. “Excuse me, Chief. I see a couple of empty plastic tubes you collected in your gun buy-back program. What are they?”

    “Rocket launchers.”

    “Really? Hmmmm. Wouldn’t true rocket fuel destroy or at least distort the plastic tube?”

    “These can only be used one time.”

    “So they can’t be reloaded?”


    “So these are no longer dangerous.”


    “So why did you buy them?”


    Yeah I know, an intelligent reporter. In my dreams…

  5. Mr Glen Conkling says:

    =))Buybacks only take guns away from the innocent. Even if they change the laws, only the innocent will be hurt because the bad guys don’t care about the law.

  6. Drew the Infidel says:

    At those buy back venues the street thugs monitor who is selling what. If they see a rival, rival’s associate, or other enemy selling, they plan accordingly. And do not think that does not happen.

  7. dmacleo says:

    the AT4 is also a SWEDISH (saab bofors) weapon.

  8. dmacleo says:

    I should clarify, while a sweedish weapon it is used my many countries.
    the point is a foreign made weapon that was already illegal to own was gotten by a criminal.