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LAPD caught engaging in gun-control propaganda

Posted By Phineas On January 6, 2013 @ 1:01 pm In California,Gun Rights,Media Watch,Police | Comments Disabled

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Remember when Los Angeles’ latest gun buyback program made headlines last month because a couple of “rocket launchers” [1] 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 [2],” don’t you think?

Only problem is, they weren’t real [3]:

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 [4], “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 [5] 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 [6] 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 [7] (PDF).

(Crossposted at Public Secrets [8])

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URLs in this post:

[1] “rocket launchers”: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/28/16221808-rocket-launchers-surface-during-los-angeles-guns-buyback?lite

[2] military characteristic: http://www.calwatchdog.com/2012/12/31/feinstein-ignores-gun-stats-announces-bill-to-ban-guns/

[3] they weren’t real: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/05/Fake-News-L-A-Cops-Media-Tout-Rocket-Launcher-Seizure-That-Wasn-t

[4] explains: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-lapd-got-punked-and-bought-back-rocket-launchers-that-literally-do-nothing-2012-12

[5] turned up on on eBay: http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/at4-inert-rocket-launcher-trainer-rare

[6] mouthing the party line: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57561950/as-calif-gun-sales-go-up-number-of-gun-casualties-goes-down/

[7] gun buybacks don’t work: https://www.bja.gov/evaluation/e-news/apr-may10.pdf

[8] Public Secrets: http://pubsecrets.wordpress.com