Sunday, May 04, 2008

13,000 Chicago cops with assault rifles. Does Obama know?

Raleigh-based Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee reports on the kind of events Sen. Barack Obama tells us signal a need for America to abandon our mission in Iraq.

Only the events are happening in Chicago.

Here's Owens - - -

Fifty-four shootings in two weekends. Shot-up bodies recovered in groups of three and five.

Is this Ramadi? Basra? No.

Welcome to Chicago.

After a recent outbreak of gun-related violence, Mayor Richard Daley is now pushed into supporting a plan by new Police Superintendent Jody Weis to arm 13,000 Chicago police officers with assault rifles. Depending on how many weapons are eventually deployed, this may develop into the largest militarization of police patrol officers in United States history.

If the department arms 10,000 of their officers with M4s, the police will have 9,900 more assault rifles in Chicago than the U.S. Marines presently have in Fallujah, Iraq.

The plan is still in preliminary stages and the cost and logistics of supplying the rifles, associated magazines, optics, accessories, and ammunition are still up in the air. Also undefined is how the Chicago PD is going to be able to train their officers to use their new weapons in an urban environment without becoming a greater threat to civilians than the city’s criminal element.

The rifle tentatively chosen for deployment is a semi-automatic version of the M4 carbine. The M4 is a more compact variant of the M16 rifle used by the American military since the Vietnam War era. The M4 features a shorter barrel (14.5 inches versus 20 inches for the M16) and a multi-position collapsible stock.

Many companies make variants of the M4, and the Chicago PD should be able to obtain M4-type rifles for between $600 and $1,100 per unit, depending upon manufacturer and specifications. Modern military variants of the M4 rarely use iron sights as their primary way of aiming the weapon, and instead use various optical sights, which enable soldiers to acquire their targets more quickly.
Bob has a lot more to say about the training needs of police officers who’ll be armed with such weapons, the costs and risks of police officers carrying assault rifles, etc.

You can read it all here.


How did Sen. Obama’s home city reach such a state?

Does he support arming CPD with assault rifles?

Have things gotten that bad in a city where President Bush has had little impact but Dems supporting Obama’s crime control program have been in charge for decades?

And why aren’t we hearing more about this from Obama and his MSM flacks?


Archer05 said...

John, this is a good article to highlight. If you don’t mind me continuing, I found these statements interesting:

“Perhaps instead of [up-gunning] the police, it is time for Chicago to admit [its strict anti-gun laws have failed,] and perhaps rescind mandates that only disarm Chicago’s law-abiding citizens in the face of increasing violent criminal activity.

Mayor Daley is unlikely to see that logic, however. For him and those like him, guns in the hands of citizens are the problem, not the cure.

It is an irony lost on a man intent on turning his police force into a respectable third-world army, and his city into Chicagostan, Gaza on Lake Michigan.”

Again credit: Bob Owens blogs at Confederate Yankee.

Anonymous said...

If anyone questions Obama on this they would immediately be branded as racist.

Anonymous said...

John -

Archer05 is absolutely right. Let law-abiding citizens carry concealed weapons. While not a total panacea, I wouldn't be surprised to see the homicide rate fall quite a bit. But as Archer05 says, Mayor Daley is unlikely to see the logic of that.

Jack in Silver Spring

Anonymous said...

Are these shootings a case of thugs killing law abiding citizens or of thugs shooting other thugs? If the former, concealed weapons could be an answer. If the latter, what's the problem?