Friday, February 1, 2013

Non-Rocket Launchers

The Los Angeles Police Department recently ran a gun buy back program.  It was considered a complete success by the Department and media.  They even purchased two rocket launchers.  The citizens of Los Angeles are so much safer now that these rocket launchers are off the streets.  Or are they?

One of them was an AT-4 training system.  That is, it was the device used to train soldiers to fire the AT-4 rocket launcher.  It was not a rocket launcher.  I cannot actually fire rockets.  It is not dangerous.  It was never dangerous.  It contains no rocket, no rocket fuel, no explosive.  It's like turning in a PSP with a first person shooter game on it. 

The second one was an expended AT-4 rocket launcher.  The AT-4 is a dangerous military anti-tank missile launcher.  This one had been fired.  It's like having a fire extinguisher that is empty.  It no longer functions.  It can't be reloaded.  They are simply a fiberglass tube of no more danger than a piece of plumbing pipe.  They are sold on eBay and are readily available because they look cool and are not dangerous at all.  So LAPD purchased two completely safe fiberglass tubes and claimed to protect us from rocket launchers.  Either they are ignorant or they are lying; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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