A week ago Wednesday, the Chattanooga Organized for Action generic email address asked a generic councilperson a question on the generic purchase of AR-15s for its police department. Below is their email reprinted in its entirety for perspective:
City Council Representative,
Last night the City Council approved the purchase of 30 AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifles (commonly referred to as “M16s”). Previously the City of Chattanooga had put out a bid for these weapons. We would like to know why the City of Chattanooga feels that these assault rifles, which are created for the sole purpose of killing many and killing often, are a priority for our City?
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Chattanooga Organized for Action
This being a matter of public record and I being a quasi-public figure, I felt it appropriate to give Chattanooga Organized for Action a public response for such an excellent rhetorical question.
Let’s start right away with your belief that these are “weapons that are designed only to kill people, and lots of them”.
In all fairness, if the Council was buying them for mass murderers, you’d be right; but in your rhetorical madness, you forgot these were for “police officers”. Rifles are indeed meant for stopping/killing efficiently...but you’re mistaking the cops for whom you call 911 for mass murderers at banks, schools, churches, and businesses. I know you fight for space in such small minds but they’re, like, two totally different groups of people.
How about a quick geography quiz: Columbine. North Hollywood (Bank of America). San Ysidro, CA (McDonalds). Fort Hood, TX (Nidal Hasan). Stockbridge, Georgia (day-trader mass murder). Do these sound at all familiar?
Single-shot AR-15s are for those rare instances when people wear body armor and walk into a school and kill people with rifles. Or walk into a McDonalds and kill people with rifles. Or walk into a business they were fired from and kill people with rifles. I literally wish I was making those examples up.
Does it happen often? No. But when it does, is that when you want to bid out for weapons, and wait on approval…billing…and shipment?
Are you aware that there are people out there that kill en masse? That rob stores wearing body armor pistols are useless against? Have you HEARD of this happening, even once?
Why, just last April there was a guy in the news that was wearing that exact armor that allowed him to shoot a Chattanooga policeman in his back and another in the face as their .45 caliber bullets refused to stop him. A rifle would have stopped that. (An AR-15, specifically.)
“Bad things” happened at those places I mentioned, and despite your apparent prejudice (or in fairness, ignorance), cops didn’t cause those. Barack Obama and George Bush didn’t even cause those.
Crazy people caused those, and cops were sent in, with tools, to stop them. That is why we need cars and guns.
Rifles are tools. Same as handcuffs, pistols and police cars. They don’t send in Occupiers to mass murder scenes, or firemen, or taxi drivers; they send cops with training and tools.
It saddens me that Chattanooga Organized for Action folks have somehow never heard of people walking into schools, churches, businesses, restaurants and homes and killing people en masse. But then, they didn’t know their argument was invalidated by the fact the C.P.D. already does carry those weapons, for decades, in fact. Through training and professionalism, they never knew it.
What I can help them with, however, is suggesting that when referring to AR-15s to the council and specifying that they are “commonly referred to as M-16’s”, word to the wise: You look somewhat idiotic. That’s like saying “The Ford Focus is commonly known as the Honda Accord.” See? Dumb. Looking stupid kills your credibility, at least to others not on the same level of ignorance on the topic they’re criticizing.
Keep your focus: It’s not rifles you hate, it’s the freedom of speech you hate cops using, explaining things like this when we should be silent and speak only when spoken to like a child or “proper wife”. In fact, responses like this are why you hate cops, because they cast a light on a world you try to believe doesn’t exist. Turns out we’re humans too, but we deal with problems differently because we work face-to-face with bad things that “judgment and ideals” (and camping) don’t actually work with.
Tools. Crazy People. It’s not complicated, and it’s sure not a threat...I have 30 years of proof, locally and personally, to show you how wrong you are.
VERY disappointing of you, but I have to admit…very entertaining.
When Chattanooga Police Officer Alexander D. Teach is not patrolling our fair city on the heels of the criminal element, he is an occasional student, carpenter, boating enthusiast, and spends his spare time volunteering for the Boehm Birth Defects Center. Follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alex.teach.