So I was listening to Francis clarify and continue his comments on how he plans to ban/outlaw AR15s and AK47s since they are “weapons of war.”
“My faith is in this country and in my fellow Americans following the law and listening to people who own AK-47s and AR-15s who acknowledge, who concede, they don’t need it for self-protection,” he said. They don’t need it to hunt. Its real, true purpose and use is on a battlefield." O’Rourke continued.
So if that’s true? Why are police departments armed with them? Are they “at war” with the citizens in their community, are the streets they patrol “battle fields?”
Or is the answer that AR15s are in fact effective weapons for self-defense and we want to arm our officers with them so they can protect and serve in an effective manner that will maximize the protection of life (theirs and the lives of those in the community they protect and serve)?
I would argue that any “weapon of war” not allowed to be held by the citizenry should also not be carried by our local police departments unless they are openly declaring war upon the citizens in their communities, in which case I might suggest they have the Governor of that State call on the National Guard to better serve that purpose as they are actually trained for it (vs police officers being trained to keep the peace).
Complete side note, I find it hilariously ironic that he’s calling for Americans follow gun laws but doesn’t expect the same of our immigration laws.
“Any law that is not followed or flagrantly abused, there have to be consequences or else there is no respect for the law," he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Just some thoughts on the topic I hadn’t seen posted yet (apologies if I missed a thread/post).