LA School District Surrenders The Grenade Launcher The Pentagon Donated But Keeps MRAP
DID you hear about the LA School district that surrendered the grenade launcher the Pentagon gave it?
Are the children now defenceless?
Well, no. They still have the military rifles and mine resistant vehicle (MRAP).
[LA School police chief] Steve Zipperman said that although the Pentagon identifies the three launchers as grenade launchers, civilian police call them less-deadly ammunition launchers.
A grenade is less deadly if it’s fired from an ammunition launcher.
He assured me that the school police never had any intention of lobbing grenades at anyone, ever, and that they would not be used against students to launch anything. But as a police department, he said, LAUSD’s finest engage in mutual-aid pacts with other police agencies, and the ability to move those launchers out of storage might come in handy.
We don’t get to know an example of when the ammo launcher might be handy? But that lunchtime bell is a bit old hat and lacks the urgency of a massive blast.
As for the assault rifles, Zipperman said they were converted to semiautomatic assault rifles… and are used to train a cadre of officers within the department. Those officers in turn are equipped with civilian semiautomatic rifles, which are either kept in locked compartments within their patrol cars, or in more centralized locations, in case of a Columbine High School-type gunman attack.
In which case you’d use the grenade laucnhers?