Up for Debate: Metro officers to carry own rifles

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 3:04am

What do you think of Chief Steve Anderson's announcement Monday that his department would begin allowing police officers to carry their own high-powered rifles on duty with training and approval? Is there any reason this shouldn't happen? Should the Metro Council or mayor decide on the policy change?

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75 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 1/15/13 at 11:16

"The Founders never intended the 2nd amendment to provide justification and constitutional grounding for armed insurrection against the federal government, or any government....the purpose of the amendment was to have a citizen's army ready to mobilize, in case of foreign invasion.."

Nice little historical white-wash there Loner... care to try again?


By: slacker on 1/15/13 at 11:17

Just call ''Slackers Raiders''.. the girls & I.. take no prisoners.
But we can be bought.

By: Loner on 1/15/13 at 11:20

LOL, Ben & Slack...we always have that running gag...just in case things get too serious here....hopefully, those who patronize gay piano bars are thick-skinned enough to tolerate the occasional teasing and appreciate the comedic value, if any.....hey, it's what we do here...no offense intended.....this ain't no PBS talk show.

By: BenDover on 1/15/13 at 11:24

"And whatever you do don't drive like my brother"

By: slacker on 1/15/13 at 11:24

So true Loner. But when we have a serious debate, I'm polite enough to put a shirt & pants on.

By: slacker on 1/15/13 at 11:26

most of the time

By: Loner on 1/15/13 at 11:31

Ben, Jefferson owned slaves; his slaves did not have the right to keep and bear arms, did they? His post mortem on the who, what, when, where, how and why of the 2nd amendment is his personal opinion....he was only human, he failed to see the consequences of what he was proposing...or did he?

Was Thomas Jefferson a would-be secessionist? He used the qualifier, "as a last resort"....when he implied that the people could justifiably take up arms against their own government.....as it turns out, determining when "the last resort" point has been reached requires human judgment, which was proven to be terribly flawed in 1861.

By: Loner on 1/15/13 at 11:37

Thanks, for sharing that with us, Slack....since my Summer Retreat is at the Brushwood Folklore Center, nudity or oddity in attire does not bother me....unless I walk into the shower room and some dude is bending over to retrieve his dropped bar of soap....at that point, I question the Intelligent Design concept....it's best to just look away, under such circumstances....of course, same goes for the men's locker room at the YMCA....the general population is not all that cute.....self-included.

By: Moonglow1 on 1/15/13 at 12:03

Moonglow1: Officers should not carry their personal weapons. Any guns should be supplied and maintained by Metro. Metro shame on you!! Give your officers guns.

By: slacker on 1/15/13 at 12:27

''Its hard out here for a pimp''
-Three - 6 Mafia

By: Loner on 1/15/13 at 12:42

Speaking of hard...I gotta go...but it's hard to leave this lively group of articulate posters....I'll check back later....see ya!

By: dargent7 on 1/15/13 at 2:08

Yogi @ Stardate 10:33am, or Twilight Zone.
McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. I think on board a ship.
Last time I checked, that wasn't "US soil".
But, as a caveat, he was eligible because the USA was at war.
Technically, I'd say a half black man born in Honolulu bests a 100% white man born in Panama.
But, that's just me.
Look at Romney's pedigree. Dad and granddad born in Mexico. Mittens was born in Detroit, the sorry bastard.
But how does his father's Mexican birth place make him any more eligible to be President than Obama's Kenya's dad's?
Mexico isn't a foreign country?
Romney's wife Ann's dad was born in Wales. Let's start fact checking the potential First Ladies, too.

By: yogiman on 1/15/13 at 2:31


I hate to tell you, but you're as full of sh!t as a big Christmas turkey. And your intellectual knowledge is coming out of that turkey's a$$. What school did you go to get your information? Hell, did you even go to school? You surely didn't pass any tests on citizenship knowledge.

First things first, dargent7: Present proof your man Barry was born in in Honolulu. And don't show me that fake certificate he "presented" after saying he couldn't show his birth certificate because the government wouldn't permit him to.

McCain was born in a hospital in Panama where his father was serving in the Navy to make sure you would be able to be born on this earth. Panama was under US control then.

Romney's grandfather was an American citizen who moved to Mexico. His father was born in Mexico... with two American parents. Mitt was born in the USA with two American parents which justifies him being a natural born American citizen, not just one (and that is if Obama was even born in the Hawaii which you don't know).

So tell me, how can a man born as a British subject be a natural born citizen of the USA?

I'm anxious to learn where you got your knowledge. That is, if you have any.

By: dargent7 on 1/15/13 at 2:39

Yogi, aka, "Mr. Dick-less"
How does Romney's dad being born in Mexico, (second generation) make his dad an "American citizen"?
Maybe "naturalized", but who cares?
Your intellectual prowess is indicitive of all Republicans. You cannot think outside any box.
So, McCain's daddy was serving in Panama when jr. was born. Think about it.
No matter how you slice it, it's not "on American soil".
Some new laws from off the books of the US Constitution don't make it so.
Hawai'i became a state in 1958 and Obama was born there in 1961.
Sure, it was a close call, but more legal and valid than McCain's and Romney's bullsh**.
Buy the way, dickless, the 49ers is coached by Jim Harbaugh who was QB at Michigan and Tom Brady of the Patriots was QB at Michigan.
Where did you (not) attend?

By: yogiman on 1/15/13 at 3:33

I understood Hawaii became a state in 1959, dargent7, which is immaterial because you don't know if your man Barry was born in Hawaii or Kenya, do you? If you do, what is your proof? It can't be an official American birth certificate because he hasn't shown an official birth certificate.

And yes, Romney's father being born in Mexico to American parents made him an American citizen. That makes Mitt Romney a natural born citizen in Detroit because his parents were American citizens. His parents didn't need to be natural born citizens; just American citizens.

If you say his father wasn't an American citizen, what nation was he a citizen of? He certainly wasn't a citizen of Mexico.

Go back to school, dargent7. Panama was a territory under US control in 1936. McCain was born in a hospital on US territory to American parents. His father was serving in the US Navy stationed there at that time and the Senate concluded because both of his parents were American citizens he was a natural born citizen. And your man Barry agreed, because he signed that affidavit of agreement.

And by the way, McCain didn't hesitate to show his birth certificate to the the Senate. Why didn't Obama show his? Why did Obama question John McCain but refused to be questioned?

By: yogiman on 1/15/13 at 3:41


If simply being born in a US state qualifies someone to be eligible to become the President of the USA, does that mean any woman can come to the USA illegally, have a baby and that makes that child legally eligible to be president of the USA when they become 35 years old?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/15/13 at 4:05

Mr. d7 stirs a bucket of crape only to drive the flies mad. lol

By: yogiman on 1/15/13 at 4:21

Quit trying to play with your brain, dumba$$, there's not enough up there to use other than pass wind (f@rts, that is).

By: govskeptic on 1/15/13 at 4:27

I can't understand what brought Capt Anderson to make the statement about the use
of personal rifles. We know most cars have shotguns supplied in the trunk. Which
would be the most affective weapon in 95% of the cases needed for a long gun.
This board goes crazy on every subject presented with some good and many totally
goofy ideas and proposals. This attempt at making every car and every officer a mini
swat officer is getting disgusting, very expensive, and a real time delay in their
procedures in capturing anyone and only over hypes every situation.
Hopefully we aren't talking about paying for a rifle that becomes the personal property
of the officer at some point, but maybe that's where the old Chief is coming from.

By: Loner on 1/15/13 at 4:49

The stink of troll droppings is high on this board....Dargent stirred up the muck....why pay any attention to the sick bastard? It just encourages him....and the entertainment value is negligible....one troll can kill a comment board, if allowed to do so....ignoring him is the only way to go,...it's like ignoring and stepping over dog shit on the sidewalk....leave it be.

By: yogiman on 1/15/13 at 5:38

Well, Loner, me boy,

You're proving yourself to be what I've thought you was for some time. You, sir (as I use the term loosely) are an egotistical incipient pompous a$$. You have the attitude if you don't know it, it's immaterial. You call me a bastard. I just wonder if you would do that to my face. Would you still consider me a bastard if I called you a son-of-a-b!tch? How about getting a little civilization in you argument. The language you use constantly on this board sure isn't the language of a gentleman.. or even a man with all of the women on this site.

Grow up, Loner. You obviously don't know crap about what's going on in this country today. But if you do, you're in the program with Barry Soetoro in his takeover.

You call me a racist? You obviously don't know me, but if you're looking for a racist, it has to be you because you obviously don't know anything about "Obama" except his race. The only reason I've heard from anyone who voted for him in 2008 was because he is black.

We'll use that still good 1st amendment. You can post what you have on your mind on this site and I'm going to post what I have on mine. And I don't give a hoot what you think of it.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/15/13 at 5:41

I thought that govskeptic would have been reasonable about this, but his far right tilt has, him playing a zealous core member. What is so wrong with the rights not wanting protection from the bad guys. Are they so arrogant that they think they would do better in emergence that train police?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/15/13 at 5:43

Loner, CP should have a troll leash law. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 1/15/13 at 5:45

Wal-Mart says it won't sell assault weapons any longer.

By: yogiman on 1/16/13 at 6:25

It will be interesting to see how many people will be killed by officers in the "line of work" in the near future.