More on "assault rifles," Brady, and officer slayings
Snowflakes in Hell has further analysis of data on the question. As I'd noted a bit earlier, rifles of any type were involved in a small minority of LEO killings. He looks deeper into the data -- which doesn't give weapon type, but does give caliber -- and notes that in 2006, chamberings associated with "assault guns" were involved in a total of four LEO deaths. Since these chamberings are also used in rifles that aren't within most definitions of "assault rifles," the actual number may be lower. The most we can say is that in 2006, two years after the "assault rifle" ban expired, it is likely that the number used in LEO slayings was 0-4.
No wonder the CNN article, the newspaper piece, and the Brady Campaign claims that police are faced with a wave of AW attacks didn't quote any figures....
As usual, the Brady Bunch lied through their teeth. Those people have no shame at all.
Posted by: BobG at November 11, 2007 11:01 AM
A lot of criminals seem to be budget conscious. The SKS may actually be favored over AK clones.
Posted by: Alcibiades McZombie at November 11, 2007 12:10 PM
I just saw a promo for the Bionic Woman. She shouts, "it's a sniper!" They then show a guy in the prone position with a .50 BMG. Gee I wonder where the writers got the idea that .50 BMG's are the first choice of snipers....The Bradys????????
Posted by: Rudy DiGiacinto at November 11, 2007 07:51 PM
I would bet that at least half, probably more, were SKS carbines. Which aren't assault weapons, I think, under any state or the federal AWB.
Posted by: Sebastian at November 11, 2007 09:49 PM
AFAIK, they are considered such in California and the yugo models with the grenade launcher, and bayonet may be since they "can" accept detachable magazines. Yes, I know they really don't, but...
Posted by: Gregg at November 12, 2007 11:14 PM
Thanks for cross posting this. I work for an department of government that funds IACP and PERF we are constantly beinging told by both that officers are "outgunned" on the street.
Posted by: David Adams at November 13, 2007 03:54 AM
Officers are legally allowed to lie, David. I suggest they have lied to you.
An officer with an M-16, mace, lapel radio, car radio, backup, handgun with high capacity magazines, baton, taser, helicopter support, and a riot shotgun wouldn't be outgunned by a Marine Corps squad.
Posted by: straightarrow at November 14, 2007 09:56 PM