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FEMA: Not even cops can have weapons

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Technosavant, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    The short version: Phoenix fire/rescue teams have been suspended from FEMA-managed activities because they were taking armed police escorts for protection on search-and-rescue runs.


    Apparently they expect EVERYBODY to be easy prey in disaster areas.
  2. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    On one hand I could say. level playing field...nice LIEberal statement. On the other, it shows how virulently anti-freedom, and totilitarian FEMA is, how paranoid about it's precious power and control.
    I hope I never ever have FEMA in my area, I don't think I want them "rescuing" me....I'll handle it by myself, thanks.
  3. GEM

    GEM Well-Known Member

    Fema - they are doing a heck of a job.

    Hey, remember when the Sec of Transportation fought so hard against armed pilots?

    Remember that the new Iraqi constitution makes Islam almost supreme and bans unlicensed arms possession.

    All brought to you under the administration of guess who?

    I'll sign the AWB if it gets to me!!
  4. publius

    publius Well-Known Member

    Can someone explain the reasoning, if any, behind the disarmament policy?

    I mean, I saw no real need for people coming in to help in this area after Charley to come with armed escorts, but it would not have bothered me a bit if they did. I was just glad they came.
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Well-Known Member

    I guess the officers didn't wear white hats and couldn't demonstrate an ability to shoot guns out of bad guys hands.

  6. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Well-Known Member

    This is a shining example of how "political correctness" has gotten out-of-hand. Guns are "evil" is the liberal view. I commend the Phoenix Police Department for standing up to FEMA!

    I was in law enforcement (LAPD) for 31 years. Before that, I was in combat for 13 months (1967-1968). The "evil" guns that I carried throughout those years were NECESSARY tools-of-the- trade and SAVED my rear-side, and utilized to save countless other people! If FEMA had told me to disarm before going into a disaster area, I would have taken that as an "Unlawful order"!

    I hate to "cop out" on myself, but during one point in my law enforcement career, I violated a departmental policy that ended up with me getting a 5-day suspension. At the time, suspended officers were required to turn in their issued firearm during the suspension time, and not carry a concealed weapon while suspended. Heck, I had put a LOT of bad guys behind bars, and had even been the subject of two "contract hits"! Disarm for having committed a non-criminal violation of a department policy? The "cop out" aspect is that, after surrendering my issued firearm, I walked out to my car and committed ANOTHER violation of the department policy....by arming myself with an "unauthorized" Colt .45 auto for the 5-day suspension! Had I been caught, it probably would have cost me as much as 14 days suspension!

    (P.S.: I took my wife out to dinner one night when I was suspended, and after ordering our meals, another couple sat down in the booth behind my wife. The male was someone I had arrested for a VIOLENT felony crime! Fortunately, he merely knodded to me after recognizing me. Of course, he didn't know that I was a "non-police officer", on suspension time! Yes, I felt MUCH more comfortable after eating and leaving that restaurant! By the way, the LAPD has changed their suspension rules, so that officers CAN remain armed while suspended).
  7. davec

    davec Well-Known Member


  8. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

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