First, by addressing the tool (weapon) instead of its user, you tend to support bad laws that don't work to reduce crime, but merely restrict the rights of citizens to have access to and use of various devices. You are using the "dangerous weapons" argument, which is fallacious.
There are no dangerous weapons. Period. There are dangerous people; to a dangerous person, anything can be used as a weapon, including the pens and pencils on your desk.
Now consider, that even if there were such thing as a "cop-killer bullet"--which there isn't, it's a Hollywood invention--would a bullet that kills a cop be any worse than the bullet that kills an innocent civilian? Would it be worse than the bullet that kills one of our own soldiers in combat? Would it even be any worse than a bullet that kills a violent gang member or terrorist?
No. A bullet is just a bullet. For that matter, a good crossbow would likely penetrate body armor more effectively than many bullets would, and even a BB gun can be lethal.
So. please adjust your thinking. Crime comes from criminals, not the implements they use.
Second, do not continue to demean yourself and your trade with sloppy journalism. There are no such things as "semi-automatic machine guns" or "cop-killer bullets." If you insist on writing about a topic, please take the trouble to at least learn something about it, instead of displaying--and spreading--ignorance. This is your professional responsibility. Please take it more seriously.
Dec 30 2008 - 2:40pm