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119 Responses to Cops Bring Out the Big Guns for Boston Bombers

  1. So now we know why the Department of Homeland Insecurity wanted all those 1,600 or so MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) armored vehicles from the military.

    • Actually around a dozen if I remember right sense. Of course they could WANT that many, but it was the marines that got 1600.

      Infowars is 80% batty and 20% right, so take what they say with a grain and all that.

        • heck, even drudge picked up on infowars saying that, but the youtube guy that ttag likes to link to (vuurwapenblog) showed how info twisted stuff like crazy and just outright lied to make the story.

      • Do you have a link for the vuurwapen relevant posts/videos that you reference below? I’m having trouble finding them.

        I’m not doubting you. I know that info wars is mostly paranoid speculation. I was just interested in seeing what vuurwapen had to say.

    • On a similar note, why do all of these cops have assault weapons? Who are they planning on assaulting on our peaceful streets? If it would only save one life, they shouldn’t have those types of weapons. /sarc-off

        • MASS gun laws are completely onerous and anti 2nd Amendment, 10 rd mag limit, high cap rifles banned, pistol permits only available through the whimsy of LE, etc etc etc…

          Shotguns aside, my point remains.

    • Saul, it’s a very common misconception that MA is largely an unarmed state what with all of our onerous gun laws and stuff. And make no mistake, those laws are onerous. That said, the citizens of this state own and use plenty of standard capacity mags (grandfathered and not), many thousands of modern, militarily useful semi-automatic long arms, and a whole bunch of other stuff. My gun club has two machine gun ranges for NFA weapons owners and a couple of the guys at the club own muzzle loading cannon. Did you know that a MA resident can get a cannoneers license from the state fire marshal?

      Sure, MA isn’t AZ. But we’re not living in the 18th century either.

      • Yep, as bad as the laws are in California I’ve managed to fill a safe with guns. And we are a large market for the gun industry.

        • I’ve managed to fill three, but the .338 doesn’t fit very well, and it doesn’t even have a scope yet.

        • I got a couple of Mosins that won’t fit because they’re too tall. So I lock their bolts up instead.

  2. Shows just how many resources and men it takes to go after two suspects. And people really think that as few as 1% of Americans couldn’t effectively resist a tyrannical government?

    With any sort of wide scale resistance in the event of a hostile government, the entire country would be shut down, the economy would utterly implode, food shortages and riots in every city, soon to be followed by global chaos as things spiral down the toilet bowl.

    So yeah, that 2nd Amendment isn’t as impotent as the statists try telling us.

    • Agreed. And we saw the same thing in Southern California a few weeks ago when the former Los Angeles police officer was a fugitive.

      Now imagine if a coordinated effort occurred in two dozen cities at the same time and those people threw in some tainted mail, set a few chemical factories on fire, and fouled up a major airline’s computer system to boot?

      Don’t get me wrong. I am not condoning that anyone who considers themselves a “patriot” go sending tainted mail to people, setting factories on fire, or messing with the computer systems of private businesses. What this does illustrate, however, is how easy it would be for a foreign government to start a war and how quickly our police resources would be overwhelmed.

      And no, that was not an argument for an even larger police force. It is an incredibly compelling argument for why we need responsible, good citizens to be armed and able to step up if the proverbial sh!t really hits the fan.

      • Don’t forget roadside bombs, after screwing our constitution they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in court…well, anywhere actually, Randy

    • Very true Shenandoah and a sobering moment for all sides in this matter.
      I think it demonstrates the limits of violence for problem solving and the importance of taking strong, political action before it comes to that. The mess this can make is – as you say – indescribable and I believe even the most dedicated grabber wouldn’t want that.
      Since both this and the Dorner case involved police causalities I doubt they are anxious to sacrifice themselves for the greater glory of same ambitious political hack either.

      Strangely enough, this also demonstrates another reason the Founding Fathers wanted an effective Militia that’s often forgotten. I mean the idea of “domestic tranquility” in that they could keep order and fend off any cabal or coup by an undemocratic minority, or in modern parlance – terrorism. The wisdom of these paragons still amazes me.

    • What you also don’t mention is that many LE and active-military formations would be on the Constitutional side of any such confrontation. Recall the open letter from retired Rangers from a couple months back.

    • I truly hope this evil doesn’t get the the chance to visit innocent civilians but if it does I hope it’s met with armed resistance. Good luck to those of you near this scene. If you’re fortunate enough to own a firearm now would be the time to make sure it’s handy and that your spare mags are on your person.

    • An armed citizen would get shot to pieces by the cops. Smart people stay away from an area like that. Er…unless you live there of course.

      • Only so long as the armed citizen isn’t a former police officer. Ideally, not a veteran, either.

  3. Do cops & mil not wear ear protection at all? Nothing seems to be built into the helmets. Do they just have soft ears in?

    • pretty sure the mil doesn’t use any ear protection, you need to be able to hear commands, and your surroundings at all times in that type of situation.

        • I use those when I’m deer hunting with my .460 revolver. A few .30-06, .308, .45-70, .30-30 out of a rifle without ear pro isn’t too bad. Plus, you can claim hearing loss when you forget all the stuff your wife wants you to do.

      • Something I’ve always wondered about. Repeated exposure to an M240 without ear protection can’t be too healthy. Could they use something similar to a Walker’s Game Ear that amplifies low decibel noises and blocks out anything above a certain threshold?

      • That’s where my chronic tintin comes from. Actually, on jungle lanes and other “moving and shooting” ranges I would plug the rifle-side ear, and leave the other open.

      • The military DOES use hearing protection. Most of the high tech civilian hearing protection products out there are simply civilianized versions of a product that was originally produced under military contract.

  4. Why is all of this militarization necessary??? Friday and Gannon, and their 5-shot .38 snubs should be all that’s needed here!!! *SARCASM*

    • I was thinking a double barrel shotgun through the door or maybe just fire “two blasts” into the air and scare him out so he will give up and this should all be over with! Sorry, couldn’t resist… Hope they get him quickly!

        • I need to get me one of those double biden shotguns. I understand if you use one to fire into the air or thru a door you get a “get out of jail free” card from that white house in DC.

      • If the police just lay down their weapons, the suspect will just walk out and give themselves up. At least that’s what Frankenstein said when Dorner was running around…

  5. It would appear the guy in the turret opening is flagging the piss outta his fellow LEO’s in the first pic. I don’t know what the roof line of the APC is though so best case he would just pop one off the armor plates in front of him.

  6. What a demonstration of the ability of the state at all levels to unify militarily and violate constitutional rights en masse, supported by state media and massive weaponry.

    • Go read another conspiracy book.
      Open warfare brought to US streets means leeway by the government in dealing with it.

      • Oh, I forgot that it’s okay for government to violate people’s rights if it has a “good” reason.

        Heck, since it’s “open warfare” on “US streets”, they should just round up all the citizens and put them in holding camps, so that the only ones left outside the wire will be enemy combatants.

  7. So that is why there aren’t any Pmags in stock anywhere…

    Why do only some of them have vertical foregrips? They would be so much more deadly if they had vertical foregrips. Especially with the pistol grips allowing them to easily spray bullets into crowds of people.

  8. Why do they have armored vehicles if they all ride on the outside? Seems rather counterintuitive. And its nice to see that the FBI spared no expense, hydrodipping their ARs in woodland camo.

    Why do the Transit Police have their own SWAT team?
    http://www.trbimg.com/img-1366371279/turbine/chi-manhunt-for-boston-marathon-suspects-pg-003/1280

    Why is his weapon being pointed at something with the safety on?
    http://www.trbimg.com/img-1366374542/turbine/chi-manhunt-for-boston-marathon-suspects-pg-022/1280

  9. The most efficient way to stop a bad guy with a ____ is a good guy with a gun.

    Except the govt doesn’t think that applies to armed citizens. Shame.

    There’s a reason why law-abiding citizens are called good guys and criminals are called bad guys. Because that’s what it’s about. Good people vs. Bad (evil) people. Because it doesn’t make sense. Any child playing cops vs. robbers knows this truth. It’s about the people, not their tools.

    When is the last time you heard that struggle called “good gun” vs. “bad gun”.

    That’s how moronic the whole anti-gun debate is and why you got slapped down by the Senate.

  10. Good to know they’re looking for the bad guys, but just to be safe… I wouldn’t go out. Or drive any vehicle that even looks remotely close to aforementioned bad guys’.

  11. with the checkpoints in boston, the lockdown in that suburb, militarized police all over, it almost seems like a dry run for martial law. Study this well boys, study this well.

  12. It’s always really impressive when Internet surfers, sitting on their arses, in the comfort of their safe basement or office, work so hard at second-guessing and criticizing law enforcement during an ongoing operation.

    Really cool and inspiring.

    Eye roll.

    • Thats right subject, you’re not allowed to criticize the kings men! They are infallible and simply doing gods work.

  13. The cops are after one guy, so why are they carrying assault weapons that have only one purpose: to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. I don’t get it.

  14. Looking at some of these pictures, I can’t help but be reminded of all the reservists in the forest scene from the original Rambo First Blood movie. BINGO! I got em!

  15. This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I laugh when people call LEO’s / soldiers “brave”. There’s nothing brave about hundreds of heavily armed men going after ONE guy.

    • Tote, you do realize your statement says a whole lot more about you than any of the cops or soldiers you think you’re deriding. right? Or were you expecting a hollywood hero cop like McClane or Callahan to insert into the neighberhood and handle business?

      • I never said it wasn’t necessary or effective to accomplish the goal. I merely said that there is nothing brave about it. It’s similar to claiming someone is “brave” for dropping a nuke on a drug dealer while he’s at home sleeping.

        It’s sad that the worship of government thugs is so ingrained in our society (well, most societies) that even those who have the most to fear from said jack boots are so eager to defend them. If it was 200 police / feds outside your house in the middle of the night, would you still proclaim them to be “brave”?

        • I didn’t see YOU on the evening news running into unfamiliar surroundings to search for an individual whom you know beyond a shadow of a doubt is armed and may very well be carrying explosives.

        • Your reasoning shows you to have a collective state of mind, Tote. Each individual in that unit had fear for his own safety and the safety of his buddies. Each man had to master that fear and press on. So, yes they were brave.

          Another comment that shows your complete lack of experience in the real world.

        • @ Chad

          1) I don’t live there. 2) If I had reason to believe there was a known murderer in my area, I’d look for him myself. I wouldn’t need thousands of guys wearing more body armor than the Knights of the Round Table to make me feel tough in doing it.

          @ JWM

          Your reasoning shows you to have a collective state of mind, Tote.

          No, it shows the polar opposite.

          Each individual in that unit had fear for his own safety and the safety of his buddies. Each man had to master that fear and press on.

          You’re joking, right? Only someone who truly is an utter coward is scared in a 2,000 versus 1 fight.

          Another comment that shows your complete lack of experience in the real world.

          Ah yes, oh mighty one. Please regal us with your stories of single handedly fighting off the Nazis and Al Qaeda. Just because I’m not a spineless coward who needs an army behind him to feel tough doesn’t mean I lack experience. Unlike you, I have personally stood up against a group of violent people on my own – because it was the right thing to do. Did I know I’d lose badly? Sure, but I’m not going to run and hide while bad people do bad things just because I might get hurt. That’s the difference between me and you and your cowardly Men in Black – I don’t need overwhelming force to feel strong.

        • First it was 200 vs. 1 then it was 2000 vs. 1. I never claimed to be a hero. But i’m not so hate filled and foolish to believe that bring overwhelming force to bear on a hostile combatant armed with guns and explosives in a residential neighberhood is cowardly.

          Next you’ll be declaring solidarity with that poor outnumbered and picked on freedom fighter.

          Go to the hardware store so you can get a shovel to dig that hole a little deeper.

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