Surely not everybody. Don’t call Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston Shirley. According to abqjournal.com, the top cop’s more than man enough to handle an AR-15. Which is, apparently, “A really big, powerful new gun.” What’s more, “if Houston and his undersheriff, Ron Paiz, get their way, the AR-15 assault rifle will replace the shotgun as the weapon of the future for all 270 BCSO deputies.” I’m thinking the Sheriff will get his wicked way in this. Ever since the infamous North Hollywood shootout, the country’s LEO’s have been AR mad. Well, fair enough. But pity the poor shotgun, a weapon whose effectiveness at short range is beyond question, especially in the intimidation department. But Paiz is bound and determined to consign the scattergun to history . . .
Paiz has been a fan of the AR-15 for several years. He tried to replace APD’s shotguns when he was with that department, but the idea was rejected. He calls the AR-15 a “more precise weapon that’s designed to do what it needs to do.” . . .
“The shotgun is still a great weapon, but I think it’s an obsolete weapon,” Paiz said. “Ultimately, I would like to replace all the shotguns here with AR-15s.”
He said the AR-15 is preferable because it can fire multiple rounds quickly and zero in on a target, while a shotgun tends to be more of a “scattering” weapon . . .
“In today’s world, everybody’s armed with AR-15s and machine guns,” Paiz said. “I looked at what I could do special for our guys when they start chasing these bad guys.”
Houston said he still hasn’t decided whether he’ll keep one of the AR-15s for himself. With a hectic schedule as the new sheriff, he said a week’s worth of rifle training is tough to commit to.
But if he does decide to pack an assault rifle?
“If I’m in the North Valley, the South Valley or the East Mountains, and something were to occur, I would have no hesitancy in responding,” Houston said.
As opposed to now . . . ?