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posted by geronimo509

In reply to: Cooper: Gun-control talk isn't gun grab »

January 10, 2013

@grove600: Thanks for providing the link. I'm sure many here will see the launchers available for collectors of historical arms and soil themselves in the belief that these are operational items. For example, the PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) launcher for sale at the bargain price of L4500.00 is widely considered to be the worst anti-tank launcher of the Second World War. Of course, no ammunition has been manufactured for it in over 60 years and it's only value is historical. I recall meeting a veteran of the British 6th Airborne Division at the 35th Anniversary of the Market-Garden Operation in Holland. His opinion of the PIAT could not get past the censors at the ABH. Recently, a 'gun buy back' scheme in Los Angeles netted two AT-4 launch tubes. The media was having a field day reporting that rocket launchers were loose in the general public.Now I laughed when I heard that the City of LA had paid $200 each for these items to be turned in. The AT-4 is, of course, a single shot, disposable system much like the old LAW. It comes from the factory loaded and when expended it is discarded because it CANNOT be reloaded. These tubes are often found in surplus stores having been sold by the US military as inert and not capable of doing any harm unless you choose to beat someone with it. My amusement at LA's folly was that the tubes generally sell as surplus for $20-$30. Had I known politicians were stupid enough to shell $200 apiece for them I would have bought a truckload and made a tidy profit. The anti-gun hysteria sweeping our nation reflects the emotional immaturity of those clamoring for more gun control. It also represents the shallowness of knowledge among politicians and their supporters on the issue. In the case of LA, it also represents the fiscal irresponsibility of elected officials.

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