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Even an Ozarks Coroner Gets Surplus Military Guns

• ABC News

His office isn't the only government agency with limited policing powers and a questionable need for high-powered weaponry to take advantage of the program. While most of the surplus weapons go to municipal police departments and county sheriffs, an Associated Press review shows that a diverse array of other state and local agencies also have been scooping up guns and other tactical equipment no longer needed by the military.

Military-grade weapons have gone to government agencies that enforce gaming laws at Kansas tribal casinos and weigh 18-wheelers in Mississippi, to the Wyoming Livestock Board and the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Other military surplus items have been bestowed on an animal control department in Cullman County, Alabama; a harbormaster in Dartmouth, Massachusetts; and the California Assembly's Sergeant-at-Arms.

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Comment by Ed Price
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The point is the same throughout all the anti-terrorism propaganda. If the Government wants to protect people, supply EVERYBODY with military grade weapons.

People are people. Law enforcement and coroners are not non-people. Since they are people, and since they are Americans, why not supply ALL Americans with armament.

Same with the military. Military personnel are simply people. If they have weapons, shouldn't all of the rest of the people have weapons?

If the whole country were armed for military-like action, ALL the terrorists would just fade away. Even the terrorists that might harm a coroner.

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