The Federal government is spending money faster than Nicole Richie on a coke binge, yet in Arizona the Pinal County Sheriff is resorting to begging the public for money to buy AR-15's.
Since AR's are so easy to convert to full-auto M16's why can't Obama just snap his fingers, have the ATF swap parts out of a few M16's and send them down to the cops in Arizona? Obama's unicorns probably shit $200,000 per day anyway.
At least Sheriff Babeu understands one thing. If you need something immediately don't bother asking the Federal government. However, he should be asking his officers to purchase them rather than asking the public for donations. I know my brother had to buy his own. With deep military / LEO discounts it's not a huge expense. (certainly not $3K per gun)
The evil "assault weapons" that belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets have magically transformed into "deputy rifles" when they're for police purposes. They're no longer baby-killing machines designed to be "spray fired from the hip". Nope, instead they're an effective self-defense weapon, and I quote,
“This is the weapon that they need to best protect themselves and to stop the threat continuing against the public."
That's the same reason most of us own our EBR's too. They're effective home/self defense firearms. Hell, my evil "assault weapon" is loaded with the same mags and ammo that the police use in their "deputy rifles."
h/t to CTone