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    AgentCharles reacted to Sam in LSPDFR 0.4 - Coming February, 2019   
    So, it's been a while since we've provided an update on LSPDFR 0.4.  As you might've guessed from the title, though, there's a good reason for this...  It has taken us a lot of work to get to this point, and in the last couple of months alone we've made hundreds and hundreds of changes.  Anyway, here we are - who knows how many months late - but we're here.  No riddles, no treasure hunts, no @MSA (at least I'm pretty sure they're not here), but straight to the point!  We can now confirm that we'll be releasing LSPDFR 0.4 in February, 2019.  
     
    Anyway... with the scary part out of the way, I wanted to take the opportunity to explain ourselves a little.  No, @LMS wasn't renditioned to an IAA black site, no I didn't fall victim to the Orbital Cannon, and no...  the ghost of @ineseri didn't drive a train into us.  Perfectly plausible scenarios given our silence about 0.4 as of late, but we're actually still alive.  Instead, we've been pretty busy rushing to the finish line as far as 0.4 is concerned, and to complement the big news above, we thought we'd throw in a couple of sweeteners below to show just how much 0.4 is going to change things. 
     
    We've talked a lot about our Character system in LSPDFR 0.4.  It's one of the biggest changes to the mod, but we also think it represents an entirely new direction in general.  I say this because, not only does it allow us to have a bunch of really cool stuff natively integrated into the mod, like customizing a character, but it also lets us have a bunch of other really cool stuff natively integrated into the mod!  Having your own character dials up the immersion quite substantially, but we wanted to take things to another level.  We thought, for example, wouldn't it be cool if instead of spawning as Franklin in Franklin's house, you could instead, say, I don't know?  Actually spawn as your own character, in their house.  Or maybe, instead of switching to Trevor and your camera panning down to him being pursued by the LSPD, you could switch to one of your other characters, and "Google Earth" down to them being the LSPD. 
     
    LSPDFR 0.4 introduces a fully functional GTA Online Apartment to single-player, complete with transition sequences, working interactions and more Steve Haines than you can handle.
     
    It's not just that, though, we really wanted to dial it up.  Having your own character, them having an apartment, switching, customizing, it's all cool, right?  But you might be thinking, what's the point?  These are "multiplayer features".  And sure, LSPDFR is and most likely always will be a single-player mod, but that doesn't mean we can't think outside of the box every once in a while. 
     
    Recently, @Cyan, in addition to all of her work on the website, has also been developing an all new framework called LSPDFR Sync.  LSPDFR Sync lets you connect up to your LSPDFR.com account in-game, and you can then synchronize your LSPDFR characters with your LSPDFR.com profile.  To top it off, we've brought back statistics too.  Ever wanted to know how many shots your character has fired?  It's as simple as taking a look at your character's profile on the site - which, we should add, you can actually edit.
     

     

     
    LSPDFR Sync provides all-new, seamless connectivity with your LSPDFR.com profile.
     
    And frankly, it doesn't even end there.  When I said before that we wanted to dial the immersion up to the max, I guess I lied.  What I actually meant to say was that we'd just ripped the dial clean off the controls, strapped it to a rocket, and sent the damn thing up to the moon.  Not only can you now create a character, customize them, share them, spawn as them...  You can actually do things as them too!  Like, actual game things.  Ever wanted to run the triathalon as your LSPDFR Character?  Now you can.  Or, how about practicing with your sidearm down at the range?  Yep, got that too.  Simply want a can of sprunk from a vending machine?  No problem.
     

     
    With the introduction of a new innovative system by @LMS, it's now possible to do many of the single-player minigames while playing as your LSPDFR Character.
     
    Of course, with the Character system, and all of the features that come with it, being such a huge part of LSPDFR 0.4 it'd be easy to forget that this is a police mod.  Indeed, I think we almost did given the grotesquely gargantuan amount of work that has gone into it.  Fear not, though, as we have also been working on some incredible new gameplay features too, including massive improvements to interaction with suspects and people that you arrest.
     
    LSPDFR 0.4 introduces, in a game-changing way, the ability to take hold of and drag arrested suspects.  Yes, we know that there's some great API mods which have held the fort, and we're grateful for that, but this is something we wanted to get absolutely right, and indeed, we think the result is simply stunning.  The possibilities are pretty far-reaching too and encompass just about everything from shoving suspects up against cruisers, to personally escorting them into their cells.  
     

     

     
    No, these aren't cutscenes.  No, they're not edited screenshots.  With 0.4, this is real.
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    AgentCharles reacted to Giordano in Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94.   
    @Officer GILLETTE ABDI
     
    Posts like yours are not needed.   Whatever someone did or didn't do doesn't matter.  A man has died, show some respect.  Furthermore, we do not need this thread to turn into a stupid debate.
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    AgentCharles reacted to Sam in Our Community - What we stand for & How to get involved   
    With all the talk about LSPDFR 0.4, it's been a little while since we've provided a general update on our community.  Of course, LSPDFR 0.4 is our main priority at the moment and we'll have more to say about it shortly, but we thought it important to also address and announce a couple of things regarding our community.
     
    What our Community stands for
     
    Before anything else, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on who we are, as people that run this website, and as a community.
     
    LCPDFR was founded, back in 2009, simply because I thought it'd be a fun thing to do.  To play as the police in GTA IV.  It was an idea, ambitious for its time, and nothing more.  I worked on LCPDFR because it was fun, I published it because I thought others might also enjoy it.  LCPDFR has come a long way since then, it has evolved from one person's topic on a forum, to its own website, to its own forum, to its own community.  We've spanned two games, our reach has grown massively, our community is approaching 300,000 registered members.  The amount of work that goes into developing LSPDFR alone is staggering - the time that we've spent on it is measured not in days, weeks or months, but years.  Likewise, the effort required to keep our website online is vastly underestimated - in the past month we've served around 30 terabytes of download traffic alone, and have done all of this despite persistent, targeted denial of service and hacking attacks against us.  To put this in context, if you were to serve 30 terabytes of data through Amazon Web Services, it'd cost you $3,000 a month - and that's just one month of download traffic. 
     
    Why do we do this?  Because it's fun.  We love developing our community, we love developing our mod, and we love that other people - complete strangers, from all over the world, from countries you've probably never heard of, from all walks of life... we love that they love LSPDFR.  Our community has achieved incredible things: we've created an entire gaming phenomenon and we've developed things that nobody ever thought would be possible.  Our members have done more than simply play games or make mods: we've fought hand-in-hand against corporate giants (and won), we've transformed peoples' entire lives by sparking new careers and we've been covered everywhere from massive YouTube channels to mainstream media publications.  Heck, we've even triggered out of touch government ministers in Australia.
     
    That's not the whole story, though.  Sometimes we are the story.  Sometimes we make mistakes.  We've had catastrophes, like the time where we had a hyped countdown on the website only to reveal a private testing version of LCPDFR that nobody could access.   Our first ever livestream had to be rescued by Steve and Jeff after it started with Prophet driving a train around Los Santos and infamously stating "this is not the preview for LSPDFR 0.3" while our community manager could do nothing but watch helplessly after being accidentally disconnected.  We've messed up releases, we've announced things too quickly, and sometimes we've not announced things at all.   
     
    Yet, despite all of this.  Nine years later, we're still here.  We're still making mods, we're still developing this community, and we've stuck true to our principles the entire time:
    Our community is open to all. We treat members equally regardless of their status. Everything is completely free of charge, with no catches.  
    Why?  It's not about fame, it's not about money, it's not about status.  It's about love.  We love LCPDFR, we love LSPDFR, and we love our community.  We don't think that modding should be hidden in private Discord servers.  We don't think that modding should be something people pay for.  We don't think that modding should be an ego boost.
     
    We just think that modding should be fun.  It should be open, and it should be free.  That's what we stand for, and that's what we do.
     
    How you can get involved
     
    Last year, we opened up applications to join our Community Team for the first time.  This resulted in a couple of new faces joining our moderation team and upon reflection, we think it's a good change in approach from previously handpicking staff members ourselves.  We've decided to open these applications again, and would invite anyone who is interested in volunteering some of their free time to moderating our community to apply by following the link below.  Our volunteer Community Moderators are a vital part of everything that we do, and it wouldn't be possible to maintain the community without them.
     
    To find out more and to submit an application, please visit: http://lcpd.fr/staffapp
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    AgentCharles reacted to ToeBius in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    And others must acknowledge that there is absolutely nothing, nada, zip to prevent evil people from doing evil, horrid, vile, mean thing's.  Why don't you add that before you start directing the conversations issues toward one side of the spectrum?  
     
      There are fucked up people out there that will do fucked up things and no law or restriction will stop these vile people from completing their objective.
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    AgentCharles reacted to c13 in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Tell me how gun registry possibly prevents crime. "Oh, but guns can be traced back." Report it stolen. The only thing a gun registry solves is giving the government a convenient list of who owns guns and how many they own.
     
    As of 2017, there were 112,710 cases in 29 states where people failed a background check when attempting to purchase a firearm. Attempting to purchase a firearm while having your rights revoked is a felony. 12,700 were further investigated. 12 people were prosecuted.
     
    Let that sink in for a moment. One thousandth of a percent were prosecuted. Think of all the violent offenders that could have been locked up, and probably went off to continue to commit crime. Enforce the laws we have now before we add more laws that will hassle law abiding citizens and where criminals will fail to be prosecuted.
     
    Banning private sales will not exclude people gifting firearms to family members. "But what about people selling guns to known criminals?". There's already a law for that. It's called straw purchasing. Enforce the laws on the books.
     
    A majority of guns at gun buybacks are older guns found in the attic of a deceased relative. Then there are often throwaway guns used by gangs since many buybacks have rules of no questions asked.
     
    On the 4-6 month waiting period, let me tell you of an anecdote. When I worked at a gun store, we sold NFA items. That means short barreled rifles/shotguns, suppressors, and full autos. One time, some one sent in a form with the tax stamp to the ATF. There was an entire page not filled out. It got approved 9 months later. You know why? They rarely bother reviewing those items too closely, as people looking for NFA items have presumably purchased firearms before and passed background checks. They take the $200 tax stamp on those items and put it in a bank, letting it collect interest for 6-9 months.
     
    I'll let you in on a little secret. Depending on how inundated NICS is with calls, a background check can be completed in as little as 5 minutes. If it's not in the system, it's not going to come up. "But those people with homicidal intentions might be dissuaded if they have to wait so long". Perhaps. But what is more likely to happen is a woman is killed by a stalker because she had to wait 6 months to get protection.
     
    Psychiatric evaluations? All that has to happen is someone ruling that wanting a gun for self defense is crazy. I'll pass.
     
    I'm not going to get into a 9/11 debate, but short and sweet, it was a failure of our government to react to many warning signs and have a plan in place to react to a hijacking. The Israeli's have some of the safest airports in the world. You know why? They profile.
     
    And now we get to the most sickening part of your argument.
    There is absolutely no right that should be "annoying and inconvenient" to exercise, especially to the degree you describe. When that happens, it becomes a privilege. "But you can't shout 'FIRE' in a crowded theater." You're 100% correct. But we don't gag people before they enter. We prosecute them after the fact. We don't give people psychiatric evaluations before they are allowed to vote. We don't even require a photo ID in many states which is far greater of an issue.
     
    Just come out and say it. You don't trust yourself with a firearm, therefore you don't trust anyone with one.
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    AgentCharles reacted to seasonedshrimp in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Unfortunate how events like this always fold out into a political debate.

    As a Kansas City native who can remember only a few short years ago when we had our own mass hate-crime similar to this, I can tell you, it's best to leave this at sending prayers and help to those affected. No point in turning this into a worthless debate.
     
    Do guns work? Yes.
    Do they prevent crime? Yes.
    Do we know if it would've worked here in this EXACT situation? No.
    Is everyone a hero? No.
     
    Lets keep it clean and simple. Not everything needs to be politicized. 
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    AgentCharles reacted to c13 in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    We've been over this many times. Of the difficulties of enforcing gun laws in the US as compared to islands. Of the difficulties of rounding up all the guns. Of the difficulties of getting criminals to obey the law, and how they will see it as an opportunity to take advantage of a defenseless population.
     
    We've talked about how guns are an equalizer. How women and the elderly are most likely unable to fight off a single criminal without one. Of how you are more likely to be attacked by multiple people than caught in a mass shooting.
     
    We've talked about how the primary firearms used in crimes are handguns, as they are concealable, cheap and there's no real con to ditching them. How rifles are used in less than 400 murders a year, and that doesn't specify the style of those rifles.
     
    We've talked about how crime is dropping and has been dropping for decades, while simultaneously there are more guns in civilian hands than ever before in the US. How despite every state having a concealed carry permit system, and some states not even requiring permits to carry concealed, it's not the wild west gun control advocates screamed it would be.
     
    We've talked about areas with some of the strictest gun control having some of the highest murder rates. How a majority of mass shootings occur in gun free zones. How a majority of shooters give up or kill themselves upon facing armed opposition.
     
    We've talked about the difficulty of requiring background checks for everyone. How the gun show loophole is a myth. How the ATF said a national registry would be required to enforce it. We've even talked about how a majority of mass shooters passed a background check or acquired their guns through illegal means.
     
    We've talked about the fact that not everyone lives in a city, and there are many places in the US where police can be hours away.
     
    What are you trying to accomplish with that statement?
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    AgentCharles reacted to c13 in Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh   
    Statistically speaking, a vast majority of mass shooters, attempted or successful ones, give up or kill themselves upon being confronted by someone with a gun. At the absolute worst case scenario once a good guy with a gun enters the picture, the focus is taken away from taking out defenseless people and engaging the other armed party.
     
    Obviously it's not realistic to put officers at every religious institution, and many won't have the funding for armed guards, but it is realistic that there are many people who have concealed carry permits who would be willing to act in such an event, should the location not be a gun free zone.
     
    Mass shootings are also fairly rare comparatively. While such events are much more common in the United States than other developed nations, you would still be more likely to win the lottery and be struck by lightning in your lifetime than to be caught in one.
     
    At the end of the day, regardless of where you are at, you are the primary one responsible for your own safety.
     
     
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    AgentCharles reacted to c13 in LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience   
    I was playing last night and I got in pursuit of a suspect who was flying over route 1 and eventually on the Pacific coastal highway. Due to heavier traffic, I fell back a bit and was responding behind two other units. It gave a sense of realism where I wasn't always the first one to a call, where I am always reacting to what was going on and having to call backup myself. It was one of my favorite moments in a while.
     
    After talking to others, a common issue we have is a sense of being alone on shift. I feel like I have a solution that can mitigate it, and should be fairly simple to implement.
     
    Back in LCPDFR, there was a kind of hidden feature where if you set a waypoint, you could call for backup and a unit would spawn next to you then respond to the waypoint alongside you. Such a feature could easily be implemented, and with features that didn't exist before like code 2 backup, it will give a sense of an actual department responding instead of a lone player who shows up first and reacts to everything. A nice feature would also be the ability to have backup stick around until dismissed, like in OnScene backup.
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    AgentCharles reacted to liverlande in Three mass shootings in America in one day   
    2 or 3 people being shot is by no means a "mass shooting". Gun violence is something that happens every day, the media just selectively covers what will get them the most views, clicks, or towards a certain political viewpoint.
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    AgentCharles reacted to OFFICERJAKE8 in Three mass shootings in America in one day   
    We need constitutional carry. The more people with guns, the less likely a bad guy with a gun will try something. 
     
     

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    AgentCharles reacted to c13 in Mass Shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.   
    Again, ignoring every other part of the post like you always do.
     
    Like I said in my post, firearms are an equalizer. While if he had a knife, he was slashing at people right next to him, had one person been concealed carrying, the stabber could of been taken out from a distance and injuries could have been prevented.
     
    Maryland has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. That is where he bought the guns. Court documents show that the shooter was on SSRI, like so many others. He punched through the door of his mom's bedroom because she hid a video game controller. Unlike you, I offered a solution that would make sense besides "ban all guns."
     
    And what do you mean "no chance to survive." Over 75% of gunshot victims are able to be saved in the US.
     
    You don't care about the natural right to self defense, so I shouldn't be surprised.
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    AgentCharles reacted to c13 in Mass Shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.   
    This argument has been hashed out time, and time, and time again on here. I still haven't seen a shred of evidence that I'd be safer without my guns.
     
    Crime rates in the US are dropping as well while thousands of guns are being purchased every day. This is with every single state allowing concealed carry permits for it's residents and many states having no requirement for a permit to carry.
     
    The problem with arguments like yours is that it inherently assumes all people who have firearms are evil and looking to kill each other. If this was the case, then suburban and rural areas would be littered with bodies, as they have the highest firearm ownership rates.
     
    You conveniently ignored the most damning part of my post, so I'll elaborate on it. After the "Assault Weapon" Ban of 1994, the Clinton administration, easily the most successful administration to wage war on the 2nd amendment, directed the Center for Disease Control to study the use of firearms in self defense cases. It's results completely contradicted what they were hoping for. The 10 year study, from 1994 to 2004, found firearms were used in self defense cases to prevent  crimes between 800,000 to 2.5 million times. The reason why an exact number is so hard to find is because if a crime is prevented, then there is no reason for police to make a report on it.
     
    The reason why people like me cling to our guns so feverishly is because they are a great equalizer.  A favorite quote of mine is "God created man, Samuel Colt made them equal." An average woman would have no hope of fighting off an average male attempting to cause her harm. An elderly person would have no hope of fighting off an average male attempting to harm him or her. An average male would have no hope of fighting off multiple men attempting to harm him or his family.
     
    A majority of gun crime is committed in low income areas in major cities, where gang life is the only way to make money. Those areas also have the strictest gun control laws. For a while, it was illegal to leave your house with a firearm in Chicago unless it was disassembled. Surprisingly, gangbangers didn't give a shit about it.
     
    A majority of mass shootings, which make the news far more often than the 50+ people shot a week in Chicago, occur in gun free zones. In Nevada, it is illegal to bring a firearm into a hotel. That didn't stop Steven Paddock. It is illegal nationwide to bring a firearm into a school. That didn't stop Adam Lanza. James Holmes, the shooter who shot up a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, had multiple theaters with larger auditoriums closer to home than the one he chose. The one he went to was a gun free zone.
     
    People that commit mass shootings are attempting to get the highest body count. They can't do that if some one shoots back at them because it brings them from offense to defense. Or it just kills them. In a vast majority of cases, attempted mass shooters either give up or kill themselves when confronted with some one with a gun, be it law enforcement or civilians.
     
    Firearms are used for sport, hunting (unlike Germany, there is vast wilderness in the US with large predators), and most importantly, to protect the most inherent natural right, the one to self defense.
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    AgentCharles reacted to Sam in LSPDFR 0.4 - Epic Customization   
    Psssst..  Don't tell anyone, but I think we fixed that.
    Don't tell anyone though!
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    AgentCharles reacted to Sam in 10 Year old Takes Cops on Chase.. News Blames GTA SA Police Mods.   
    At least when the world ends, we know what it'll be blamed on.
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    AgentCharles reacted to Sam in LSPDFR 0.3 Announcement + First Preview   
    After a short break from the non-stop development of the first couple of versions of LSPDFR, we're really excited to officially announce the next installment in the series - LSPDFR 0.3.  As you might have come to expect, LSPDFR 0.3 takes strongly after its predecessors, introducing a big bunch of groundbreaking new features and gameplay.
    With actually only a few weeks of development, it is amazing how far this next version of LSPDFR has come, and the extent of fresh, new content and possibilities that it offers.

    You asked, we listened.  Arresting suspects has been drastically improved, especially with the brand new addition of interactive cuffing - no guns required! 
    With 0.3, we've taken the time to rebuild some of the core mechanics of the modification, particularly as it comes to arresting suspects.  With a brand new interactive system, you can now easily and seamlessly place stopped suspects in handcuffs.  The animations for this are incredibly fluid, as is the way in which the process works, with interactivity being a key component.  In 0.3, when you arrest someone, there's a very tangible feeling of control - a massive improvement from earlier versions where, due to a reliance on normal playback, it could often feel as though you had been taken out of the game as you waited for an animation to finish.

    The Vapid Police Interceptor makes its LSPDFR debut in 0.3.  Well, with our entirely new and seriously powerful XML based backup unit customization, so does every other vehicle (and ped) in your game too!
    We'll be sharing more about the features and changes in LSPDFR 0.3 over the next week or so, as we take a more in-depth look at what 0.3 brings to the table, including the full Downtown Police Station interior, amazingly improved interaction with suspects, and much more!
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    AgentCharles reacted to Grantalaxy in Police Officer Shootout (Body-Cam)   
    Saw this, the guy was doing a suicide by cop. That gun was only a BB gun. Sucks :/ However, did you see how Sgt. Green pushed the silverware out of the way and watched as the suspect walked by? Pretty good move.
     
    EDIT: Here's the article
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    AgentCharles reacted to tanu1215 in Police Officer Shootout (Body-Cam)   
    Wow, pretty scary stuff! That perp had a clear shot on the second officer, all he had to do was move his arm a little faster
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    AgentCharles reacted to TheDivineHustle in Obama restricts military-type gear police can have   
    Under the logic that some seem to be arguing, let's also remove jets from the military. They can cause collateral damage. Let's also remove grenades. They can cause property damage. Let's also take away their tanks, it can ruin farmland. 
    This is is very stupid and as said several times, we need to just let the police do their job. Once the police start rolling armored vehicles down the street, crushing buildings, shooting people at random, and launching grenades into school; then I'll support the removal of their tools. But guess what? The police aren't doing that, and they've saved countless lives with the tools that they currently possess.
    "They don't need that". Just another example of the people thinking they understand policing. 
    "They are ex-military". Okay? And? I'm not seeing the argument here. Just because something is ex-military doesn't mean that it can't be used for the sake of keeping the streets safe. 
    "They are armored vehicles". When you're having bottles and rocks and bricks and trash cans and filled milk glasses and broken metal pieces thrown at your standard police cruiser, do you honestly think you'll get very far? If so, I recommend you drive a police car through an anti-police riot here in America. Let me know how it goes for you. 
    "The police look like the military". Looks can be deceiving. This has also been addressed previously, so anyone still using this as an argument isn't paying attention. 
    "The police become too powerful". Okay. Powerful and then do what? Murder innocent people in the streets for the government? The police are people too, and people seem to forget that. They have families, homes, and lives as well. I'd rather the police be powerful than criminals anyways. Though I can understand this argument, I don't think it's really that big of a deal. 
    "Police here in Australia or Denmark don't need to use armored vehicles, why does America need to". Okay. Good for Australia and Denmark. Last I checked, America isn't Australia, and America isn't Denmark. What your police do is what they feel necessary for your country. What our police do is what they feel is necessary for OUR country. Stop comparing different countries, it's stupid. 
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    AgentCharles reacted to OFFICERJAKE8 in Obama restricts military-type gear police can have   
    Just let police do their jobs.  If there is a sicko shooting people, the police will take them down with everthing they have.  Why would you include a high risk factor? Neutralizing the shooter as quick as possible is the prime objective.  Lower grade equipment only results in a higher factor of police an civilian casualties.
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    AgentCharles reacted to l3ubba in Obama restricts military-type gear police can have   
    ​What happens when the bad guys have military grade equipment as well? After a crazy dude goes on a killing spree and shoots up a movie theater or school people are quick to criticize the police response and what should have been done to prevent it but now they want to take away the very equipment used to help stop that violence?
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    AgentCharles got a reaction from Chickenify in Obama restricts military-type gear police can have   
    I think they're all full of crap.

    ​The Papers. Or you can just go to Yahoo they report everything.
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    AgentCharles got a reaction from Chickenify in Obama restricts military-type gear police can have   
    ​Only people that don't have lives protest. And Police don't use Tanks, they use Armored Vehicles.
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    AgentCharles reacted to OFFICERJAKE8 in Obama restricts military-type gear police can have   
    ​Yes, news papers are just as biased.
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    AgentCharles reacted to TheDivineHustle in Obama restricts military-type gear police can have   
    But couldn't the papers be just as biased as a TV or internet source, just printed on a piece of paper?
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