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By Steve Schmadeke and Angela Rozas
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO - Nearly 100 teens marched outside Chicago police headquarters Thursday night to protest the department''s plans to equip officers with semi-automatic rifles, saying the weapons could make the streets more dangerous.
Carrying signs like "Stop the War on Youth," teens said they didn''t trust police with the high-powered weapons and worried gangs would be encouraged to bolster their own arsenals.
"The only people who need these guns are in Iraq," said Arthur McGraw, 19, an organizer with the nonprofit Southwest Youth Collaborative, which organized the rally. "It''ll shoot through brick, car doors. Say your family is in the house eating and there''s some gang violence. When they shoot these [the bullets] can come into your house and shoot your kids."
Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said Thursday that though police have ordered and received some of the guns, police are not yet using them. Their use will be phased in over the next three years.
In April police Supt. Jody Weis said he wanted to equip all of the department''s officers with the high-powered weapons as part of an overall crime-fighting strategy, arguing that officers are outgunned on the streets. Officers currently carry pistols, and only SWAT officers carry rifles, M4 carbines.
Mayor Richard Daley publicly backed Weis'' plan, saying the rifles would put officers on equal footing with armed gangs and criminals.

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Are you even serious....todays youth is so ignorant and influenced by the negative media and shithead liberal hollywood anti gun lunatics....I weep for the future of this Country with kids like that protesting against the Cops and not the gangs...
 

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"The only people who need these guns are in Iraq," said Arthur McGraw, 19, an organizer with the nonprofit Southwest Youth Collaborative, which organized the rally. "It''ll shoot through brick, car doors. Say your family is in the house eating and there''s some gang violence. When they shoot these [the bullets] can come into your house and shoot your kids."
As opposed to the criminals blasting away daily in your neighborhoods?

I love when people who know absolutely nothing about firearms make statements like this. Rifles increase, not decrease hit probability.
 
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Teens are to be seen not heard. Grow up, get a job, pay taxes, support a family then you might have something to say that I would listen too.
 
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I love the logic; don't let the police improve their weapons, because then the gangs will do the same.

Taken to its logical conclusion, that means if the police get rid of ALL their guns, so will the gangs. :rolleyes:
 

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I love the logic; don't let the police improve their weapons, because then the gangs will do the same.

Taken to its logical conclusion, that means if the police get rid of ALL their guns, so will the gangs. :rolleyes:
As silly as it sounds this has not been the first time this illogical conclusion has been discussed. In England this is a real sticking point to why their not armed. Also I dont have to mention College student bodies accross the nation also argue for this philosophy
 
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