Letters to the Editor
Setting the Record Straight E-mail

During the past several weeks, numerous questions and articles have arisen in the media regarding the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to share firearms trace data among members of the law-enforcement community.

With the recent tragic events surrounding the senseless criminal use of firearms, I felt the need to clarify this important issue.

Firearms trace data is critically important information developed by the ATF to assist state and local law enforcement in investigating and solving violent crimes.

Your Stats Stink! E-mail

I would like to point out that semi-automatic firearms have been around for a hundred years and military-looking semi-automatic rifles were still available during the 10 years of the “Assault Weapons” ban – they just cost much more than they did before.

The claim that street gangs have armed themselves with semi-automatic rifles since the assault ban ended is not supported by the numbers of reported sales according to the NICS.

The fact of the matter is that rifles have been a regular tool used by lawmen throughout the Western U.S. until WWII. The need for these weapons has never stopped – only their acceptance by so many politicians and administrators, especially in larger agencies in larger cities.


Toy Gun E-mail

I’m a retired Detroit police officer who tried 15 years ago to have the Michigan Legislature force toy manufacturers to color all toy guns red, yellow, green, orange or neon colors, so there would be no mistaking a real gun for a toy gun.

This effort was not successful, but this is a serious issue. Have your police agency or association join the effort to get toy guns clearly marked. Children and police officers are endangered by toy guns that look real, so whatever you can do to help will be much appreciated.

– Sgt. David L. Malhalab (Ret.)
Detroit Police Dept.

Taking Exception E-mail

I would like to take exception to Jim Donahue’s article on fitness.

As an instructor for our academy, I run into attitudes like Donahue’s all the time. The mere idea that running has nothing to do with being a cop or doing the job is just plain absurd. The “fitness gurus” or “zealots,” as we are referred to, know the importance of aerobic conditioning and it is why we push our cadets so hard.

True, you may never chase someone a mile or two and most foot pursuits only last a few hundred yards. What’s important is not the distance you run, it is whether or not you have the stamina left once you catch the person you’re chasing.

Wanting More or Less E-mail

Wanting more or less
The article “Donning and doffing suit to proceed,” in the May issue, confirms my notion that some Americans can be pretty corrupt.
These people always want a little bit more for a little bit less. While I’m not a police officer of any sort, I am enlisted in the United States Army. I can get fully dressed in ten minutes and be in full battle rattle in less than five. This includes a 35 pound IBA, ten pounds of water – mandatory regardless of whether we are in garrison or in battle – the standard kneepads and elbow pads, and our weapons system.

We aren’t getting paid “overtime” to “don and doff” our equipment and we don’t put it on and take it off just once a day. A minimum of five times a day we’re getting in and out of gear to accomplish different tasks and missions.

People, including police officers, politicians, and even movie stars, need to learn to be satisfied with what they’re doing or do something else.
It seems too easy to just cause a ruckus, like filing a law suit or taking things straight to the media than deal with problems on a more local level within the department or organization.

– Amanda Seibold, PFC, USA C Co,
319th Military Intelligence Battalion
Fort Bragg, NC


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