DA's Office Follows Vroman's Lead
Looks like the Humboldt District Attorney's office is following the lead of the late Norm Vroman, past D.A. of Mendocino County. They're in the process of buying some AR15 semi- automatic rifles, a gun safe and body armor, to list a few things.
Those of you who have been here for a while will remember that Mendocino's Vroman took some heat during his last election over this same issue: buying weapons some thought were innappropriate for the job and office.
In that case it was, imo, simply a matter of his detractors taking any shot they could at him during an election. However, it evolved into a case where federal authorities supposedly ended up with search warrants for Vroman's home, them supposedly having suspicions of illegal weapons being stored there.
I doubt this is the same sort of thing, if only because I don't think D.A. Gallegos is the driving force behind the purchases. It sounds like newly hired D.A. Investigator, Mike Hislop, is the one behind this to me. Why does he want or need them? Why not?
I really don't care what kind of guns anyone, including local law enforcement have, per se. The question of whether it's well spent money is another issue altogether. As the Reporter article points out, the county has more than its fair share of special operations type law enforcement units available.
It also correctly points out that having the D.A.'s office involved in such operations certainly begs the question of conflict of interest.
Besides, I've been thinking: Since I've lived up here- over thirty years- I don't know that I can recall a so- called assault rifle used by police in a situation where nothing else could have been substituted.
I'm not saying police shouldn't carry them, I'm just saying I don't know once where a supposed criminal has been apprehended with one where a pistol or bolt action rifle wouldn't have served just as well. In fact, I think carrying a semi- automatic rifle might well limit an officer's options under certain circumstances thus excacerbating a situation.
You can't help but wonder if this is just a case of a gun buff, or two, in the D.A.'s office wanting to have some new toys to play with?