What could be wrong with this:
RCMP officers who guard Parliament Hill are being equipped with submachine guns to give them more stopping power should a gunman attack the heart of Canada’s government.
I can’t imagine any reasonable justification for giving police officers – in an urban centre – automatic weapons. Canada is not under attack; there is no imminent threat to Parliament Hill.
The militarization of domestic police forces is a troubling, dangerous trend. This new development does not bode well for our society. Hopefully, they’ll use these with a little more care than they do tasers.
Of course, maybe they just felt inferior compared to the local Ottawa police, who recently wasted $341 000 on a freakin’ tank.