It would seem that the notions of equality, fairness and social justice at the expense of common sense often touted by socialist New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have seeped into the New York Police Department, at least when it comes to the ammunition officers carry.
The New York Post recently reported that the NYPD had begun to introduce a new service pistol into its lineup for new officers to choose from — the 9 mm Glock G17 generation 4 — but older officers have been complaining to the brass about how the rookie officers’ guns give them more of an advantage and were mad that they had to pay to upgrade to the better gun while rookies receive them for free.
The G17 has been receiving high praise for being more accurate, with better ergonomics, than the more compact G19 it has been slowly replacing. It’s also capable of holding an additional two rounds of ammunition in the magazine, giving an officer 17 rounds to work with instead of only the 15 rounds the G19 holds.
“If the Glock 17 can help us shoot better, that increases our safety. I personally believe the department should help out in paying for the new gun, or at least provide an even swap,” said a veteran cop from Brooklyn. “Not everybody has $525 on hand to make a purchase like that.”
Thus far the brass at the NYPD haven’t listened to their veteran officers when it comes to covering the cost of a sidearm upgrade, but they have decided to try to level the playing field when it comes to the disparity in rounds carried — and considering the previously alluded-to socialist nature of the department leadership, you know that means bringing others down instead of lifting everyone up.
In all of their infinite wisdom and innate sense of fairness, the NYPD brass has determined that officers carrying the new G17 will be issued magazines with a limiter installed that will only allow them to carry 15 rounds, making them equal in round capacity to the G19 and Sig Sauer P229 pistols most veteran officers carry.
If that sounds like a laughably foolish decision to you, don’t worry, because you aren’t alone. Most of the rank-and-file officers who make up the force find it laughable as well.
“Half the class laughed when the instructor said that,” said one officer about the reaction when the new policy was explained during a training session at the gun range. “Good ol’ NYPD, they’re restricting us yet again, only handing out the 15 option.”
“Why would you select a firearm that can hold 17 rounds, but then only allow 15 to be carried?” asked another perplexed officer. “It defies common sense. Officers may need those rounds if they find themselves in an active-shooter situation like Dallas or Orlando.”
Indeed, and those kinds of situations and ambush attacks seem to be becoming more commonplace these days. Sadly, it may take an officer or two fatally coming up a couple of rounds short in a shoot-out for the brass to fully comprehend the dangerous stupidity of their decision.
Perhaps the most infuriating aspect of this is the fact that the G17’s 17-round magazines can actually fit into the smaller G19 — though the magazine base would extend a bit past the bottom of the shorter grip — giving the officers with the older guns the same amount of firepower as those with the new ones, a fact pointed out by Bearing Arms.
On the bright side, at least the NYPD didn’t demand their officers comply with the arbitrary 10-round magazine limit (initially only 7 rounds) imposed on New York’s gun-carrying citizens by the misnamed NY SAFE Act, a reflection of the socialist notion that some animals are more equal than others.
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