Letter: Vitriol doesn’t help the BearCat debate
There has been considerable rhetoric, pro and con, on the request by the Concord police to acquire a BearCat. Most of the anti-BearCat rhetoric has concentrated on the wording of the grant application.
Recently, a Moultonboro resident accused Concord’s police chief of having shown great cowardice, having declared himself a man against the U.S. and New Hampshire constitutions, and suggesting that he is about to declare war on his neighbors (“Irrational fear from Duval,” Monitor letter, Aug. 28).
Such vitriolic comments are offensive and completely irrelevant to the merits of the police department’s request for a BearCat. The Moultonboro resident then had the effrontery to remind the police chief that he works for the residents of Concord.
As a resident of Concord, I would urge the city council to base its decision on whether to purchase a BearCat on the tactical needs for such a vehicle and not be sidetracked by what was probably a poorly worded grant request.
Unfortunately, our ineffective gun laws result in police officers often being outgunned by individuals armed with assault weapons and large capacity clips. Until politicians can agree on some common-sense gun laws, taxpayers are morally obliged to equip the police with the capabilities to protect themselves and the public from such destructive weapons.
LARRY D. THOMAS