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Grenade Launchers, Undisclosed Locations

And you thought high-school detention was tough:

Los Angeles Unified School District police officials are considering whether they need the armored vehicle and grenade launchers they received from the U.S. military.

The military hardware at the disposal of LAUSD police officers includes a 20-foot-long, 14-ton armored transport vehicles, much like the ones used to move Marines in Iraq combat zones. The armored vehicle is worth $733,000, and the school district’s police force got it from the government for free.

How would LAUSD use such a vehicle?

“For us? That vehicle would be used for extraordinary circumstances,” LAUSD police Chief Steve Zipperman said.

The armored vehicle, which is stored at a secret location, has been in the department’s possession since July.

Chief Zipperman went on to say that the grenade launchers are “not essential for our mission,” and would not be kept.

Grenade launchers: Not essential to the mission of educating children in Los Angeles.

A question for my conservative friends who say we cannot cut military spending: How is it that we have so many surplus $733,000 armored vehicles sitting around that our national adopt-an-MRAP program has has armor and grenade launchers going to the school districts in Los Angeles and San Diego? It is just possible that we have too much gear because we are spending too much money on gear? 

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