Concerning the Davis County BearCat (March 6, "Mean Machine," March 27, "'Mean machine' will help defend Constitution"), I have found it very interesting that several of the BearCat supporters justify this purchase by referring to the North Hollywood shootout in 1997, in which the police were "temporarily" out-gunned by two bank robbers with automatic weapons. That was a horrible day for the police, no doubt about it.
But, let me remind people about Waco Texas on April 17, 1993, when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms filled the Branch Davidian compound with well known "flammable" CS gas, then brought in a "flame throwing" tank to burn the "compound" to the ground. Nineteen men, 34 women, and 23 children died that day. That's kind of a horrible thing too, don't you think?
One local commentator lately stated that painting a "happy face" on the BearCat might make it more acceptable. Hah! funny.
But, let me ask this question. Would having a "happy face" painted on the flame throwing tank at Waco have made it any less deadly? If so, then maybe Davis County should purchase one of those. You never know when it might save the life of a police officer. Why heck, buy a bunch of them, maybe they could get a package deal. Look at all the potential lives they would be saving.
Wise up Davis County.