DC police officers will now be armed with AR-15 rifles. Mind you, not SWAT units, which have had assault rifles for years, but routine patrols. The AR-15 is essentially the same weapon as the M-16, the Army’s main rifle, the only significant difference being that the AR-15 will not fire burst/auto.
In other words, the District of Columbia is going to start using soldiers to patrol the streets. Actually, that’s not quite fair, since DC police haven’t the training or professionalism of real American soldiers.
(Via Reason, via Instapundit.)