The final numbers from the massively successful one-day gun buyback in Los Angeles have arrived: 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons and two anti-tank rocket launchers were traded in for supermarket gift cards — no questions asked. But … but … we have so many questions. The first being, who in Los Angeles had military-grade rocket launchers in their house(s)?
Really? LAPD goes through a buy-back program from time to time, and something like this usually happens.
That’s an AT-4 (M136). Here’s the thing, once the round has been fired from an AT-4, it’s just a fiberglass tube. It has no military value. The only way you could hurt someone with it would be to bludgeon them about the head and shoulders.
Expended AT-4s were common training aids in most units, and unlike real weapons (like bayonets) didn’t need to be locked up or accounted for. They were just there.
And the LAPD surely has enough veterans to recognize that these empty tubes pose absolutely no threat to anyone. So I can only surmise they are prominently displaying them in a scurrilous effort to create fear among the public about scary assault weapons.