New London council chooses political correctness over protecting lives – theday.com

New London council chooses political correctness over protecting lives – theday.com

For Sale: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle with the slick nickname “The Cougar.” The MRAP provides law enforcement with highly survivable multi-mission platforms capable of mitigating improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades, explosively formed penetrators, under-body mines, and small arms fire threats.

The beige/camo-colored vehicle’s combat weight (fully loaded without add-on armor) runs between 34,000-48,000 pounds with a payload in the 4,000-pound range. This vehicle comes standard with bucket seats, tinted windows, power steering, four-wheel-drive, hyper-charged air conditioning along with multiple storage racks for your M-16 and grenade launchers. It has approximately 375 horsepower with an operational range of 370 miles and a maximum speed of 68 MPH. As a special bonus, the MRAP can successfully navigate in 40 inches of water, and is universally endorsed by military moms nationwide.

The manufacturer suggested retail price of $660,000 has been slashed to its bare bones − it’s available for the preposterous, once-in-a-lifetime, low-low sale amount of $0.00. This shocking sticker price is a result of “The Cougar” being deemed morally objectionable and visually reprehensible by the New London City Council, and since federal guidelines prohibit the city from selling it, New London is in the process of trying to gift it to another agency.

Imagine, a city that is hemorrhaging money and perpetually broke finally caught a fiscal break − and effectively flushed it into the Thames. The MRAP was obtained from the Federal Surplus Property Program, which allows state and local governments to access surplus military equipment at no cost. The
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