Saved our nickels and went on a vacation to the mediterain last month. Had been 30 years to the month since I had been to Barcelonia, Spain. When I was there before every cop (and there were plenty) had a machine gun hanging from a sholder strap. About level at the waist, horizontal, and ready to make noise. Don't know much about guns but looks like what was called a grease gun in the comics.
Now the cops aren't nearly as mean looking and in pairs in compact cars or on motor scooters with a small automatic on their hip.
Did you guys buy all those surplus machine guns?