Marion, Iowa, doesn't often draw the national spotlight, much less for the inner workings of city government.
But, last month, Fox News and the Washington Post came calling about an item on the City Council agenda.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in which a young man used an AR-15 to gun down 20 first-graders and six school staff members, Marion Police wanted to arm officers with the same weapons.
The Marion Police Department asked the city to pay $50,000 for 25 AR-15 assault rifles for their officers. The catch was, the officers would have to pay the city back for the weapons out of their own pocket.
The detail about making the officers pay for these weapons sparked a debate, and seemingly put pressure on the City Council to reconsider who is going to pay.
What do you think? Should officers have to pay for these weapons?