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"Militarization" is Another Word for "Prepared."

September 02, 2014  | 

Liberal and libertarian critics, emboldened by the embarrassingly incompetent and disproportionate shows of force by poorly trained cops in Ferguson, Mo., have leapt to the conclusion that cops all across America are awash in sophisticated equipment they have no business possessing, and must, presumably, turn in their guns and gear.

Quoth Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky: “The militarization of our law enforcement is due to an unprecedented expansion of government power in this realm.”

The idea is — how to put this politely? — crazy, according to an editorial in the New York Daily News.

Begin with a basic proposition: American police forces should not be outgunned by the people and groups they are charged with protecting their citizens against.

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Concerned Citizen @ 9/2/2014 4:20 PM

It's one thing to be "Prepared" it's another thing to be "Prepared for an Armed Conflict against US Citizens". Obama has Federalized the Police Force, the so-called Civilian Security Force he preached about is called DHS Police. But they impersonate LEOs, which is against the LAW! The same "People" were at Bundy Ranch, and in Ferguson. What so-called "Law" has Obama signed? It's no Different than Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard. Units only loyal to him.
LEOs should first ask USA Today to "Retract Michael Brown has no Criminal Record" When they ran the story. That MB was an innocent "child" even though he was 18. Who's putting LEOs lives at risk? Not average citizens? But the Media and Rent a Mob from O, Sharpton, and Jackson. Have put the WELFARE of the General Public at RISK! It wasn't the TEA PARTY who was incited RIOTS! Put 2 + 2 together! Inciting riots is BREAKING THE LAW! Use detective skills, who benefits form Marshal Law? Not John or Jane Q Public!

Dave B @ 9/2/2014 4:36 PM

Before politics, news media and general over reaction, maybe more than what should have happened, moves on further......Over militarization of our Police forces is only a "title" by which the Police are finally not outgunned.
Ferguson, and other communities where the Police show "force" by bringing tactical weapons and equipment, I will say until proven wrong, is dealing with the unknown if not only by a "crowd" and circumstances by which the Police determine the nature by which to control it.
In most communities they have "Ride Along" programs. As I have participated in such, i suggest that if given the chance, one and all should also.

TBOW426 @ 9/3/2014 10:03 AM

I have the complete list of equipment available from the Feds. (military equipment) There are some firearms available, but most I have seen are Vietnam War era that require a considerable amount of maintenance and upgrades. The newer weapons that are now becoming available (M4s) still require gunsmithing before being issued. There are helicopters available, but they have to be brought up to civilian standards before being operated. The media makes it sound like this stuff is easy to obtain and immediately put it on the street. IT IS NOT! A

Bill @ 9/3/2014 10:42 AM

I don't know what the solution to this is, or if it even requires a solution. But I do know I won't tolerate being outgunned in my own home.
Take a look at the link below. The article makes a clear distinction between military, police, and the people.

132&Bush @ 9/3/2014 8:07 PM

Speaking as civilian who has no LEO background but is retired military. I am on this site because I watch cop shows and read books and study cop stuff like I do military history. Therefore I think all this complaints about the "Militarization" is stupid.

First, almost all European countries police are federalized/militarized to a great extent. I think we would be better off from a cost and effectiveness standpoint if it was much more concentrated at the state if not the national level. But then I am a Federalist not a Stateist.

Second, "Militarization" is necessary because the threats cops face now require it. Do people forget North Hollywood already? It was only 1997. And think about the mass shootings. From Columbine to Conn. we have only faced up to two crazies. What a Mumbai situation where we have an organized group. That can happen anywhere.

Without "Militarization" you want to go back to pre1997. When cops had to go into a local gun store and commander an amored car.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/4/2014 2:46 AM

The criminals are better prepared than the Police for battle these days since they are given the same access to the militarized weapons available to the police. The second amendment gun nuts have made sure anyone can buy grenade launchers, bazookas and full auto machine guns to "hunt" deer with. After such highly publicized events as the one in LA (Body armor bank robbers) and South Florida (FBI shootout) many agencies have recognized the need for militarized equipment. Armored vehicles save lives every day by breaching an armed suspects location and taking them into custody with no loss of life, most of the time. Armored vehicles provide safe cover for the recovery of wounded people in a live fire zone, without these weapons many more civilians and police officers would be senselessly killed.

Tom Ret @ 9/4/2014 8:25 AM

Before the LA bank robbery, it was probably not PC or too militaristic looking for the LA police to be armed with military looking rifles. Of course after the event, when shit hits the fan, the media wonders how the police could have gotten into such an indefensible position that they would have to resort to going to a local gun shop for rifles and commandeering an armored car for protection and evacuating the wounded.

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