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.