Reader The Bartelist writes,
We’ve all been reading about the militarization of the country’s law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels. MRAPS, full-auto long-arms, tactical gear and training…the list seems endless. Many reasonable Americans view these developments with suspicion – even with downright hostility. And who can blame them? Power corrupts. But what if this situation was viewed from the other side? What if this situation was a good thing, to be encouraged by freedom-loving Americans everywhere? . . .
Many TTAG readers know cops; some are even friends with them. Me? Many of my best friends are cops, some in positions that would put me on the typical TTAG reader’s “suspect/cop-symp” list. Other than the jerks in the profession – and yes, we all know them, too – most cops are OK. My friends wouldn’t be my friends if they were the kind of cop-thug we all fear, would they? The same probably goes for our military friends, both former and current.
So what does this have to do with the militarization of law enforcement?
I believe we can all stipulate to the inefficiency of government. At all levels, in all things. Basically, they can’t do much well, and when national politics are involved…chaos.
Take, for instance, the MRAPS, automatic weapons and whatnot being given to the Los Angeles School District. Or your local public university. What will they do with them? Arm their school/local area cops with them? Perhaps. But teachers and school administrators aren’t usually known for their pro-LE philosophies. I would suggest that it’s at least as likely that, after the ‘cool factor’ wears off, they will be stored someplace, better forgotten than used.
Government storage. What an oxymoron. What an…opportunity.
In addition to the [too many] cops in the country, there are a lot of well-trained former and current military personnel out there. Few of them would fire on friendlies. I suspect most will side with their friends and family in a SHTF scenario. And they know how to use this stuff stored so inefficiently by our inefficient government departments. It’s my contention that these folks will, in the right circumstances, train and/or equip the ones they rely on to keep their friends and family safe in a SHTF scenario, i.e. us.
Just thinking out loud, here…thoughts?