"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action,” wrote Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in Time magazine. The allegations about the “militarization” of police were picked up by dozens of media outlets, on the left and right, and made the libertarian Republican Senator into a media darling. But they were designed to make the police look bad for protecting themselves and their community.
It turns out that the “militarization of police” is a sensational term for police officer safety in the face of drug gangs, crazy gunmen and race riots. . here
The term “militarization” of our police has become quite fashionable the last couple of weeks. Some people are truly concerned about over-armed, revived up police force. Just as some simply hate the police. Those are usually the ones who have more encounters with them than the ordinary citizen.
I’ve considered both sides of the popularized term; and taking into account what I know about our current Federal government, I understand the angst many have about a police force looking more like a SWAT team or the U.S. military. These are the same people we ask to come to our rescue and protection. And now, they look extremely intimidating . . . but isn’t that the point?
On the other hand, I want our police to be well armed and as safe as possible. Just as if I had a family doing their job. And considering what they can, and do come up against, I’m not sure they don’t need better equipment and appear militarized.
Take the riots in Missouri . . . these are rioters, pretending to be protestors. Molotov cocktails, throwing bottles full of urine (sounds like quite a few of the “occupy Wall Street types are there), dozens of confiscated guns, throwing rocks as well as chants for the murder of a cop, it seems obvious that these cops must dress in a militarized fashion for their protection.
I also haven’t heard the same people who are denouncing the police for their attire and weaponry, decry the outrageous absurdity of the Obama regime’s outfitting the IRS, EPA, and other government bureaucracy, with millions of rounds of bullets, guns and armored vehicles. What for? The Social Security division now has its own S.W.A.T team. Why the “militarization” of those Federal departments? (here & here )
A well armed and well outfitted police force, is no doubt going to be our present and future. Those who hate it, might want to consider their attitude toward the police. These are people who try to ensure we have a civilized society. But after what’s gone on in Ferguson, Missouri, I wouldn’t be surprised with many across the country quit and found another livelihood.