Liberals Want Gun Bans As Police Forces Are Increasingly Militarized

I don’t know about you, but this seems a little counter-intuitive to me.

At a time when we are being told that we should allow our personal weapons to be taken away, police forces all around the country are becoming more aggressive and militarized:

…Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier. Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties…

The country’s first official SWAT team started in the late 1960s in Los Angeles. By 1975, there were approximately 500 such units. Today, there are thousands. According to surveys conducted by the criminologist Peter Kraska of Eastern Kentucky University, just 13% of towns between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team in 1983. By 2005, the figure was up to 80%.

The number of raids conducted by SWAT-like police units has grown accordingly. In the 1970s, there were just a few hundred a year; by the early 1980s, there were some 3,000 a year. In 2005 (the last year for which Dr. Kraska collected data), there were approximately 50,000 raids.

A number of federal agencies also now have their own SWAT teams, including the Fish & Wildlife Service, NASA and the Department of the Interior. In 2011, the Department of Education’s SWAT team bungled a raid on a woman who was initially reported to be under investigation for not paying her student loans, though the agency later said she was suspected of defrauding the federal student loan program.

…And are making mistakes – like this one:

In the confusion of detonating flashbang grenades that emit bright, blinding light and a loud explosion that disorients those in earshot, one of the officers became confused. He thought he’d been hit. And he shot Terebesi’s friend, Gonzalo Guizan, six times, killing him. Guizan was unarmed; no gun was found.

…And this one:

A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house.

Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door.

The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay.

“They need to get rid of those men, boys with toys,” said Adams’ 70-year-old widow, Loraine.

John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police claim they identified themselves and wore police jackets. Loraine Adams said she had no indication the men were police. “I thought it was a home invasion. I said ‘Baby, get your gun!,” she said, sitting amid friends and relatives gathered at her home to cook and prepare for Sunday’s funeral.

I’m not anti-police by any stretch of the imagination but when I am told that the average citizen is too stupid to own a gun and I can google “raid wrong house” and get 19.2 million hits, one has to wonder who is really too stupid to have a gun. They are also working to weaken the individuals right to self defense through attack of state laws like Florida’s “stand your ground” laws.

It seems inconsistent to me that:

  • We are told to “shelter in place” and wait for the police to come – when seconds matter and they are ten minutes away.
  • We are told that disarmament is safer and yet they are arming themselves to the teeth.
  • When the American public is being stripped of personal protection, government employees are spending billions gearing up to protect themselves.

Maybe it is just me but if police forces need this gear, would that not mean that criminals are getting more violent, not less? Would that not mean that there is a greater need for individual gun ownership?

5 thoughts on “Liberals Want Gun Bans As Police Forces Are Increasingly Militarized

  1. Erstwhile allies to the American people, these Hobbesian-Socialist Democrats now insist on disarming any who oppose their ideology, intemperately and violently.

  2. I guess we all need to place a sign on our front and back doors. “Law Abiding Citizen”. Please Knock For Entry and Identify Yourself Without Expletives, Proper ID Required.

    Any Federal, State or Local Law Enforcement Officer that uses “Any” foul language in the performance of his duty should be fired immediately. Your not some fouled mouth movie star being a tough macho wannabe your a foul mouthed thug just like the rest of the low life criminals out there yelling the same thing.

    No wonder we are loosing our respect for law enforcement organizations in this country.

  3. I’m sure I won’t endaer myself with people here…..But I think those two so-called “Officers” should be charged with murder.

    There used to be a time when the Police were on our side…were there to Uphold the Law and Protect the Citizenry of the Republic. We are moving towards Juarez Mexico where the So-called “Drug War” between the Ploice / Army and the Cartels basically left the City of 3 million entirely defenseless…..and the Mexican Citizans of course had no Gun Rights to protect themselves and each other……Just like a Good Dictatorial Socialist Left Country wants .

    I wonder if what’s going on is partly an intimidation campaign AGAINST gun-owners here in America. With actions like these they bacically say you have NO RIGHT to defend yourslf…..even in your home, because firing on a LEO EVEN IF THEY ARE FIRING AT YOU FIRST IN YOUR OWN HOME WITHOUT CAUSE….is a crime.

    • Well said, Don. It also doesn’t help that the DEA and CIA are in bed with these cartels either. If they would quit backing drugs, torture, and murder, and actually do their jobs, these cartels could be a lot less powerful. The other half of the equation would be for American’s to grow a pair of balls and get over their drug addictions (since the US is the largest consumer in the world for Mexican Cartels).

      “I wonder if what’s going on is partly an intimidation campaign AGAINST gun-owners here in America.”

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the Government is waiting for violence to officially spill over the border (I think it’s implicitly here already, being covered up as other things), that way they have an excuse to execute official gun grabs in those particular southern states; as well as to set another piece in motion towards the goal for martial law to be declared in America. Why else does the border continue to be neglected? Environmental violations? Logistics problems?

    • Don,

      Here’s the thing: in a nation of LAWS, where the rule of law is actually respected, if it would put you and I in jail for doing it, it would put the police and our politicians in jail, as well. This is what the founders meant when they said our leaders would “never vote a rod against themselves.”

      Sadly, they also knew our leaders would eventually become as corrupt as they are now. :-(

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