Suddenly, the Prepperdom Press is ablaze with articles ( or at least links to articles ) on how local police departments are being militarized. No friggin crap. Earth to these folks, some of the oldest news you could dredge up. At the VERY least this is a scare from ten years ago. How much earlier is anybodies guess and I won’t do any research as to justify such pudding-headedness. Who comes up with this crap? Is it just mainstream media recycling stories the way Hippies recycle their turds? Some dill hole at his mothers computer printing it up like it was hot off the presses and the rest of the Grow Asparagus, Store One Case Of MRE’s And Buy Fifteen Semi-Auto’s Brigade merrily going along? This “news” was endlessly discussed and agonized over right after 9/11. What has changed? That they are just now getting the last armored car to BumHump Iowa, population 906? Hell, Elko has a nice drab camo’ed monster of an armored truck for their fancy SWAT team. It sits idle most of the time since training takes money and most of the local departments don’t have much extra small arms ammo anyway. And what do those things get- three miles to the gallon?
The “scare” over police departments might play right into Militia Porn fears ( I will NOT fight to stop renditions, illegal no-charge indefinite holdings, firearms records at the Fed level or a total surveillance state- but by gum I WILL fight if they try to take away my AR-15! ) but once again, while certain exceptions will occur, for the most part this is all a Red Herring and yet another Paper Tiger Façade. First of all, do you see the local police department deploying infantry to protect these armored vehicles? Civil war breaks out, armored vehicles NOT following military tactics will soon be totaled. Sure, if you are in a defensive position, the cops surround you and fight from behind their cars and the armored vehicle delivers a Bad Hair Day. But they will be vulnerable coming and going, as will be the cops unless they spend their off time in a protected complex. Militarily, local police hold the wrong end of the stick, and equipment without tactics is worthless. Second, look at budgets. The Feds give your department a free vehicle, okay. It looks good, you get major Cool Super Ninja Bragging Points. Now you need to budget infrastructure for the thing. Fuel, maintenance, training. But locals can’t print money like the Feds. Nor can the Feds print enough without hyperinflation to make up the difference. There is a big difference between Feel Good Reports of a grant for two years of additional personnel salaries and his job security come year three, not to mention paying for his car and other necessities.
And the fabled “every Podunk town getting a SWAT team”? Old news just as long, and not all that worrisome for all the same reasons. On paper, everyone looks gung ho and ready to go. Boots meet the ground, one group of clowns will be battling another group of jokers.
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