Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Soldiers of the King
Since back in February, when reports came out that the Department of Homeland Security was buying millions of rounds of ammunition, I've been a little worried about where law enforcement in this country is headed. Just a bit concerned, that's all.
Now I'm not an alarmist who is convinced that the government is arming more and more police units (particularly at the Federal level) because they don't trust the military if it becomes necessary to put down a revolt by the American people.
But when even the IRS has a SWAT team? Yeah, that freaks me out just a little. WTF, over?
Then there was the bombing at the Boston Marathon back in April...
Have we turned into Northern Ireland, back in the bad old days?
What the heck is going on out there?
I'm a big believer in law enforcement. I have friends in law enforcement. The streets in the big cities are very dangerous. Many gangs have the type of firepower that an infantry squad might have. So yes, the days of the cop on the beat armed only with a .38 Police Special are gone. Police forces in the major cities absolutely need heavily armed and well trained SWAT teams, and yes, they probably should have a few semi-armored vehicles.
Mayberry RFD? Not so much...
Witness the riots in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992. Things can go crazy in a very big hurry out there. Our cops need to be able to protect themselves and get into areas to rescue citizens who might be in danger. But that's the local cops and perhaps even better if the various state police agencies in the U.S. also have that capability. (In my experience, the state troopers of most states are far better trained than the locals. Except perhaps in the big cities where the level of professionalism can be very high.)
But do the Feds need this kind of capability? And why? After all, the military is at their beck and call, right?
Oh wait, what if the military decides to uphold their oath? You know, the one where we swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Yeah, that oath.
Are you wondering about the title to this post?
Think about it...