During these times in which we live, it appears that the American people have something new to worry about everyday when it comes to the government. Recently discovered was the disbursement of armored Mine Resistant Assault Protected (MRAP) Vehicles to local police because they “accidentally” purchased too many.
The Pentagon has reportedly purchased over 25,000 MRAP’s since 2007, costing taxpayers a whopping $50 billion. Of course, as the government is known for their less-than-fugal mindset when it comes to purchases, it appears as though they “accidentally” bought too much and needed a way to get rid of a few.
So, in the effort of sharing, the government put out a sign-up sheet where local town law enforcement departments could request one – in which case many already have. According to a report by Fox 59, these military vehicles are now, “patrolling the streets of central Indiana.”
Trying to justify a need for such equipment, Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department notes, “When I first started we really didn’t have the violence that we see today.” He went on to share, “The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques.”
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So, let me get this right, just because they have the know how to build an IED – a skill they developed by dismantling the countless they’d come across while defending America – automatically makes them a threat to this country and its citizens? The logic here is beyond asinine and truly offensive.
This isn’t stopping Downing from bumbling his unnecessary armored vehicle down the road. As he explains, “We were actually approached when we’d stop to get fuel by people wanting to know why we needed this…what were we going to use it for? ‘Are you coming to take our guns away?’” It would seem in this instance that if a citizen were to drive a similar war machine around the streets, he would unquestionably be charged with something for inducing unnecessary public panic – but this is the police were talking about here, so it’s ok.
Trying to convince the public otherwise, Downing concluded, “To come and take away their firearms…that absolutely is not the reason why we go this vehicle. We got this vehicle because of the need and because of increased violence that we have been facing over the last few years….I’ll be the last person to come and take anybody’s guns.”
What do you guys think – is there actually a reason local law enforcement needs such equipment or is this just another example of police militarizing themselves and government carelessness? Let us know in a comment below.