What’s the Difference Between Local Police and the Military?

Even the New York Times is running stories on the military ramp-up of local police forces. As armored cars, tanks, automatic weapons and very-high-capacity clips continue flowing into local police armories, it’s hard to deny that the lines between the local police and the military are blurring.

During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.


The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclubin 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

Yeah. And all the while, the civil government keeps gunning for your guns. That way, you won’t have any guns at all, and your local SWAT police will have tanks. Because, you know, they have to protect you from all the bad guys wielding pitchforks and clubs and stuff. Yeah. No. I’m not buying it.

The purported reasons for this are varied. And stupid. Here are a few:

Capt. Chris Cowan, a department spokesman, said the vehicle [tank] “allows the department to stay in step with the criminals who are arming themselves more heavily every day.” He said police officers had taken it to schools and community events, where it was a conversation starter. “All of a sudden, we start relationships with people,” he said.

Yeah. That’s the way I like to start relationships with the community: shows of military dominance. Here’s another:

“When you explain that you’re preparing for something that may never happen, they get it,” said Capt. Tiger Parsons of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in northwest Missouri, which recently received a mine-resistant truck.

Yes. We know all about preparing for something that may never happen. That’s why we’re stockpiling guns. For the time when we’re going to have to ward off the civil government stooges rolling around in armored tanks.

Police Departments also mention that in most cases, the military would be destroying this extra equipment if local police didn’t pick it up. Well, that’s understandable. And the local police are just trying to keep up with heavily-armed gangs. Because gangs usually have armored cars (they’re the ones with the chrome rims). Whatever.

This is beyond a dangerous trend. We’re setting ourselves up for a time of extraordinary tyranny. And by the time we’re wise to it, it will already be too late.