“We MUST stop this ‘Militarization’ of the police!”
Not really, but that is what I hear so many people on the left, including the two current Democrat presidential hopefuls, as well as a few people who share a more libertarian view, constantly screaming. Honestly, it really makes me wonder if they have the slightest clue what they are talking about.
Guess what though, that tourniquet that was applied by the officer, the tourniquet that saved the motorist’s life, THAT is a piece of gear that was developed for the military, a piece of military gear that most cops carry every day. I suppose we should not carry it because it is military gear?
This ‘militarization’ is not limited to law enforcement either. Over the last 25 years, there have been HUGE advancements in emergency trauma medical care. Those advancements were pioneered by the military, many coming out of combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. I suppose we should stop the militarization of our hospitals too?
The sooner people get over the appearance issues the better. There are many things that started out as military gear or tactics that help law enforcement do our job better, safer, and more effectively, thus keeping the public safer, including many things that have been routinely used to save their lives. This is not a new concept either. Law enforcement has been doing this for hundreds of years.
Just because we adopt gear or tactics that were used or developed by the military does not in fact make us a military.