Agree with Malgus and Tolik – the militarization of police forces, and a plethora of .gov agencies is way beyond the point of no return. The increases in SWAT teams for every little community (read more money for the force and all the “stuff” they “need”) and the use of SWAT tactics to respond to the most minor calls or even serving warrants is ridiculous. Just a few short decades ago the nice policeman with the .38 revolver was the guy to go see to get “help”. Now no one dare calls them unless their life is threatened so they can avoid becoming suspects themselves. I agree that there are some that don’t fall for it and continue to serve – hell, a few of them are friends of mine – BUT the new “enforcement” role that has replaced “protect and serve” attracts the more unsavory characteristics. In all but the most extreme cases and only when authorized by a judge to send in the SWAT, the other patrolmen need to go back a few decades and regain their role as a public servant and not a state/fed servant.
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
- Thomas Paine