Former Congressman Ron Paul recently called for the elimination of the Department of Defense program that led to the militarization of the nation’s police forces.
Paul said on MSNBC that it “should be gotten rid of.” “Police are supposed to be local people, and they’re supposed to be peace officers, ” he also said. “They’re not supposed to be warriors.”
He said that it creates an environment that “encourages the police to overreact” and said it is “very, very dangerous.”
Paul also spoke about how “the Founders didn’t want a national police force, but they are very much involved in national police activities, the various agencies from the FBI on down.”
According to James Madison:
In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.
When questioned about whether the National Guard should move in, Paul said no because the “National Guard is a military operation.”
How much has the St. Louis County Police Department received from the military? It has received 12 5.56 millimeter rifles, 6 .45-caliber pistols, multiple cargo trailers and utility trucks and night vision equipment from the Pentagon during 2010-2013, plus a helicopter that it received in 2004.
Paul thinks that the Pentagon program that has transferred billions in military equipment to local and state police agencies deserves to be abolished.
What do you think? Has the militarization of the nation’s police forces gone on long enough?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom