President Trump Reverses Obama's Ban on Military Equipment for Law Enforcement

President Trump Reverses Obama's Ban on Military Equipment for Law Enforcement

Earlier today, the Trump administration announced that it would be taking steps to restore programs that divert surplus military equipment to police departments, repealing an Obama-era ban.

The new plan takes effect immediately and would undo Obama's 2015 executive order to block police departments from obtaining and using armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment.

From USA Today:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who led the campaign for the program’s reinstatement, outlined the President Trump’s new executive order Monday in an address to the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, suggesting that Obama’s directive was a concession to political pressure applied by civil rights advocates.

”We will not put superficial concerns above public safety,’’ Sessions told the group gathered in Nashville, Tenn. “All you need to do is turn on a TV right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, it’s about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.’’

The attorney general referred to post-hurricane rescue effort underway in Houston, where military vehicles and helicopters—part of the the Texas National Guard—were deployed to assist in the massive response.

The administration’s action, first disclosed by USA TODAY, would restore “the full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the Department of Defense, along with restoring the full scope of grants used to purchase this type of equipment from other sources,’’ according to a administration summary of the new program.

”Assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be re-purposed to help state, local and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime.”

As technologies evolve and criminals get better weapons, so must our police. Leftists love to complain about the big scary police soldiers, while at the same time ignoring that criminal gangs are becoming increasingly well-armed. In order to maintain the peace, a monopoly on force must be achieved.

Even protests have gotten more violent. With the growth of domestic terror groups like Antifa, police are finding themselves overwhelmed by violent subjects armed with explosives, knives and other weapons.

A study released by the American Economic Journal reveals startling truths about the effect so-called "militarization" has on crime.

From the Daily Signal:

A study released earlier this month, titled “Police Officer on the Frontline or a Soldier? The Effect of Police Militarization on Crime,” concludes that a “10 percent increase in the total value of military aid [given to a community] leads to a decrease of 5.9 crimes per 100,000 population” and that such aid is associated with a reduction in complaints about crime from local citizens.

The authors of this study estimate that $5,800 worth of military gear can result in savings to society (based on the average cost of a crime) of $112,000, thereby making military aid “a very inexpensive crime-reducing tool” compared to other types of law enforcement expenditures.

This is the first step to taking back America — it starts with empowering and equipping law enforcement to deal with evolving threats.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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