Leftists Slam Trump Over Law Enforcement Equipment Policy. Here's the Reality.
Last week, President Trump announced that he would repeal Obama's ban on military equipment for law enforcement, restoring access to the Reagan-era "1033 Program" under the Department of Defense.
The reversal would once again enable first responders nationwide to get better quality equipment to address increasing levels of violence and unrest from domestic terror groups like Antifa and street-level criminals.
Of course, leftist media outlets are hitting back on the reversal. A new piece in Mad Magazine remixes a 1958 Norman Rockwell painting called "The Runaway." Here's the original:
The 'updated' version (at the top of this article) depicts, according to leftist website The Root, "a black kid sitting at the same sweet soda fountain, obviously scared to death of a cop sitting next to him with an automatic weapon on his back and helmet over his face, the soda jerk giving a mean side eye." The piece goes on:
There are several things wrong with this statement. Police did not 'aggress upon' protesters, they simply did their jobs when thieves and vandals tore through Ferguson, burning and looting local businesses.
Local law enforcement were not "riding tanks." They were using Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), which have no extraordinary offensive capabilities — they're meant to protect occupants and provide cover from the projectiles being flung at them.
For those without a background in firearms terminology, the phrase "armed with semi-automatic weapons" sounds scary. Semi-automatic literally means one bullet is fired per trigger pull. It applies to all firearms, from rifles to the sidearms police carry nationwide.
When the city you patrol in resembles a war zone thanks to a criminal underclass running wild, it makes sense to respond with the appropriate tools.
The police didn't put on military gear to attack protesters, they geared up when 'protesters' attacked them.
Although The Root would have you believe that every police officer on the ground in Ferguson was clad head-to-toe in military gear, this was hardly the case. In most cases, police simply enhanced their standard uniforms with additional protective measures like helmets and shields, neither of which is "military" in nature:
In America, the vast majority of policing is performed by 'normal' uniformed officers. The Mad Magazine painting depicts a highly uncommon scene — officers don't gear up unless there's a threat to respond to.
In fact, the officers shown above are wearing their normal patrol uniforms, just with helmets, shields and riot batons. These items are grossly impractical for normal duty and are deployed only in cases of unrest. The catalyst is always the local populace.
If the Mad Magazine painting were to be actually accurate, the diner should be heavily vandalized, with the owner(s) watching from afar, angry at the lack of cops. Maybe something along these lines:
The Root goes on to scare its readers with this gem:
This is just asinine. APCs are no more 'tanks' than 40mm launchers are 'rocket-launchers.'
The article throws in a derisive 'or not' to suggest that instead of tear gas, police would use 40mm launchers to fire lethal ammunition. There is zero evidence to support the insinuation and in fact, explosive shells would be highly impractical for law enforcement usage.
At the end of the article, a blurb describes author Angela Bronner-Helm as "a writer, editor, and definitely not a respectability politics kind of girl." Congratulations, Ms. Helm. You're part of the problem and one of the reasons why America continues to deteriorate. If you won't call for protesters to behave civilly, don't be surprised when law enforcement becomes the last standing hope for control over out-of-control leftist violence.
Stay alert. Stay alive.