Monday, May 18, 2015

The Rare Occasion When I Agree With Obama

The half-Kenyan restricts local police access to some military surplus gear:

In previewing the president's trip, the White House said that effective immediately, the federal government will no longer fund or provide armored vehicles that run on a tracked system instead of wheels, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms. The federal government also is exploring ways to recall prohibited equipment already distributed.

In addition, a longer list of equipment the federal government provides will come under tighter control, including wheeled armored vehicles like Humvees, manned aircraft, drones, specialized firearms, explosives, battering rams and riot batons, helmets and shields. 

Local LEOs do not need tracked APCs.
The Department of Education, Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms doesn't need that stuff either.  We do not need a national police force.  We don't need to try to get around Posse Comitatus.  

Obama is still an idiot.  He may be like the proverbial stopped clock.  He may be right for the wrong reason.  Still, as painful as it is for me, I will admit that he is right in this case. 


  1. Yeah, if the result is a demilitarization of the police forces, it doesn't matter what the reason is.

  2. Can't disagree with the result, either. I am surprised that shields are considered military. I have no problem cops using them as protection during riots.