When it comes to well-armed drug dealers, rioters and looters, I think most of us want our local police departments to have enough weaponry to win the battle. But how much weaponry is too much for a local police department to have? That’s a question being asked more and more lately as we see how well stocked some of them are.
Back in the 1990s, a program known as “1033” was launched. It involved the sending of equipment from the Department of Defense to local police departments. While still functioning well, this equipment was no longer needed by the DOD. They had received newer, more sophisticated equipment. In addition to helping local, budget-strapped police fight the drug war, it allowed for equipment to be re-used instead of being scrapped for metal.
Among this equipment have been grenade launchers, helicopters and machine guns – items that are used more often in wars than in general police work. In this program, local law enforcement agencies can also request items that include tanks and military aircraft.
Since it began, the program has transferred billions of dollars’ worth of equipment to local police forces. One police chief in a town of 23,000 people requested an armored vehicle in order to patrol the town’s annual Pumpkin Festival. Another received an armored personnel carrier with a rotating turret.
One of the biggest fears that many people have about this situation is that local police departments will misuse weaponry with such dangerous potential.
Personally, my biggest concern is “why.” Why does the government feel that it needs to load up local police departments with weaponry that you’d normally only need in a war. What type of scenario are they anticipating? What do they know that we don’t know about future potential civil unrest?
Everything keeps pointing to the same thing. The only way we’re going to survive the coming chaos is by stockpiling food, water and other essentials, making our homes as invader-proof as possible and having guns and ammunition at the ready. Don’t wait any longer. If the government thinks civil unrest is going to happen, we need to be ready for it.