Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Still think that only the police should bear arms?

Well, read this. A sample:
When financial questions arose regarding the Mountain Pure Water Company, Washington did not send a few staffers to inspect documents. Instead, last spring, some 50 armed Treasury agents breached Mountain Pure’s headquarters in Little Rock, Ark. They seized 82 boxes of records, herded employees into the cafeteria, snatched their cell phones, and refused to let them consult attorneys.

“We’re the federal government,” Mountain Pure’s comptroller, Jerry Miller, says one pistol-packing fed told him. “We can do what we want, when we want, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Here's a news flash, Mr. T-man: you're the reason we've got the Second Amendment.

Police forces at all levels - national, state and local - have been trending toward militarization for years. This seems excessive - and, indeed, absurd - in many cases. I mean, does the freakin' FDA really need commandos?

H/T: Instapundit

Update: And why do so many towns, counties and colleges want drones all of a sudden? I guess they all believe that it's preferable to facilitate police pursuit of a criminal after the crime has been committed rather than to permit an armed citizenry that might have prevented the crime in the first place.


JeffS said...

Here's an article with a link to a map of drone permits -- looks to be the same list as you linked to.

JeffS said...

The sad thing is, drone technology is effectively available to private individuals.

Installing a video camera and transmitter in a remotely controlled model aircraft is simple, and (as far as I know) legal. It's all commercial, off the shelf hardware. Licenses optional if you want to (ahem) remain below the radar.

RebeccaH said...

Next thing you know, the police will be using semi-automatics to blow up railroads and bring down planes, the bastards.

JeffS said...

This is above and beyond the ambushes executed by the LAPD, or the cops with anger management issues during a routine traffic stop.

If they don't want to get shot at, they shouldn't be a cop. Like a soldier, it's part of the job.

rinardman said...

“We can do what we want, when we want, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

The sad part is, thay haven't been slapped down, so in their eyes they're untouchable.

"Untouchables"! Where have I heard that before?

Anonymous said...

Deborah said... Richard saw a drone over Sherman Oaks (CA) two weeks ago. It was probably Congressman Brad Sherman keeping tabs on his former adversary Congressman Howard Berman. Yeah, I feel safe.