Obama bans some military-style equipment provided to police

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  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 20, 2015 9:26 a.m.

    lost in DC, West Jordan, UT; Well what is it that you want??? One year ago conservative were screaming and crying about the police becoming an extension of the military and how they don't want to live in a military police state. Now you are fit throwing mad because you want the police to have grenade launchers, track vehicles and fire power from the air? What are you thinking??? Fifty caliber machine guns??? Come on Buddy! You cannot be serious?

    Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT: Great comment and very well said.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    May 19, 2015 12:16 p.m.

    Maybe if law enforcement had military tools they could have properly dealt with Clive Bundy.

    That guy is robbing the citizens of this country and deserves to be punished.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    May 19, 2015 11:14 a.m.

    Have no illusions, this doesn't apply to peaceful tea party protestors. The only reason they are doing this is to get a riot going in Cleveland that will garner even more militarization and also keep the patriot act.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 19, 2015 8:59 a.m.


    no, did not miss your first letter.

    but I think I know how frustrating it must be for you, having to defend everything BO does, since most of it is wrong.

    Who said we want to live in apolice state? only liberals miscontruing a conervative's statement. That is a typical tactic of the left. When they cannot effectively argue against the conservative point, they twist it into something they CAN argue with.

    Nice try, but I can see through it.

    Do we want to live in a police state? No, but neither do we want to live in a state where the police are constantly vilified by he who is supposed to be the cheif law enforcer in the nation, the head of the executive branch, charged with executing the nation's laws.

  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    May 18, 2015 8:35 p.m.

    An article I just read on my local news website, sfgate-dot-com, suggests that biker gangs have declared a "green light" on law enforcement personnel after the mess in Waco. In other words, cops are in their crosshairs.

    How ironic that this should happen on the day the President of the United States ruled against providing police with equipment they need to enforce the law and be safe themselves. Would he deny our armed forces everything they need to fight ISIL and Al Qaeda, or prevent another 9/11, or retaliate for an attack on our homeland?

    Police departments are in a war not of their own choosing, because a variety of groups of people have chosen to wage war on law-abiding people and civilized society. By refusing them the means they need to counter this war, Obama becomes accountable for any deaths or injuries to police that might result from their being out-gunned or under-equipped.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 18, 2015 8:04 p.m.

    I am simply amazed! Conservatives have been screaming how President Obama is converting America into a Military State and now all you Right Wingers are screaming and crying about how you want to live in a police state. Amazing!

    Lost in DC, sorry about missing you in that first letter.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 18, 2015 1:51 p.m.

    I see the outrage factory is in high gear. What, exactly, do the police need with grenade launchers and 50 caliber weapons and what the armed aircraft?

  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    May 18, 2015 1:41 p.m.

    Let's hope the next person we elect as President has the wisdom and good sense to reverse this order and allow police to have the necessary tools not only to fight crime, but merely to stay ALIVE.

    Criminals aren't being "demilitarized." The bad guys, drug dealers, urban gangs, and yes the biker gangs like the Waco whackos, are better and more heavily armed and armored every day. Anyone who can move a mouse and make a PayPal payment can buy what they need to start their own military force. Such sociopaths have no honor or sense of responsibility, and unlike the vast majority of police, they are not concerned in the least about anyone who gets in their way.

    The President of the United States and his two Attorneys General, the so-called highest law enforcers in the land, want those who enforce the law and protect the public to defend with bows and arrows against the best weaponry available to modern armies. They bemoan the killing of law enforcement officers and promise to protect law-abiding citizens, but whose side are they really on?

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    May 18, 2015 12:43 p.m.

    Come the revolution...I want the local cops on my side.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 18, 2015 12:18 p.m.

    Obama has already pardoned over fifty thousand convicted prisoners. Some who may have joined ISIS.

    Please! Let's not have a federal take over of our police departments.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 18, 2015 10:46 a.m.

    To BO, the police are ALWAYS the bad guys.

    I wonder if he denies this equipment to his own secret service security detail, or that of his family?

    Who, beside you, said the three you chastise were parroting rush limbag? I know, I know, it confuses liberals when conservatives do not walk the same lock-step with conservative media types that liberals walk with liberal politicians.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 18, 2015 10:25 a.m.

    "You guys screaming about the militarization of our police dept."? Who is "you guys"? I remember seeing people in Ferguson and Baltimore looting and rioting because of the "evil" police but those rioting and looting are on your side, not mine! Obama and the rioters are the one complaining about the police, not me!

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    May 18, 2015 9:52 a.m.

    Thid, Say No to Bo and Mountainman;
    "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." I agree!

    It was you guys who was screaming about the militarization of our police department. I read this same stuff on the Tea Party web page. Rush Limbaugh was preaching it as well. So you cannot have it both ways. Make up your minds would ya!

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    May 18, 2015 9:28 a.m.

    Liberals think the police are the enemy and the criminals are just "victims".

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 18, 2015 9:14 a.m.

    I never thought I'd see the day when our president would wage an arms race...with local police.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 18, 2015 8:33 a.m.

    What fool doesn't think criminals will get assault rifles? Sending the police into this war with inadequate weapons is a fool's errand!