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05/09/2007

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Tom, I didn't know you had it in you! You're absolutely right: militarizing the police is a Bad Thing. The armed forces exist for one purpose, and the police for another. We conflate them at our own peril.

The militarization of the police started in the 70s with the growth of SWAT squads. While it makes sense for police equipment to keep up with the times, like switching from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols with large capacity magazines, it makes no sense to expand their mission to include military-like duties.

Keep up the good work, Tom! There's hope for you yet.

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