Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Rand doesn’t always get it right, but he nailed it on this one.


The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.

The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.

Glenn Reynolds, in Popular Mechanics, recognized the increasing militarization of the police five years ago. In 2009 he wrote:

Soldiers and police are supposed to be different. … Police look inward…

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Pay no attention citizen; your Constitutional right to assemble is not being violated at all.

For those of you unaware of the situation unfolding right now in Ferguson Missouri, there has been a massive uprising for the last several days in response to an unarmed 18 year old black male (Michael Brown) who was shot and and killed by Ferguson police on August 9th. After the shooting, when protesters assembled outside the police department to protest Brown’s death, they were told by Ferguson PD not to protest and were ordered to leave. Sadly, after that,what started out as a peaceful protest deteriorated quickly into rioting. Since then, Ferguson PD, have made numerous arrests, have ordered media personnel to turn off their cameras, and have now arrested several members of the media for not complying with their demands to shut off cameras.

Ferguson has erupted into a full-fledged Orwellian Police State, complete with armored vehicles, tear gas, police interfering with the media’s right to freedom of the press, and denial of free assembly. How ironic that just 15 months after the warrantless door-to-door searches that followed the Boston Bombing, another American town has fallen to militarism of the police state.

Ferguson Protesters

Ferguson PD taking down media cameras

To Protect and Serve?

See my original write up on the Boston Bombing and the Police State: Freedom is Beginning to Look Less Free

Wake up America; the Police State is already here. 

Freedom is Beginning to Look Less Free

Originally posted on my old (now defunct) blog shortly after the Boston Bombing; however, with the events unfolding in Ferguson, MO., it seemed appropriate to re-post it today.

Original post date 4/22/13:

Over at Anti-War, a recent post shows the height from which the U.S. has fallen. The image is disturbing; it shows a uniformed SWAT team member in a armored car, pointing an assault rifle (those same kind that the government has deemed to be dangerous and need to be taken away from us) at a citizen in their own house who dared to peer out their window at the government circus parade as it drove through the suburbs of Boston, going door-to-door infringing upon people’s constitutionally protect right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” (4th amendment).

While the war drums have already started beating as people pronounce judgment on militant Islam, jihad, and anything that remotely resembles anti-American sentiment (whatever that is), it is important that we remember a few things; first, the Constitution does not permit warrantless searches in any circumstance, and second, as the great founder Benjamin Franklin once stated, “they that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Nowhere is this more clearly seen that in the events which have transpired in the last week. We must remember that no matter how heinous the crimes committed by the brothers Tsarnaev, circumventing our liberties is never ok and merely opens the door to further intrusion and breakdown of our freedom as Americans. As we sit idle and allow the government to eviscerate the Constitution, we embrace the government’s Orwellian approach to law.  See for yourself; as we exchange our liberties for security in the state, the results are more than just a little shocking.


A nice video of a warrant less search in Boston:

Anyone not disturbed by the images of our blossoming totalitarian state going door to door, need to remember that when we do not decry unconstitutional actions by the state, we set the precedent that government will use against us the next time they decide to act in their own interests above our given rights.

H/T to AntiWar.com

2nd Amendment; What 2nd Amendment?

“In what looks to be a terrible ruling for Maryland gun owners a federal judge has essentially ruled that guns that were regulated by the state of Maryland last year, including AR-15 and AK style rifles (as well as other magazine fed, semi-auto rifles with certain features), “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms,” according to a 47 page opinion by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.”


I am not even sure what to say to this one…

If this doesn’t go to the Supreme Court and get struck down, it could create a illegal “legal” precedent that does not reflect favorably for gun owners. The U.S. Constitution is being shredded right in front of us. The 2nd Amendment clearly states that

“the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

At what point do we as a people choose the U.S. Constitution over our government’s decrees? At what point do we demand our government follow its own laws and uphold the Constitution rather than continually circumventing it? 

Our 3rd President said it best:

“Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers… a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.” – Thomas Jefferson