I caught this little buggy on I-95 in Maryland, headed north, obviously. (Those are MA State Police plates.) And again, in CT, where I snapped these pictures through my windshield.
The Massachusetts State Police, it seems, have acquired at least one MRAP. This, in a state where a law-abiding citizen is all but forbidden to own a gun, let alone carry one. And, in many towns, if the Police Chief doesn’t feel you “need” one, then there is no “all but”, because you will not be issued a Firearms Identification Card, and denied firearm ownership. But the State Cops? They get armored vehicles made to stop a rocket-propelled grenade and 7.62 SLAP rounds.
“Cadillac” Deval Patrick, the Massachusetts Governor, is super-tight with President Barack Obama. They share skin color, and the same obsession with that skin color. They share a socialist-communist progressive political viewpoint. They also share the philosophy that political opponents are to be treated as enemies. And now Patrick is ensuring his State Police force now has the weapons it needs to suppress the dangerous elements of the Massachusetts electorate who dare challenge the omnipotence of the state.
It is axiomatic that whatever capabilites Law Enforcement entities acquire, they will find a way to use them, even if that use is more than a little ex post facto justification for having such capability. Some Barney Fife somewhere will insist upon it. Hollywood’s portrayal notwithstanding, the number of Massachusetts State Police Officers killed in the line of duty totals just 41 in the century and a half since its founding in 1865. The vast preponderance of these deaths in the line of duty have been accidental, with motorcycle accidents (13) accounting for more than twice the number killed by gunfire (6) in those 150 years. That’s right, just SIX Massachusetts State Police Officers have been killed by gunfire in the line of duty. Only three in the last 31 years.
But they now have MRAPs. At least one. And no, I don’t care in the slightest if DoD GAVE them to the State Police. Operation and maintenance costs aside, there is no need for such vehicles to be in the possession of law enforcement of any kind in MA. Give them to the National Guard, or foreign military sales. Because in the hands of cops, under the rubric of “safety”, they will surely wind up on the streets of the Commonwealth, either in a wildly overblown response to an incident, or as a means of intimidation of the population, who could do little to nothing in response to such a capability.
Cadillac Deval wants to play with MRAPs? I’d take up a collection to ship him and his Personal Security Detail, and that MRAP, to Helmand, or South Sudan, or Northern Nigeria, or Mali, so he can tool around in a place where his new toy is more appropriate. He might even get to see if it can stop an RPG. Or five. Because that MRAP sure as hell doesn’t belong on the streets of cities and towns in Massachusetts.