Is America turning into a Police State? It certainly seems that way in my New York City
Do you feel comfortable having government authorizing police to walk around with Machine guns? At the same time, do you feel comfortable with disarming peaceful citizens?
New York City is frequently viewed as a test bed for liberal government policies. But I fear that the very real threat of Islamist terrorism is being used as an excuse for stripping Americans of their individual liberty.
For example, we have as many armed and uniformed police in NYC as we have troops in all of Iraq. Over 1,000 of them are authorized to carry machine guns which they do from time to time.
Machine guns in New York City? Can you imagine the civilian carnage when machine guns are fired on crowded streets? And no passerby’s can't say anything about being shot because it falls within “police guidelines.”
Whatever happened to marksmanship, where you aim at what you want to shoot? That seems to be out the window in NYPD philosophy. If there are two terrorists in a crowd of 50,000 in Times Square, doesn’t aiming at a target matter anymore?
I’m a big believer in the 2nd Amendment and have been a firearms owner for decades. In New York City, you can only carry a pistol if you are a retired police officer, politically connected, or wealthy and carrying large sums of money. The rest of us are severely restricted to even possess a rifle or shotgun and rules can be changed any time by the Chief of Police to the point of total restriction of anything.
The New York Police Department has military armored vehicles, streets are filled with surveillance cameras and you can be stopped and searched at whim. Of course, all of this must be done with political correctness. You can’t for example, do this to a suspicious looking Muslim for fear of violating rules against profiling.
Every American must be viewed as a potential terrorist, which means that if you mindlessly suspect everyone, the true terrorists slip through.
I suspect that Barack Obama and his vastly expanded Homeland Security are watching New York City. How far can government go in controlling the American people? When will Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano spring her announced plan for bringing airport nudie scanners and government sanctioned sexual molestation to the street corners of America?
Welcome to the impending American police state, or “Iran west.” The Obama motto of “Never let a crisis go to waste,” is becoming a reality when it comes to individual liberty and I fear the Presidential election of 2012 or even before, will determine the fate of our constitution and personal freedom.
What do you think?
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