The Pentagon Is Throwing A Free Army Truck Giveaway!
So after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq US Army is busy packing some stuff back onto US and one of them is a Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Vehicle or MRAP. This type of vehicle was born out of necessity. Because insurgents were keen on planting mines(ex army or homemade stuff) and troops in Humvee is a prey and eventually casualties mounted and MRAP was introduced. It did does a good job of saving soldiers life but after the war there is too many of them.
So what the Government plans as a budget saving measure is to re-distribute them to other place. At first foreign sales is considered but the market for MRAP isn't that big. Personally I think that the only market is either UN peace keeping troops or A country in war which US isn't keen to sell it. Like Egypt for example. So in the end almost 4000 MRAPs were planned to be distribute to Police force. For SWAT perhaps. This seems to be great idea. Since MRAP is very expensive. Dismantling them isn't effective and they are quite expensive to maintain so the Army didn't want to keep thew in large number.
But then a problem arise. Citizens sees this view more like police is becoming militarized these days. And peoples just afraid that police will become brutal force like in China or former USSR. This is what I wanted to ask. As a citizen what do you think of this move? Not just in US but imagine this happened in your country
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