Target: Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
Goal: Praise order to stop giving military weaponry to local police forces.
Local police departments will no longer be receiving surplus combat weapons from federal agencies thanks to an executive order recently signed by the President. This order comes amid discussion about an over-militarized police force and after poor police responses to the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore. A recent ForceChange petition also called for just such an action. Hopefully taking away these dangerous weapons from the police will lead to less violent dealings with protesters and a less militaristic attitude.
Among the weapons that the order restricts are: grenade launchers, high-caliber firearms, tank-like armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft, and bayonets. Why on earth would local police departments need any of these things? They are not defending their homes from invasion, they’re supposed to be protecting and serving the public. How could a bayonet possibly protect anyone? Not to mention that protesters are a lot less likely to express their opinions when there’s a tank staring them in the face, effectively limiting free speech.
Beside the fact that the police are not fighting off an occupying force, many tend to forget that the criminal justice system is meant to rehabilitate criminals and make them productive members of society. How is someone going to become a productive member of society after they’ve been hit by a grenade launcher or a missile from a drone?
This was a straightforward issue that was clouded by those who worship violence. Taking these military weapons out of the hands of police will do a great deal to take the military ideas out of the minds of the police. Please sign here to thank President Obama for creating and pushing this executive order to protect people’s lives and First Amendment rights.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to thank you for your recent executive order that will prohibit federal agencies from sending certain munitions to local police forces. Why on earth any local police department would need a grenade launcher, armored tank-like vehicle, .50-caliber weapon, drone, or bayonet is beyond me. It is well documented that this type of equipment makes police feel like they’re fighting off invaders instead of protecting and serving their communities, and taking it away will do a great deal to ensure everyone’s safety.
Many people forget that the role of the criminal justice system is to rehabilitate criminals and turn them into productive members of society. How can anyone who has been hit by a grenade launcher or a missile from a drone be rehabilitated? The answer is simply that these weapons should never be used period, let alone on citizens of this country that are simply trying to voice their opinions.
Therein lies the most dangerous thing about these weapons: their ability to limit free speech. I ask you, how willing would you be to voice your discontent with a system if there were a tank staring you in the face? This order was necessary and you have done a great deal to protect the people of this nation through it.
[Your Name Here]
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