They got themselves an RV!

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

TN Police Departments Get Tank-Like Military Vehicles:

GALLATIN, Tenn. – It could have been a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but now a 21-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, is on the streets of Gallatin.

“It’s like waking up on Christmas morning and having the best present you ever had,” said Asst. Chief William Sorrells.

When you compare it to the customized 1980s military ambulance they have now with ballistic blankets only one side the MRAP is 360-degrees of reinforced protection.

“It’s so much better just knowing that there’s all this protection in between us and somebody trying to hurt us,” McFadden said while taking us on a ride along Friday.

So far only Gallatin, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro and Lewisburg* have the vehicle.

A couple of things…

It’s not a $#%(ing Christmas present. It’s a piece of military equipment that you have absolutely no need for. We in the gunnie community often say “what’s need got to do with it” in regards to firearms, but the huge difference here is that we won’t be using our evil assault-style clips to knock down people’s houses for fun and profit.

Gallatin has about 30,000 residents. They have 15 SWAT raids a year. How many times last year did one of those raids involve “somebody trying to hurt [Gallatin SWAT]”? Of those, how many involved the suspect actually shooting at officers? Of those, how many involved the suspect shooting at the bullet-resistant vehicle they already have? And finally, out of those incidents where suspects who were intent on hurting Gallatin SWAT and actually opened fire and actually hit the armored vehicle they already have do so with a weapon capable of penetrating that vehicle?


Okay, how about we expand that to the last ten years? Twenty?

Has there ever been an incident where this $700,000 vehicle would have made any difference whatsoever?

How many times are the Gallatin PD running into IEDs? Do I need to stop going up there to visit? Is it so dangerous up there that businesses should relocate to a safer area?

This is the same police department that acted so egregiously I found myself on the side of Leonard Embody in a dispute.

I feel safer. Don’t you?

*Gallatin: Pop 30,000, who’s PD mascot is, hilariously, Taser the Cat.
Hendersonville: Pop 52,000
Murfreesboro: Pop 112,000
Lewisburg: Pop 11,000 <--srsly wtf?

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