The Militarized Police State Opens Fire

Whitehead, John W.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/20/the-militarized-police-state-opens-fire/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  20/06/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21078

Police and government agents are often left out of the conversation on gun violence, despite being among the greatest purpotrators of gun violence in America.

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Thus, any serious discussion about minimizing the violence in our society needs to address the manner in which the government and its cohorts (the police, the various government agencies that are now armed to the hilt, the military, the defense contractors, etc.) use violence as a means to an end, whether domestically or in matters of foreign policy.

You want to reduce gun violence? Start with the government.

Except that the government has no intention of scaling back on its weapons. To the contrary, the government's efforts to militarize and weaponize its own agencies and employees is reaching epic proportions, with federal agencies as varied as the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration placing orders for hundreds of millions of rounds of hollow point bullets.