Surely this must be the answer.
From the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram:
"...a large armored vehicle once used by the U.S. military in Kuwait is on loan to the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office.
“It’s another tool for us to use,” Sheriff Ron Cramer said Monday after rolling up in the sand-colored vehicle that weighs between 46,000 and 48,000 pounds. “It’s on loan to us as long as we need it.”
"The Dunn and St. Croix county sheriff’s offices also have received similar vehicles. While Cramer and Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith hope they never have to use those vehicles, they’re grateful they have the armored machines, which arrived in west-central Wisconsin a few weeks ago, if needed."
The President came out yesterday after the most recent spate of violence and remarked, 'Our levels of violence are off the charts. No other developed country would put up with this.'
Unfortunately, many people seem to think that the solution is to ban guns from law-abiding citizens and make sure that local law enforcement has armored vehicles for risky situations. (I'm wondering if State Troopers are also going to be given armored vehicles, for after all, that's a pretty risky job, stopping a vehicle when you don't know what might be facing you when that window is rolled down).
How about looking at the cause of the violence in this country, rather than putting band aids on a gushing wound.
We promote the killing of our unborn, support violence on TV and video games, and try to numb our despair with drugs and alcohol.
What is Hollywood doing about this culture of violence? They talk out of both sides of their mouths, condemning violence while taking paychecks for making violent movies.
What are doctors doing about this?
This was from 2011:
"...the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008. The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant." - health.harvard.edu (And have you seen the long list of side effects from antidepressants? like suicidal thoughts and/or violence?)
We are a culture of violence. And should we be surprised?
For decades, we've been trying to convince ourselves that there is no God. Children are not taught that they are made in the image of God and thereby have intrinsic value, regardless of race, circumstances of birth, intellect, or physical characteristics. They are not taught to love the Creator and Sustainer of all things who loves them and knows even the number of hairs on their head, who has prepared unimaginable things for those who love Him.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
Do we need armored vehicles? or do we need to listen to the Word of God that tells us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength - and our neighbor as ourselves, to love the only God who gives us hope and a future.