For the knave, perception is reality. Americans are preconditioned to respond to narratives emotionally. The establishment media tells America what to think and the public school system, dominated by progressive hacks, indoctrinates instead of encouraging students to think critically. Therefore, most Americans react instinctively--if it looks aggressive, military, scary then it must be. Our rational faculty is purposefully short circuited by a deluge of amusement. Our ability to analyze is atrophied like a limb withered by a palsy. Television, movies, and music are all passive and are, for most, an exclusive pursuit.
It is no wonder then that when law enforcement utilizes weapons and equipment that appear to be military in nature, the uninformed follow after pied pipers crying, "militarization!" Some of the most vociferous cries of protest come from the right and utilize an argument usually the exclusive tool of soft-skulled liberals. The anti-gun cabal's usual tactic is to demonize a firearm based solely on its appearance. Disturbingly, some pundits on the right decry the use of surplus military equipment and “assault style” firearms based on appearance alone.
How often has it been said of the law enforcement response in Ferguson, Missouri that police have appeared too intimidating and militaristic in their riot gear, riding on surplus MRAP armored vehicles? This, it is said, has inflamed the passions of the mob. As if the irrational, emotional, ignorant mob needed some rational basis to perpetuate its criminality. The mob is not a protest but anarchy, a ravenous monster stampeding to feed its lust. Passion rules until the fuel of hate is consumed or until quelled by the imposition of order. Reason is not for the mob, it is for the citizenry who peaceably assemble. There is no constitutional right to riot, to disturb the peace, to run dark streets bent on mayhem and theft. The rioting in Ferguson was naked opportunism and MRAPs rolling down the streets, far from inciting more violence, were a mechanism of restoring order. Fear should be instilled in the lawless. Legitimate civil authority does not bear the sword in vain. Otherwise, "mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."