As the National Guard takes up its positions in Ferguson, MO, and the situation escalates, Dr. Paul explains his opposition to the program that allowed small-town police forces across the US to be equipped with military equipment:
Police are supposed to be local people, and they're supposed to be peace officers. They're not supposed to be warriors.
Opponents of local police militarization are up against strong resistance in the US Congress, illustrated by the June 19 vote on an amendment Rep. Alan Grayson's (D-FL) offered in the House to curtail the military weapons transfers. Grayson's amendment failed to pass in US House of Representatives on June 19, receiving only 62 "yes" votes up against 355 "no" votes.