President Donald Trump’s executive order abolishing President Obama’s ban on local law enforcement’s access and use of surplus military gear has been met with great support across the law enforcement and Republican political worlds.
The Obama administration made the decision to ban the use of military gear after civil rights and radical Black Lives Matters activists, began rioting after the justified police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
Florida’s Drug Czar, Attorney General Pam Bondi came out in support of Trump’s order, saying that the edict was needed to combat, “terrorism, drug cartels, gangs and other threats to public safety.’
This order will give our law enforcement officers access to billions of dollars’ worth of equipment such as armored vehicles, ammunition and other military gear that will help in disaster related situations like we are seeing in Texas with Hurricane Harvey—as well as terrorism-related cases such as the Pulse nightclub attack, where a military-style helmet stopped a bullet, saving an officer’s life, and San Bernardino, where this type of equipment protected law enforcement officers as they pursued terrorists.
“I want to thank President Trump for standing up for law enforcement and signing this order to give officers access to more lifesaving tools. Equipment like this could help Florida law enforcement officers respond to hurricanes and the destruction left in the aftermath.”- Attorney General Pam Bondi
In statements provided to the Shark Tank, Bondi’s two potential Republican predecessors, Rep, Jay Fant and former Judge Ashley Moody, both came out in support of the president’s decision to allow the military grade equipment to be used locally.
“President Trump and AG Sessions are right to protect law enforcement while keeping our communities safe.” – Rep.Jay Fant
“I believe our law enforcement officers are asked to do a difficult and dangerous job each and every day and I support measures that help them accomplish their mission to protect and serve. Additionally, I believe that each local law enforcement agency should have the option and ability to access equipment that helps their officers return home safely and protect the rule of law. This new executive order allows local agencies to make decisions that are best for their officers and their community.”-Judge Ashley Moody