Florida Sheriff Calls Obama ‘Hypocrite’ For His Stance On Armored Vehicles

Lee County (FL) Sheriff Mike Scott recently posted the following on the agency Facebook page.

In recent years, President Obama has issued “executive orders” limiting law enforcement access to armored vehicles and criticizing use of same. As always, his willing partners in the media promote the notion that law enforcement officers should somehow respond to critical events in kinder, gentler fashion.

We had examples of this flawed thinking not long ago when the FMPD acquired a military surplus vehicle before Obama put the brakes on that program. We at the LCSO have had an armored Bearcat for years; indeed, the very same style vehicle used earlier this morning to stop the mass shooting in the Orlando nightclub.

It’s just this simple folks, bullets are bullets whether they are flying on the foreign soil of Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. or anywhere USA like say, Orlando? This most recent tragedy in Orlando is yet another example of how real the threat can be, and my thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the families of those killed.

I am left to wonder how our President and anyone subscribing to his shallow rhetoric about demilitarizing police would respond to a hail of gunfire. It is truly a hypocrite that rides around in armored vehicles while suggesting that the modern day law enforcement officers do otherwise.

Sheriff Mike Scott

Lee County Sheriff’s Office (Florida)

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  1. Katrina

    Very well stated, Sheriff. The last paragraph is gold.

  2. ahaz

    The sheriff should realize that MRAPs are weapon designed for war and have no place in the hands of LE. Bearcats, designed for LE use, provide enough protection for officers and if a department has a valid requirement for one, then the department should justify it with their local government.

    • Ryan Williams

      Actually an MRAP is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle designed to withstand improvised explosive devices and ambushes. Essentially, it’s the exact same thing as a Bearcat. The only difference is a Bearcat isn’t built to deter explosions from something such as an IED. Bearcat is an acronym for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. Both of these vehicles, as demonstrated by Orlando, have absolutely every justification to be in the hands of law enforcement. I’m for whatever tools we need to give law enforcement to give them the upper hand over those that threaten peace in America and all over the world. The Bearcat gave Orlando PD an upper hand by helping them punch a hole in the wall of the bathroom where they pulled people to the rescue through the wall and engaged the terrorist.

      • ahaz

        If a LE agency wants that type of protection and the local government approves it, then buy as many Bearcats as they need. LE doesn’t need MRAPS and I refer to my original posting as to why. Weapons designed for war are not meant for use by LE…PERIOD!

        • Ryan Williams

          If by weapon you mean any means to gain an upper hand on an enemy then yes I guess an MRAP would be a weapon of war, otherwise explain to me how a vehicle is a weapon designed for war?

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