War Around Every Corner Militarization of Everyday Civilian life

Police forces armed with military grade weapons at the 2012 Republican National Convention in my hometown of Tampa, Florida.

A participant in the sport of Paintball at the Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat in South East Gainesville. Paintball emphasizes many of the themes present in combat: participants stalk and shoot their prey in the setting of what they call "battlefields".
A military honor guard rehearses before their presentation at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football game in 2011. The military's close relationship with American professional sports is deeply woven in the vocabulary within sports: Football is a "war", the Quarterback/Head Coach/Manager is a "General", forward progress during a game of Football is "going into an opponents territory."
MacDill Air Force Base Commissary in Tampa Florida. Large military bases like MacDill provide services that often spill over to the civilian economy, and impact the lives of nonmilitary personnel. My Grandfather and Grandmother on my father's side, for example, owned a tailor shop in MacDill that repaired and made military uniforms for several decades.
A Gun show in 2014, taking place in Tampa Florida. Many of the weapons sold to civilians during gun shows are and have been used by the military in foreign wars.
The Military's overlap in civilian structures can come in forms as mundane as the very food we eat. Food packaged in portable and durable ways, like granola bar and instant coffee, originated in a military context.
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Aaron Klein

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