Militarization in Our Society By Ben Weiner

Militarization within Police Departments

This "Rescue Vehicle" is owned and used by the University of Florida Police Department for high risk, dangerous situations on campus. Often associated with Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) units, these armored vehicles are usually acquired through military surplus donations post-war and Deptartment of Homeland Security grants.

Militarization through imitation

The above image is a photo of myself during an airsoft game in 2012. Enthusiasts of Airsoft typically create near exact imitations of real military units and soldiers through the use of replica weapons and tactical gear.

Military presence in our community

This United States Army combat uniform jacket belongs to a University of Florida Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) student. This student will be entering the Army in Spring 2017 as a Field Infantry Officer. Students in the ROTC program can be seen walking around campus and training on public sports fields around campus. The ROTC programs on college campuses provide a public, normalized image of military officer trainees who are also everyday college students.

Arms of War

Considered a weapon of war, the AR-15 is a semi-automatic civilian version of the widely used M4 or M16 automatic rifle used by US military forces. The AR-15 is a weapon of choice amongst shooting sport enthusiasts, hunters, and collectors for its ease of use, accuracy, and reliability.

Fear of Danger, Reaction of War

The subject captured in the above image is a concealed carry permit holder in the State of Florida. The weapon in the holster is a Glock 19 9mm handgun. This weapon is the same one used by many US law enforcement agencies, as well as militaries nationwide. This weapon has made its way into the waistband holsters of everyday Americans as a method of protection from the dangers of crime in the community.

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