You could make this argument in the inner-cities or parts of the southern border, but not in Pulaski County, Indiana, which has a population of less than 14,000.

Via The Blaze:

Pulaski County, Indiana, is home to less than 14,000 people. In all of 2012, they saw only 11 larceny or theft incidents, one murder and a grand total of 17 property crimes.

Yet, their police force has a mine-resistant ambush protection vehicle at their disposal.

Eight Indiana law enforcement agencies acquired MRAPs from military surplus since 2010, The Indianapolis Star reported. The vehicles are among a broad array of 4,400 items — everything from coats to computers to high-powered rifles — acquired by police and sheriff’s departments across the state. […]

“The United States of America has become a war zone,” Sheriff Gayer said when justifying the purchase. “There’s violence in the workplace, there’s violence in schools and there’s violence in the streets. You are seeing police departments going to a semi-military format because of the threats we have to counteract. If driving a military vehicle is going to protect officers, then that’s what I’m going to do.”

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I’m pretty sure a county that saw one murder in 2012 doesn’t qualify as a “war zone.”