It is unfortunately wishful thinking to believe that our nation’s police men and women have all the tools at their disposal that they’ll ever need.
This is simply a reality of economics in government. Big cities generate more revenue than small towns, both in business and in the taxes that are collected and then distributed throughout departments such as the police force, fire department, DMV, etc.
If we scale this up to the state level, things can become ever more complicated, as many of our states have not only State Troopers, but Marshals and Rangers to fund as well.
Such is the case in Arizona, where the elite Ranger force was looking to supplement their income in order to procure more range time for their officers. This is where the NRA Foundation came through in the clutch.
“The Arizona Rangers will be able to spend more time at the range now that the NRA Foundation has awarded the unit with a $4,592 grant. The Rangers competed for the grant, citing training as a driving force behind the application.
“The NRA Foundation money will be used for shooting range fees, targets and ammunition for training. Rangers, like other law enforcement officers in the state, have to qualify and stay certified in marksmanship. Typically, the individuals pay for training out of their pockets.”
Not only will the Rangers now be able to afford this much needed sharpening of their skills, but there is a real trickle down effect to be considered.
This grant money will be, in a sense, laundered back through the civilian economy. The range will pay taxes on their sales, which will head back to the government. Then, some of that revenue will find its way headed to the Arizona Rangers once again.