Sunday, May 31, 2020

National Guard, Now Authorized to Use Live Ammo, Flood America’s Streets — Alan Macleod

"Move on. Nothing to see here. Hong Kong, Uyghurs, Chinese flu, Russia, Iran...."

Note: "use live ammo" is unclear. The Guard is authorized carry live arms, but rules of engagement have not been revealed to my knowledge. These folks are trained and equipped for combat and not policing.

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National Guard, Now Authorized to Use Live Ammo, Flood America’s Streets


Matt Franko said...

“ Note: "use live ammo" is unclear. ”


Nebris said...

Some National Guard members appear to be profoundly uncomfortable with the idea of being deployed to oppose protestors. One anonymous guardsman told The Nation’s Ken Klippenstein: “We’re a combat unit not trained for riot control or safely handling civilians in this context. Soldiers up and down the ranks are scared about hurting someone, and leaders are worried about soldiers’ suffering liability,” adding that, “My [colleagues] are people of common sense and common decency. They may not want to step over any lines when doing their jobs, but wanting only goes so far when you’re under-trained and under-equipped.”

President Trump, however, appears very keen to see the National Guard respond to the protests. “I can’t stand back and watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard and get the job done right,” he stated, adding that the rioting “thugs” were dishonoring Floyd’s memory. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” he concluded, clearly encouraging a violent crackdown against protestors.

The country’s police already resemble its heavily armed military. Between 1998 and 2014 the value of military hardware given to U.S. police departments ballooned from $9.4 million to $796.8 million, with police departments across the country equipped with armored personnel carriers, tanks, and other machines appropriate only for a battlefield. Police are also increasingly trained to view citizens as threats and criminals, rather than members of the public they are serving.

Nebris said...

@Franko..why ain't ya out there 'boogaloo'n' with the rest of your Incel girlfriends?

Peter Pan said...

Have the NG hand over their gear to the cops.