Iowa Guard Exercise Canceled because of concerns over "gun rights"

I am not completely sure that I understand what happened here. The story from the DesMoines Register is here:

The four-day event in April would have involved between 90 and 100 combat troops arriving in the Carroll County community in a convoy with a Blackhawk military helicopter flying overhead.

Troops would have gone door to door, asking the town's 443 residents about a suspected arms dealer and conducting searches of homes if property owners volunteered in advance to cooperate.

There was no opposition to the Guard's plans from city leaders. But gun-rights advocates were mortified, and news about the exercise became a hot topic nationally on radio talk shows and the Internet.

Arcadia Mayor Oran Kohorst said Monday he was disappointed the exercise had been canceled. He said he had not heard of a single objection from residents, and he said the City Council supported it. . . .

Thanks to James Lagnese for the link.



Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

Title 18, U.S.C. Section 1385.

It still is law, is it not? Or is it subject to change without notice? I admit that history may be used as an excuse to repeal this law...

There is a reason that this law exists, and a damn good one at that.

At what point in time, do the rights of the citizens, no longer matter, especially when confronted by a very well armed military? Did this not happen during the American Revolution?

Did not our forefathers recognize the affect of military forces on a civilian population? Or should I say a force upon said civilians?

The use of a 'Standing Army' was abhorrent to many signers of the Declaration of Independence. They understood abuses of power. To place all powers of Law, under a unified command such as a Federal Government, simply opens the door to tyranny.

The above does not withstand scrutiny if viewed in the context of why the Posse Comitatus Act was passed, but it does conform with the Constititution of the United States. 'Nuff said!

2/24/2009 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stories I read about this indicated that only those citizens who volunteered would be involved. Their guard apparently doesn't have any place to practice urban combat techniques and the townsfolk, many of whom have relatives in the Guard, volunteered to help.

It looks to me like it was blown out of proportion because some people saw it as a way to further their agenda.

I would be opposed to this if it was not voluntary, or even if it the troops had no connection to the town.

2/25/2009 12:24 PM  
Blogger tmh said...

Mr. Schalz has it right on the money.
I remember an episode of The Unit, on CBS, where Posse Comitatus was 'suspended' for an operation taking place at an airport in the USA. Apparently, CBS was floating a trial balloon, of sorts. Here the Iowa Guard was putting it into practice in the form of an exercise. Exercise today...reality tomorrow or whenever the government decides.

2/25/2009 9:19 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

The Iowa Guard exercise was nothing more than behavioral conditioning.

As to the furthering of an agenda, protecting the freedom of the peoples of these, Our United States is out of proportion to the problem at hand, I fail to see how.

2/26/2009 11:08 AM  

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