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  •  That's great, but... (0+ / 0-)

    Then, that should be their stated purpose. Or shut down the National Guard, and create a new organization: "State Guard", that has a mission to actually help in domestic emergencies, and not fight in foreign wars.

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    by walk2live on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 10:21:59 AM PST

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    •  In San Diego (1+ / 0-)
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      Our Lifeguards do this sort of stuff.

      Only think the National Guard here ever got involved in, was some guy stole a tank and drove it around SD driving over cars and stuff.  Eventually got stuck trying to drive over the divide on the freeway, and they opened the top and shot him dead.  You might have seen this on "Whackiest Car Chases" are something.

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      by egarratt on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 10:28:10 AM PST

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    •  There is a real need for people who can (0+ / 0-)

      walk into hell and announce "We are in charge here".

      The rescuers sometimes have to rescue people from other people. I don't think I've ever seen a major hurricane without reports of looting.

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      by blue aardvark on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 10:43:36 AM PST

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    •  Already exist, if I count correctly in 23 states. (1+ / 0-)
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      Here is the list and they often do have disaster functions that, in my opinion, may better function than a pure "military" thing like the NG. Such an organization can have a military structure for some functions but also attract people that want nothing to do with going through say U.S. Army basic training like Army NG does. So, you may get helicopter pilots and retired Army or Navy special skills along with people with similar or other needed skills without military background.

      As I've said before here, I'd strongly support a move of funds away from NG with those being diverted to a combination of support to civilianized state emergency response and the bulk to beefing up the prestige and retention in the various federal reserve forces. Of course any such attempt would run smack in to the VERY political crap I mentioned here.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 10:58:03 AM PST

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