I was in the Army, and I'm in the National Guard now (just want to be clear up front).<br><br>It saddens me to read this story today, on memorial day, and shortly after most of the nation's soldier citizens have been relieved of their airport security duty. <br><br>The reason it saddens me, isn't because the soldiers weren't equipped with loaded weapons, but the reason that they weren't equipped. The reason these soldiers weren't armed isn't because they weren't capabale people, but rather because they weren't well trained...<br><br>so all of you that might think we spend to little money, or too little emphasis on our military's preparedness, realize that these soliders, on their own doil, couldn't have protected the people they were charged with protecting....<br><br>on our own soil...<br><br>what happens if they get sent to Afghanistan, Iraq, or some other god awful place?<br><br><br><br>Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.<br>-- Aaron Levenstein
"In the old days, you'd finish a day's work and announce, 'I'm done.' Nobody ever does that now. There's never enough time." -- Elliott Masie
"Laird said the notion of National Guard soldiers patrolling with unloaded weapons suggested that there still existed a looming shadow from Kent State, where Ohio guardsmen killed four students during antiwar demonstrations in 1970."<br><br>i am sad, too. not because they weren't trained properly, but because they had the audacity to speak up and tell the world they weren't really armed. far be it for them to realize the practice is still happening and they put others in jeopardy. you see, my mother is the ammunitions officer on an army base. since 9/11, there has been a checkpoint to enter the base. i went onto base with her not long ago to go the PX and there were many armed guards who checked our documentation to get onto base. after we were through the checkpoint, i said something about the machine guns and how menacing it all looked. she informed me that none of the guns were loaded (they'd started out having ammunition, but the elders thought better of it after a few days like this). she went on to explain why, but the quote above gets at the heart of the matter. 18 year old kids are often immature even when we trust them to defend our country -- training or not.<br><br>when it comes down to it, the armed guards are leaving airports so obviously the threat is not that great that they would have come under attack in the airport itself. further, the national guardsmen who were stationed at the airports all had armed authorities (e.g. police) with them. national guardsmen train for what? 1 weekend a month (and longer in the summer)...what does anyone expect in that little time? do you question the training you receive? the purpose of the guardsmen in the airports was not to use the weapons, it was more a show of force to reassure those who were travelling...and that's the bottom line. it worked.<br><br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
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