posted on Aug, 31 2008 @ 05:05 PM
I noticed the guardsmen on the news as well. They did have rifles with them, but upon a closer look, I didn't notice any with the magazines in the
rifles, and I did notice on one closup an empty magazine well. That's not a ready for action configuration, and neither by the way is having the
weapon slung over your shoulder. A weapon, to most soldiers is simply a part of the uniform, like boots, hat, or web gear.
I've heard an anecdote from someone who served in the 82nd during Hugo (though it might have been Andrew, my memory is kinda foggy on which).
Soldiers were deployed to the Hurricane zone with weapons and no ammo to go with them, and were approached by armed gang members demanding they give
up the weapons. The soldiers were able to bluff their way out of it, but since that time when deploying to hurricane zones with weapons they have ammo
for them, at least in thier vests so as to be readily accessible. The one time I did deploy with the Guard to a Hurricane zone, we did have ammo, but
kept it in our vests and actually kept plastic caps on our weapons to keep them clean. The work we were doing made our weapons more of a hinderence
(had to keep up with it and keep it clean), and the only looters we spotted were handled by local/state LEOs.