National Guard Troops Deployed To DC Now Armed and Ready


HOMELAND SECURITY – Following the violent riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the National Guard from several states have been mobilized and deployed to Washington, D.C. However, unlike prior deployments where the Guard was unarmed and used mostly for presence and crowd and traffic control, some of these troops are now armed and ready.

They will also be providing site security for the Capitol and in some areas of downtown D.C.

Approximately 6,200 National Guard troops have been flown into the nation’s capital from several nearby states. The troops from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia joined those from D.C. to help avoid a repeat of last week’s deadly chaos.

Additionally, a metal fence similar to the one previously erected around the White House now surrounds the Capitol grounds. Both National Guard troops and law enforcement officers are guarding the perimeter behind the fence.

Two Air Force veterans were killed and three others, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the storming of the Capitol by hundreds of rioters.

Some have labeled the riot an ‘insurrection’ that is a legal stretch. While it was a horrible, unacceptable criminal event and I have strongly condemned it I called it a criminal mob and riot with terroristic aspects but not a coup or an insurrection.

I say ‘terroristic’ because some involved used physical violence for the express purpose of political intimidation, and that is part of the textbook definition of terrorism.

While all this can be debated, it is doubtful that the majority of this unarmed mob was intent on overthrowing the United States government.

But now things have heated up considerably. We have since seen many online calls for armed protesters going to D.C. in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, and a huge pro-Trump ‘Million Militia March’ on Inauguration Day.

Military Times (MT) reported:

“REFUSE TO BE SILENCED,” said one online post cited by Alethea Group, calling for an “ARMED MARCH ON CAPITOL HILL & ALL STATE CAPITOLS” for Jan. 17, the last Sunday of Trump’s polarizing presidency. Another post called for action at “DC & All State Capitols” and was signed by “common folk who are tired of being tread upon” declares: “We were warned!”

Bringing illegal firearms into the district could significantly alter the dynamic from last week, where almost all the protestors were unarmed. Hence the Guard now being armed as well.

While some of the National Guard troops have now brought weapons and other tactical combat gear, they are mostly patrolling unarmed for now. That could quickly change.

A D.C. Guard spokesman said, according to MT, “The D.C. National Guard stands ready to support the incident command and is committed to supporting our local and federal agency partners.”

This appears to mean the troops are authorized to stand watch armed if needed. But that has not yet occurred, said the Guard spokesman. “We are not carrying weapons now, but any changes in posture will be determined by intel reports and risk assessment,” he said.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Peter Boonisar
Peter Boonisar
6 days ago

You can only suppress a free people so long. With millions of gun owners fearing for their freedoms being lost, what would you expect from them. Defund the police and down size our military which puts our personal and national defense in jeopardy. Stand with free Americans in saving America. People will die and I hope you are on our side. In the first Civil War, over 600,000 Americans lost their lives to free Black people. Now more than ever, we are willing to die to keep America Free.

Marina
Marina
6 days ago

Everyone should close tweeter, FB, Instagram accounts, dump their stock if own any before they are worthless, stop buying from Amazon, buy direct from the seller/merchant don’t wait.

Lisa
Lisa
6 days ago

When President Trump wanted to bring in armed National Guard last summer the democrats acted as if it was the worst thing ever, now they do it. Such disgusting hypocrites

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
6 days ago

Ugly, ugly inauguration on the horizon. Perhaps they should anoint this president in his basement where he campaigned.

pj
pj
6 days ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

And anoint him with water dipped from a used toilet.

Floyd Wayne Brafford
Floyd Wayne Brafford
6 days ago

I pray that any deployed US military person who is deployed to the Washington DC will use their own training and protect the real people and put into detention the true traitors of tho\is great country ..The Deep State and the Commie Democraps should be shot on site to stop this agression on the USA.

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Suzie
Suzie
5 days ago

I didn’t notice any buildings burned down and the people with glass cutters and Molotov cocktails as well as bombs were NOT TRUMP SUPPORTERS. Ask Nancy how they got into Capitol, as well as Mitch and Chuck. Setup to take down Trump.


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