Combat Crime: Two Illinois Legislators wants “military in” and civilians out. Dangerous innovation for democracy..
Old Illinios National Guard, members of the 123rd Field Artillery Bn. 33rd Div. in active service since 1941 shown grouped around their 155mm artillery piece. Baguio, Mt. Province, Luzon, P.I. 26 May 1945
Two state lawmakers of Illinois urged on Sunday to call the National Guard to fight violence on Chicago’s streets.
State Representatives John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford point out that the 113 homicides in Chicago as of the weekend matched U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq put together.
They say: “It’s time. Call in the Guard.”
But Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said the National Guard isn’t the answer.
In post-Katrina New Orleans, the Guard served a useful role staffing checkpoints to keep people out of sealed-off neighborhoods. That’s a job a military force can do.
But the Guard isn’t suited to … READ MORE HERE