I’ve just had this thought bugging me the last couple of days — the LA Sheriff and Police are searching desperately for an allegedly rogue cop who already killed a couple of police and may have just shot two more in a shoot-out (click).
Although, who knows? The local constabulary has already shot up two vehicles officers thought contained the suspect. They didn’t, and now the Sheriff is buying at least one person a new pickup truck and, presumably, paying their medical bills.
Those issues aside, I was wondering, where is the militia in all this?
If the LA Sheriff is as good as most sheriff’s in Utah, he is a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment which safeguards the right of everyone in America to keep a gun handy so they can, at the needed time, form into a militia. I’d say having a rogue cop wandering around shooting folks qualifies. We don’t need troops, just good guys with guns to hunt him down.
Plus, there’s a million dollar reward. I am amazed those good guys with guns aren’t mobbing the place.
It would be interesting if they did. The guy took to the hills, so there would be some slogging around mountains and valleys and woods and dales. There’s snow on the ground so we know it’s cold.
But that shouldn’t matter. These are rough tough defenders of the US and apple pie and girls they left behind. I’m sure the sheriff would welcome them to his ranks, too.
More realistically, it would be a good reality check for those guys — it’s one thing to buy a gun to defend home and hearth, quite another to go out and actually do it. That’s why the military actually trains. Given the general lack of fitness of the average American male, not to mention weight issues, it would be interesting to see how many of our erstwhile militiamen made it out alive.
Or even have gone. But there is precedent. The Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 (click) was put down by federalized militia called up by President Washington (and led by him too) — but there was considerable resistance, few volunteered and a draft caused riots. When the militia marched into some towns the residents raised liberty poles, a sign of rebellion and opposition to the federal government left over from the Revolutionary War.
How good were they in combat? We’ll never know. The rebels ran away. In this case, it looks as if the cops have the guy surrounded.
Still, it’s one thing to say people need to keep guns to defend their homes, but it’s quite another to get them to actually do it.