Last January, at the height of the Sandy Hook hysteria, the Ohio National Guard held a training exercise.
The “bad guys”?
Strict Constructionist Constitutional supporters of the Second Amendment. (Keep in mind that link is to the left-of-center Wiki).
When pressed about the scenario involving Second Amendment supporters by a reporter representing Media Trackers, Ohio National Guard Communications Director James Sims II hung up after claiming the Second Amendment scenario didn’t really portray gun rights activists as bad guys.
The local media covered it and had an entirely different take.
From their story:
…Two school employees who are disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, plot to use chemical, biological and radiological agents against members of the local community.
And you want to know their opinion on the plausibility of the scenario? “The make-believe scenario is timely.”
The Portsmouth Police Chief Bill Raisin’s thoughts? “It’s the reality of the world we live in. Don’t forget there is such a thing as domestic terrorism. This helps us all be prepared.”
Well, more recently internal National Guard paperwork about the incident has become public.
From that document, outlining the scenario:
On the chalk board as well as the tables there were several statements about protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.
Heavens no, we couldn’t have a scenario where radicalized muslims are cooking up some chemical or biological agents! Of course not. It has to be patriots gone bad!
In all fairness, we suppose, it should be noted that the same Ohio National Guard unit participated in a drill in December 2013 where the bad guys were anti-fracking environmentalists.
Days after word of that scenario leaked out, the local emergency management people quickly fell all over themselves apologizing.
(Messenger) – An apology was issued Thursday for the scenario that was used in an Athens County exercise to train emergency responders in the event of a terrorist incident.
The scenario involved a fake anti-fracking extremist group.
“The Athens County Emergency Management Agency and the Athens County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) are issuing this release to apologize for our choice of scenario…,” stated a news release issued Thursday afternoon.
“The scenario caused distress to people who have spent countless hours striving to protect the environment and our citizens,” the release stated…
Unlike the Ohio National Guard spokesman, the Buckeye Firearms Association’s spokesman wasn’t so eager to hang up on the reporter working on this story.
Buckeye Firearms is a nationally-known Second Amendment advocacy group out of Ohio, doing work similar to Guns Save Life. BFA’s spokesman Chad Baus told Media Trackers that “it is a scary day indeed when law enforcement are being trained that Second Amendment advocates are the enemy.”
It’s an Obama world out there, folks.
In the *real* world, it’s not gun right activists committing domestic terror. It’s either muslims or leftists. Media Trackers was kind enough to mention a couple of high-profile cases of late.
In 2012, members of the anarcho-socialist Occupy Cleveland movement were arrested and prosecuted for attempting to destroy the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge with explosives, to commemorate International Workers’ Day.
Last year, leftist groups Earth First and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claimed responsibility for the sabotage and property destruction of businesses in Washington and Van Wert counties.
They left out the Boston Marathon bombings committed by a couple of muslim immigrants living off welfare.