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DC – MILITARY – Pentagon Authorizes National Guard Members in D.C. to Carry Weapons (VIDEO)

Stunning images: National Guardsmen seen sleeping on Capitol grounds while cradling their rifles. The scene captured by Newsy reporter Nathaniel Reed/REED: Were in the Capitol visitors center right now, which is typically where people line up for tours. But right now its filled with members of the Army National Guard who are all on order to … protect the Capitol after last weeks riots here. This is the hall where people typically go to visit Congress. And as you can see, hundreds of members of the Army National Guard as protection efforts on the Capitol are underway. Those service members had been on a shift for approximately 16 hours. When we’re carrying an arm, it’s critical that we maintain control of that arm arm at all times, even if we are napping. And that’s the easiest way, because it’ll wake you up if someone’s taking your weapon, Joint Force Headquarters Command Sgt. Maj. Michael F. Brooks told Newsy. The decision to arm the National Guard came hours before the House began debating the second impeachment of President Trump. When we’re asked to be armed, we’re armed. And the Army leadership, the secretary of defense and the secretary of the Army authorized the District of Columbia National Guard to be armed. In fact, all the National Guard that supporting the District of Columbia National Guard will be armed, especially around the Capitol, Joint Force Headquarters Commanding Maj. Gen. William J. Walker said.  [full article]

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