Skip to comments.FL: Military Lawyer Misspoke on Concealed Carry Reform
Posted on 04/02/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT by marktwain
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One of the last times people would want to be disarmed is during a widespread emergency, where responders are spread thinly and people may be forced to move from the safety of their home and neighborhood.
Capt. Terrence Gorman is not authorized to speak for the Department of Military Affairs on legislative issues, Titshaw wrote on March 20. Department of Military Affairs supports Senate Bill 296.It is a not unusual for junior officers to be reminded who makes policy, and who does not. There is often a fine line, and an officer can act in good faith, and simply wander into areas where he should have been more careful. That seems to be the case here:
As the questioning proceeded, the perception could have been that he was in opposition of the bill, Titshaw added.The question goes to the heart of who is in charge, government agents, or the citizens. Government is there to assist citizens in maintaining order and the common defense. There are numerous cases where armed citizens formed impromptu militias and restored order in emergency situation. There are numerous cases where military forces abused disarmed civilians.
Governor Scott and Major General Titshaw are on the correct side of this issue. Yes, armed citizens may complicate a soldiers life a little bit. But soldiers are there to assist citizens. Citizens are ultimately their bosses. It is an important fact that every officer is schooled in. This proposed Florida law emphasizes the point, as it should.
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But what did he actually SAY?
I believe he said that the bill create concerns for military troops, because they would have to deal with armed people that did not have training.
“gerneral counsel” should be “general counsel”
It was essentialy “blood in the streets” if we let citizens have guns, but more watered down lawyered up.
They must’ve been scraping the bottom of the barrel for Captain anybody to be testifying at such a hearing. There’s bound to be a full Colonel JAG at the top of the JAG pyramid in the FL Guard.
“Theres bound to be a full Colonel JAG at the top of the JAG pyramid in the FL Guard.”
You would think so, but the source says he is the general counsel.
Two stars smacks down two bars, and rightly so in this case.
I think more is needed. The common law authority of posse comitatus (not the act), in which a county Sheriff can “conscript” (armed) citizens “of good character”, “in keeping the peace or to pursue and arrest a felon”, could be of immense value following a disaster.
A Katrina-type hurricane would be a good example. Say a lot of homes had been destroyed or damaged, emergency services do not have free access, there is a strong possibility of looting and robbery, etc.
A deputy would arrive on scene to see a bunch of armed people standing about. He does not see them as a threat, but as an asset. “What are you doing?”, he asks. “Watching over what’s left of our homes”, one of them replies.
“Does anyone have ID that shows you live here?”, and two or three put up their hands, and shows him their ID. “And can you vouch for the other people here?”, and they answer yes.
“Then by the authority of Sheriff... I deputize you all, and will give you a walkie-talkie to communicate with the Sheriff’s office on freq (...) Your instructions are to continue to safeguard your property and the property of your neighbors, and this area will be marked as under your control. Contact the Sheriff’s office to arrange for water, food, temporary shelter, and further instructions.”
Seems like a good idea to me.
Why don’t they issue everyone duty weapons who is psychologically stable, and be done? It is a military base, we trust them with guns on tour!
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