National Guard Steps Into the Gap

National Guard Steps Into the Gap

( – Some governors around the country are issuing stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, not everyone’s abiding by the rules. Now, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is saying governors can use National Guard troops to force people to stay in their homes.

A stay-at-home order basically means people can only leave their homes if the activity is “essential.” For example, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) posted his state’s guidelines on Twitter.

During a recent interview, Secretary Esper said governors can use guardsmen to keep people in their homes. It’s understandable that the government wants people to stay inside.

The idea that military members would force Americans to comply with orders, not laws, may be a bridge too far for many citizens.

Americans value their freedom above all else. From the start of the pandemic, many people expressed concern that the government would resort to martial law. Esper’s statement makes that threat even more palpable.

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