Placed in Harm’s Way, Unarmed


Placed in Harm’s Way, Unarmed

Ft Collins, CO –-( Our “Unarmed Forces”.

When a Marine Rifleman, of any rank, painstakingly trained in the Art of Combat Marksmanship, starts believing and spouting anti-gun drivel, it is a yet another sign that this Civilization is in serious decline.

Secretary Mattis said last week:

“Most active-duty troops along our border do not carry firearms.

When they were tasked with protecting CBP (Customs/Border Protection), they will probably use shields and batons.”

“Shields and batons?”

Our glorious US Troops “protect” our borders with shields and batons? Once again, what is most disturbing is this conspicuous, and all-consuming, lack of trust in our magnificent troopers.

We have been long-assured, ad nauseam, that these troopers have received, at extravagant expense, the best weapons training in the world. Accordingly, they can competently go armed anywhere, we’re told.

But obviously, from Mattis on down, no one really believes that.

The uncomfortable truth is: They are all afraid of guns. Even our officers and staff NCOs are deployed, placed in harm’s way, unarmed. They don’t even carry pistols.

A disgrace, and an extremely dangerous one.

“When you cannot get a loaded gun in your hands within five seconds of perceiving a deadly threat, you’re submerged in self-deception, and the fact that you have a gun ‘somewhere in your life’ is probably meaningless and irrelevant.

The first five seconds are more important than the next five hours.

All our training revolves around those critical “first five seconds.” ~ Farnam


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Roy D.

I remember that 45 years ago the barracks “Charge of Quarters” NCO had a 1911 on his hip at Basic Training at Fort Ord and again at my base in Germany. That’s just the way it was. I wonder if they still do.

Timothy Votaw

The troops on the current border assignment: Are they regular Army, or National Guard?


It is hard to believe they actually sent the troops to the border without guns. Maybe Mad Dog was not a good choice to oversee the military. I realize they are terrified of law suits and the left but it does not speak well for the troops if they think they can’t trust the troops to obey and respect the position of our government. Yes, they should defend our border but not with their pants down to their knees. With this attitude we are weaker than a kitten and couldn’t win a war if it was handed to us. It… Read more »

Marc DV.

Due to the Political Climate Today ! Any Accidental or Other , Shooting By Our Military at the Border would Bring Total Kaos . Our Military are Trained in Hand to Hand Combat ! Well ready , for Defence against Someone with a Knife or other non- firearm . Shields and Batons are the Right Tools for the Job at Hand ! If Firearms become Necessary at some point They will be at Hand, and Ready ( Locked & Loaded ) to Defend Our Borders ! Give Our Troops some Respect ! THEIR NOT MURDERERS ! They will not Open… Read more »

Jim Hovater

Did you find a sale on ‘exclamation marks’?


Ues!! He DId !!! Got them the same place I did!!! And he used them to good advantage!!!!

How’s about YOU????

Jim Hovater

Just a curious old LEO, here. Myself? I NEVER ‘went into Harm’s way’ without adequate tools for the job.

Dr. Strangelove

Unfortunately, we live in an age where proper punctuation, spelling and grammar have been lost by many.


Oldmarine >>> Dr. Strangelove Unfortunately that is true but if you travel the world and get away from limited thinking you will find that communications doesn’t require any of that. It is good to known about all the requirements if you wish to Document or Record things but for communications it is not a requirement. Just travel to another country and you will be amazed that communicating requires only verbal and sign language to communicate. Travel to another part of the US where dialects are in full force and you will have to improvise your communication skills requiring none of… Read more »


Soon we’ll see the all-transgender armored division……driving pink Prius and armed with magic wands and fairy dust


The author is completely wrong.
General Mattis is supporting the President in the best way possible.
The video of the caravan rushing the border and being dispersed with non lethal tear gas makes the presidents point against illegal immigration.
If our troops had shot any of these people, the left would have had a field day! There would be investigations, subpoena of troops, ets.
The optics would have been terrible.
Noe President Trump can take some military funds and start in on building the wall!

Clark Kent

Simple solution. If you are an illegal alien 200 meters from the U.S. border you get a cautionary round over your head. Within 100 meters you earn a shot to the torso. Post signs in Spanish and English advising same all along the border. If you ignore the signs then it is the fault of the illegal alien, not the military. Illegal aliens have to be STOPPED, NOW, regardless of the feelings of the left or the reporting by the corrupt mainstream media.

Mark Zanghetti

I am not sure that I agree with you, but it would solve the problem and is a more than proper way to repel an invasion. I will agree that we need to stop disarming our military. Every single member of the military (with the exception of Navy personnel not assigned to shore duty) should be issued appropriate firearms for his rank and duty station. They should also be authorized to carry them at all times while on duty. I know you didn’t say that but do you disagree?


Oldmarine >>> Clark Ken I see you have no experience at all with crowd control. In the 50’s I was Stationed in Japan and was trained in Baton use. I can take on any one NOT armed with a gun with shield and baton and take their name, even if the have a knife or club. You have no idea how good and effective a baton can be even against multiple attackers or animals. While in Japan I witnessed .the most effective crowd control method, that is water canon because you simply wash away the demonstrators. very effective against the… Read more »


The troops are merely a show for political points, not intended to impede the flow of illegals in any way.


He is referring to the personnel deployed to the southern U.S. border.


If you travel to a lot of these third world toilets, you will find the police are armed and the military is armed and these people will shoot you because they
are not that well trained or that smart. The only thing they know is kill first don’t worry about the questions.


TM’s comment above is I believe correct. Several hundred unarmed civilians rushing across the border certainly looks like a deadly threat to me, and would warrant a judicial use of force, even deadly force to protect our troops who belong where they are against civilian invaders (what else would you call them) who do not belong there. All this said, the real issue is the problem of granting asylum or visas to anyone we don’t want in our country. And why would we want these folks in our country. Whatever problems they have where they come from are not ours… Read more »

Allan Morrison

This is to TM. I am a veteran. I carried the M 14 many years ago. Your comment is spot on. A standing army in time of peace on US soil is anathema to our founders’ principles. Gen. Mathis is doing the correct thing. We may have a border conflict, but it is not war despite the overuse of this hyperbole. Lets not everyone jump on blah blah phobia as the reason for our warriors being unarmed in this situation.


Problematically for your argument, Allan, is the fact that those “civilians crossing the border” – who vastly outnumber the soldiers at any single location – launch dangerous objects (rocks, chunks of metal or concrete, etc.) at our soldiers… who have every right to defend themselves (and our country) from attacks. But our soldiers are denied the practical capability to effect that defense. An invasion force of 7,000 armed men [even simple blunt-force objects can, indeed, constitute the use of deadly force!] – who outnumber the horde’s women and children by 12 to 1 – assaults our country, its citizens, and… Read more »

Wild Bill

@JoeUS, Yep, we can win the battle by shooting every one of those unarmed, invading, sons of bitches, and then loose the war for the suburban moms’ votes.
The organizers are our real enemies. The pollos are just useful idiots. We need to eliminate our real enemies.


Agreed, sir! You are spot on.

Wild Bill

That stupid “auto correct” thing got me again. I’d like to identify the programer and deport him!

Joe Earl Williams

The political climate of today’s America is a mess. We have brothers against brothers. Our Military leaders are constantly undermining our President. This is primarily due to what people think is the “right” thing to do. We as a country seem to think that the rights of one are more important than the many. Our Congress and Senate have such a distaste, no a hate, for our President that they would cutoff their nose to spite their face. Our country is not necessarily in a spiral downward, but we are certainly spinning out of control. It seems that our leaders… Read more »


I agree 100%. Thank you for your CORRECT Observations. Obama, Clinton, and Schumer are left wing Marxists, and will NEVER get behind or support Trump, no matter what he does. He could cure cancer tomorrow, and they would say, SO WHAT, what about heart disease. They HATE HIM, PERIOD.

R. Kling

Between his love of trannies, to his disobedience to Trump’s order to deescalate Syria, to this bizarre fear of deploying U.S. troops to the U.S. border to actually defend the U.S. border, Matthis is making himself a disgrace.


While I typically agree with Farnham, I believe he is missing the point on this one. Mattis is not one to be swayed by political posturing when it comes to the well being of those under his command. He was not in favor of using troops to perform a domestic law enforcement function, i.e. patrolling the borders. He is also acutely aware of the limitations of the Posse Comitatus Act and to his credit as a career military man, is loathe to violate it. With an eye on potential (and likely) Congressional review of this use of the military on… Read more »


Great assessment and I agree. Too bad the governors of the border states cannot or will not call out their state guards to perform these duties.


I do not believe the troops would fire on unarmed people. Only if one believed their or someone else’s life were threatened. They are trained to know what to do. I don’t go anywhere unarmed, I don’t believe our US military should either.

Dave in Fairfax

That’s touching. They have in the past. Both in Washington, DC and on campuses. From what I’ve seen, many don’t understand the Oath they took.


They still have a right to defend themselves and guard the border. These kids volunteered for their service they are well trained so they should know what they are doing. So yeah I trust them to do the right thing. Give them their weapons and let them go to work. It is touching ain’t it.


Oldmarine >>> Hubcap The solution to the Border situation is Water Cannon trucks like the Japanese use. If you notice Japan controls riots and demonstrations with ease using them. I have witnessed that in Japan and it works better than anything, just washes away all problems in minutes. We were back-up with bayonets mounted and covered ready to do damage if needed but the Japanese cops with their water cannons cleared the streets of thousands in minutes. The Japanese preps usually lock arms a lot to make the demonstrations and riots a solid mass but Water Cannons solve that problem… Read more »


What is the difference in a bayonet and a firearm? Up close and personal or a little farther away? Give them their guns.


Posse Comitatus has nothing to do with defense of the border against foreigners. It is about use of the military for internal police functions, and specifically was enacted as a response to southern military occupation during the Reconstruction era.

Defense of the border is exactly what the military is for.

The issue here is one of politics, not law.

1776 Patriot

According to various sources, the Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law, the purpose of which is to limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies WITHIN the United States. I do not and NEVER have understood how anyone could ever contort and construe this law to curtail the use and capabilities of our Republic’s military forces, at the border, in defense of our country and national sovereignty. In other words, keep the guns pointed OUT across our border, against invaders. In support of this mission parameter, The War Powers… Read more »


This is a tough call for Mattis and Trump. Look at all the crap over using pepper spray, which was justified and BTW used by the Nobel Peace Prize “winner” Obama(nobody cared). However, how does Posse Comitatus apply to a border invasion. At some point lethal force will have to be used. A wall could prevent that. Also, the National Guard is not bound by Posse Comitatus at all.


Generally, I think TM explained it correctly. I will also add that our military is for engaging an armed enemy. The would be illegal aliens are indeed invaders of sorts, but not of the military engagement variety.
However, I have not heard from anyone else about using our troops in this way to protect the borders as being illegal.

Wild Bill

Proctor, The rule is obey your orders and question whether those orders were legal or not … later and in the proper forum. Thank God that our officers are intelligent, educated, well trained and have cool heads.


Oldmarine >>> Proctor
There is NOTHING illegal about defense.

Green Mtn. Boy

Leftism is a cancer that invades the whole body and kills it’s host.

Mark Zanghetti

Leftism is definitely trying to destroy this country, it is the greatest Democratic Republic ever created and I defy anyone to name a better one! You won’t be able to. I refer you to what I said above and the post above it talking about send a round over their heads at 200 meters. After further thinking I agree with Clark Kent about what is needed, our situation is getting dire and strong action to regain control of the border is needed. Next we need to take on Radical Leftism in all it’s forms. I love the United States of… Read more »

William Flatt

Kinda makes me think that nobody in DC, even the top brass in the ‘E’ ring at The Pentagon, really trusts the average American, whether civilian or military. No surprise there. No surprise at the idiocy, either.

Eddie benson

Look what happened to us in Beirut Lebanon in 83


Kind of reminds me of a trucker’s strike in the late 70’s. Gov. Fob James called out the National Guard to escort convoys across the state- Alabama- . I had joined after active duty and as prior service vet was one of the troops activated, Most of us showed up prepared at the local State Troopers hub as we thought we’d be riding with empty weapons for show. We were surprised and relieved when we were issued our weapons along with ammunition. To my knowledge no shots were fired by any Guard unit during the entire deployment.


I’m not sure which officers and staff NCO’s this author is referring to. I’ve been deployed four times to the middle East and I carried a weapon eveytime. Sometimes a rifle and a pistol depending what I was doing. And yes before you ask I was a “staff” officer for three of those four deployments. The only time I felt uncomfortable was when Iraqi and Afghan troops we were with carried weapons because you never knew when an insider attack would happen.