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Feb 18

Ohio National Guard portrayed gun rights supporters as domestic terrorists during drill

Questions are being raised about the Ohio National Guard after internal documents revealed that the agency conducted a training drill last year in which Second Amendment advocates were portrayed as domestic terrorists.

WSAZ News reported out of Portsmouth, Ohio early last year that a mock disaster had been staged in order to see first responders from Scioto County and the Ohio Army National Guard’s Fifty-Second Civil Support Unit would react to a make-believe scenario in which school officials plotted to use chemical, biological and radiological agents against members of the community.

“It’s the reality of the world we live in,” Portsmouth Police Chief Bill Raisin told the network last January. “Don’t forget there is such a thing as domestic terrorism. This helps us all be prepared.”

This week, though, the website MediaTrackers published documents pertaining to that drill, and with it they’ve raised concerns regarding how gun rights activists were depicted.

 

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