This preview shows page 594 - 596 out of 611 pages.
What if the attacking groups had a hundred men or more? A forty man RRT made up of poorly trained individuals wouldn’t have a chance against an army like that. They are too small and too slow to be effective against more than a handful of bad guys. Most importantly, the last thing we need is to have forty of our own citizens killed because they were overwhelmed by a superior force or because they weren’t trained or equipped to deal with the threat. We need the National Guard to deal with threats like that. And any small sacrifices and inconveniences we have to make to theNational Guard and FEMA are worth our safety!” Over half of the crowd was applauding. Mark was hot, not so much that many of the listeners were agreeing with Bar-ney, but that he was ﬂat lying through his teeth. Hopefully, Rob would set the record straight.“Your turn, Mr. Bowers,” the judge said. “Thank you, Judge. I believe that we already have a system set up to deal with this issue. Unfortunately, Deputy Barneshas seen fit to hamstring and belittle the efforts of so many of our citizens and especially the hard work of our late sher-
Lights Out by HalfFast --- Page 595iff. Sheriff Thompson, along with help from others, myself included, trained the two Rapid Response Teams to be ableto meet this kind of trouble head on. The RRT’s have been professionally trained by law enforcement professionals andby men who spent their entire careers defending this nation in our armed forces. These are men who have volunteeredto put their lives on the line for their neighbors and friends. To imply that they are just a bunch of half-cocked farmers with pitchforks is reprehensible. Deputy Barnes took it upon himself to take the keys to the buses that serve as trans-portation for the RRT’s and lock up some of the most effective weapons that they use. If the team was slow to react lastnight, it is because Greg Hardy, the team leader, had to chase him down to get the keys. Then when they got to whereDeputy Barnes was supposed to be, he wasn’t there and they ended up having to hotwire the bus and go without the automatic riﬂes. Saying that the RRT’s can’t handle a large group is not true. In the attack on Silver Hills that DeputyBarnes spoke of, the twenty man gang that the RRT mopped up was just a diversion. On the other side of the subdivi-sion, a group of at least one hundred men attacked and were turned back by a small group of twelve highly motivated residents. I’m sure that some of you have heard the same stories I have about how bravely they fought. I say if twelve can beat a hundred, then a well trained forty man RRT can defend anything a National Guard company can.”There was some applause and cheering from a few of the people. What they lacked in numbers, they made up for inenthusiasm.