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Martial Law, Riots & Riot Control

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Martial Law, Riots & Riot Control

We get many questions on the topic of martial law, but we urge you to think the process through a little bit before believing that it could be implemented nationally. First of all, consider that the American military is comprised of around a million or so troops. Add on another million or so first responders such as firefighters and police, and you arrive at approximately two million people able to enact martial law – against a population of three hundred million.

Numerically, martial law on a national scale remains an unlikely and untenable event. It’s far more feasible to take 100,000 troops and blockade a city of, say 700,000 persons. This ratio is fairly reasonable – but to expect to fully control the vast plains of the United States, her majestic swaths of millions of acres of deserts, mountains, forests and marshlands is patently ludicrous. Not even with the use of modern technology such as drones and satellites can such a vast population in a gigantic territory be controlled.

So how is such a concept expected to be enforced then? The simple fact is, most people will enter into such bondage willingly. America is comprised mainly of law abiding individuals who will simply do as they are told, because it’s the right thing to do. If you want our opinion, however, here it is; the concept of martial law, military rule, and the suspension of habeas corpus is perfectly valid for city and even county sized populations.

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