Things have degenerated to a sorry state when civil officials deem it necessary to call out the National Guard to fight crime … as did Jackson Mayor Frank Melton …last week.
Down in New Orleans, where the crime rate dropped significantly after Hurricane Katrina because most of the criminals eventually left town, the governor of Louisiana did go along with Mayor Ray Nagin's proposal to assign National Guard troops and state police to the city after a multiple murders indicated New Orleans was returning to its old ways.
Still, calling out military troops to maintain civil order is discomforting. It smacks of anarchy followed by a police state. At best, it is a stop-gap measure to enable officials to get a handle on curbing the crime rate.