National guard are the organization who I'd think would handle a call for a state of emergency. I'm not sure if Iowa has in their books a law against confiscation of firearms during a state of emergency. I think the training would be overall good.
Scenario in my mind, bad terrorist weapons dealer arms people to overthrow the government in to anarchy, NG moves in and puts a stop to it.
Scenario in my mind--they can classify any gun owner as a "weapons dealer", and as for terrorism...that is all semantics. For example, when the Russians were in Afghanistan and we were arming the Afghans--they were "freedom fighters", but now they are terrorists--this comes down to the old adage that "the enemy of your enemy is your friend"...To the Germans, the French underground were terrorists, to the British the American colonials were terrorists..it is all semantics, written from the viewpoint of the nation involved at the time...
I don't think the training was meant to be of anti-firearm in nature.
Don't kid yourself--this "exercise" has been happening in other areas. They are getting the people used to the idea of the military on the streets, and slowly into accepting the idea that we should just let them in to search whenever and whereever they feel like.
Also, tbh, this has to do more with psychological training as well not only for the NG but for the people as well. They want to see how people will react, and Arcadia is a town under 500.
I would hope they would be upset and totally unwilling to accept or participate in this "event"
Would you rather have an accidental/negligent discharge from a guardsman made out of fear?
I would rather the NG not be on the streets except under a full declaration of martial law, but by that time Posse Comitatus has been suspended as well as the all Constitutional protections--and hence a military junta where we could be detained indefinitely, thrown into a military brig, tried without our Constitutional protections, and subjected to military justice and just done away with and that would be that.
The same reason many people on this forum enroll in tactical training using carbine, self defense, etc. We all have a right to make sure we are safe, as does the government needs to make sure they're acted properly.
They have access to the necessary training to make sure they act properly--it is called the Constitution of the United States
We the people do indeed have a need to make sure we are trained properly--hence the carbine and tactical courses that many enroll in. I think everyone should enroll in these courses.
I know I have overly simplified things, but nothing like this is done without an ulterior motive behind it. Don't simply trust the official statements....there is an old saying that goes "I have heard the official story, now tell me the truth"...