This sums up what’s happening:
Left-leaning politicians and pundits expressed alarm Friday after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed the creation of a "State Guard," a civilian-military force that he would control to assist with what his office described as "state-specific emergencies."
There’s some highlighted examples in the article of “blue checks” freaking out. Their outrage is purely to try and paint a false image that it’s some right-wing military force that can act as the SA for DeSantis or something and it’s laughable. Even blue Democrat strongholds like Illinois have a state guard and it’s the same thing as DeSantis is talking about:
(20 ILCS 1815/Pt. I heading)PART I GENERAL PROVISIONS (Source: P.A. 100-1030, eff. 8-22-18.)
(20 ILCS 1815/1-1) (from Ch. 129, par. 228h) Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois State Guard Act. (Source: P.A. 100-1030, eff. 8-22-18.)
(20 ILCS 1815/1-5) Sec. 1-5. Establishment and purpose. (a) This Act establishes the Illinois State Guard ("the State Guard"). The State Guard is the State's non-federally recognized military force which may be composed of members of the Unorganized Militia who are 18 through 45 years of age, and those persons who are 45 through 65 years of age as determined necessary by the Governor. (b) The Governor is the Commander-in-Chief of the State Guard. The Adjutant General is the Commander of the State Guard. As directed by the Adjutant General, the Department of Military Affairs shall administer the State Guard. (c) The purpose of the State Guard is to provide the State a capable military force when all or part of the Illinois National Guard is not available for State service due to its possible or actual mobilization into federal service by the President of the United States.
Just stop with the faux outrage already, neoliberals. It’s literally not a big deal. However, if anti-gunners ever use the “right to bear arms only applies to the militia“ argument, the unorganized militia is everyone who’s of age and able bodied, so maybe that’s one reason they’re freaking out too. Oh darn....