I realize your point however there’s a LOT of dangerous stuff happening on the border these days; kidnappings, Mexican choppers flying in and shooting at BP Agents, vehicle pursuits, firefights, etc., which to me seems enough like a regular combat zone to warrant some sort of reasonable weapons policy. I’m sure a lot of things happen that have been kept from the public since 2008 and we know that Annointed One will never claim invasion and send the regular army there. Since the Governor sent troops there it seems to me the NG troops could at least be allowed some sort of self-defense. It would not be hard to believe hearing that one or more of them got killed or kidnapped from their hotel, etc., in one of the border towns.
Many of them cried; "Me no Alamo - Me no Goliad" and for most of them these were the last words they spoke.