As recently as a year ago, a Georgia Congressman was openly wondering whether it was necessary to mobilize National Guard troops at major sporting events, specifically referencing the Boston Marathon, according to Politico.
During a House Appropriations Committee hearing last March, of which the topic was National Guard funding, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., urged leaders to not dispatch members of the force to patrol the annual road race.
"The Boston Marathon, we got to take a pass," Kingston said.
Kingston defended his comments to Politico on Tuesday, saying that he was specifically referencing National Guard members who were brought into events like the marathon from other states.
Three people were killed and more than 170 injured Monday when two bombs went off along the final mile of the Boston Marathon. More than 450 Massachusetts National Guard members were on duty at the time of the blasts.
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