Two members of the Wisconsin legislature Monday called for mining company Gogebic Taconic to remove the heavily armed guards securing the premises of the company's site in the northern part of the state, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
The guards, who are reportedly wearing masks and camouflage and carrying semi-automatic rifles, work for Bulletproof Securities, according to Sen. Bob Jauch (D), one of the politicians who wrote the letter to the mining company's president asking for the guards' removal. Bulletproof Securities is a self-described "no compromise" Arizona-based security company.
"I'm appalled. There is no evidence to justify their presence," Jauch told the State Journal. "What would you use those weapons for except to hurt somebody?"
Pictures and reports of these guards appeared on anti-mining blogs over the weekend.