armed citizens guarding recruiters

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gun-toting Americans are showing up at U.S. military recruiting centres around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The citizens said they're supporting the recruiters, who by military directive are not armed. Only law enforcement or military police can have weapons on federal property, which includes recruiting centres.

"We're here to serve and protect," Clint Janney said Tuesday, wearing a Taurus 9mm handgun as he stood in a parking lot across from a recruiting centre in Columbus. "What the government won't do, we will do."

Similar posts have been set up outside recruitment centres in several other cities, including Madison, Wisconsin; Hiram, Georgia; Phoenix; and several sites in Tennessee, including Murfreesboro.

There's no evidence that such centres are in danger, and the government isn't changing how they're staffed, although some governors have temporarily moved National Guard recruiting centres to armouries and several have authorized Guard personnel to carry weapons at state facilities.

Janney, 38, who runs his own garage door company, is a member of the Ohio branch of the "3 Per cent Irregulars" militia. He was joined by four other members of the militia. In Ohio and many other U.S. states, it is legal to carry an openly displayed handgun or rifle.

The men sat in lawn chairs, occasionally dipping into a cooler for bottles of water, or stood around talking. Some people came by to thank them; others didn't seem aware of their presence.

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said as long as the owner of the plaza didn't ask them to leave, the men were not violating any laws.

Employees of a medical supply centre next door to the recruiting centre said they understood the volunteers' intentions but weren't thrilled about their presence. Customers thought professional security guards would be better.

"They could just go crazy with the shooting. You just don't know their state of mind," said Kimm McLaughlin, 44.

On Tuesday, the founder and president of Oath Keepers, a Las Vegas-based Constitution activist group, issued a national call to members to guard centres. Many were already guarding centres in Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, president Stewart Rhodes said.

Rhodes said it's "absolutely insane" that recruiters aren't allowed to be armed.

"They're sitting ducks," Rhodes said Tuesday. "They'd be better off if they were walking down the streets of Baghdad, because at least in Baghdad, they could move. Here, they're stationary."

Capt. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps public affairs officer for the recruiting district that includes parts of seven Midwestern states, said he hopes the gun-toting civilians will go home.

"While we greatly appreciate the support of the American public during this tragedy, we ask that citizens do not stand guard at our recruiting offices," Stenger said in a statement.

U.S. Army Recruiting Command spokesman Brian Lepley said, while tragic, deadly incidents have happened only twice in six years at recruiting centres: in Chattanooga last week, and in Little Rock in 2009 in a shooting that killed one solider and injured another.

"Recruiting stations need to be out in the public; we need to be out where young people are," Lepley said. Most recruiters are Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, well trained in dealing with shooters, he added.

A group of veterans and their supporters began guarding a Navy-Marine recruiting station in Madison, Wisconsin.

"Just civic pride," said David Walters, a 30-year-old Army veteran. "It's good to show that people can still come together."

In Hiram, Georgia, five people stood outside a recruiting office Friday with their personal firearms as a show of support. They had a pop-up tent, a few lawn chairs and American flags, Police Chief Todd Vande Zande said.

"If it makes them feel better as American citizens and they're not doing anything illegal, then I'm all for it," he said.



Jerry Blakeney stands guard with other members of Operation Hero Guard outside a U.S. military recruiting station in Cleburne, Texas, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn.

I before blind hate from liberals. Phone Post 3.0

Pathetic when you need civilians to stand up and guard the "armed forces" recruitment centers. Phone Post 3.0

How dare they not let soldier protect themselves on base! Fucking Obama!














J.K it was George H.W. Bush

AlbertEinstein - Pathetic when you need civilians to stand up and guard the "armed forces" recruitment centers. Phone Post 3.0
This. Phone Post 3.0

I thought it was Clinton actually (not like they're any different)

and it's not on base Phone Post 3.0

AlbertEinstein - I thought it was Clinton actually (not like they're any different)

and it's not on base Phone Post 3.0

http://www.snopes.com/Politics/clintons/baseguns.asp

The point is these recruiters are sitting in offices in strip malls not at bases or forts.

Is snopes the ultimate arbiter of truth? Phone Post 3.0

It doesn't even matter. Clinton and Bush are longtime friends working for the same agenda. They're two sides of the same coin. Phone Post 3.0

Yossarian - 
AlbertEinstein - Pathetic when you need civilians to stand up and guard the "armed forces" recruitment centers. Phone Post 3.0
This. Phone Post 3.0

Not really you don't want the armed forces to gain the right to carry weapons. That will be the beginning of the Tea Party and militia men hysteria come to actual life.

It's not going to take 13 years for another attack. The criminals in our government have been arming ISIS for a while and letting these idiots in the country. They're counting on more attacks. We still have too much freedom they need to take away and they will need an excuse for the economy when it all comes tumbling down.

Oh we were just about to raise interest rates but isis ! We have to keep the free money flowing now so the ultra rich Warren Buffet types can continue the leveraged buyout of all of America. Phone Post 3.0

AlbertEinstein - Is snopes the ultimate arbiter of truth? Phone Post 3.0
No. On most things they are reliable. But anything that has to do with politics they are very bias. Phone Post 3.0

It's not like they're going to actually admit all their economic policies have been failures. They need a scapegoat. Phone Post 3.0

Kind of an afterthought here: The military bases I have been on Great Lakes, Norfolk, Ft. Jackson are all located in seedy areas. I have always been concerned about what happens to me when I leave base.