Gun-Toting Citizens Guarding Military Recruiters
It’s ridiculous that members of the military can’t be armed, but any American who is eligible to get a gun can stand guard to protect them.
The citizens, some of them private militia members, said they’re supporting the recruiters, who by military directive are not armed.
“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 center on the west side of Columbus. “What the government won’t do, we will do.”
Similar posts have been set up outside recruitment centers in several cities around the country, from Spanaway, Washington, to Hiram, Georgia. Other sites are in Madison, Wisconsin; McAllen, Texas; Auburn Hills, Michigan; Phoenix; and several locations in Tennessee, including Murfreesboro.
There’s no evidence that such centers are in danger, and the government isn’t changing how they’re staffed, although some governors have temporarily moved National Guard recruiting centers to armories and several — including Ohio’s John Kasich on Wednesday — have authorized Guard personnel to carry weapons at state facilities.