Civilians stand guard over soldiers at recruitment centers

An unnamed civilian stands guards outside of a Virginia Recruitment Center armed and ready to protect those inside if necessary. Screen shot from video.

After Thursday’s attack at two military installments in Chattanooga, Tennessee, many are scrutinizing the policy prohibiting servicemen and women from carrying weapons while on military bases and in recruiting centers.

In a show of solidarity, many civilians are taking it upon themselves to stand guard outside military recruiting centers. In one such case, reported by Fox 5 News Washington, DC, a man stood outside of a recruitment center in Winchester, Virginia with his AR-15. Although he did not have immediate concerns for the safety of that specific office, he stood guard in order to make a statement and show support for the men and women inside who remained unarmed.

An unnamed civilian stands guards outside of a Virginia Recruitment Center armed and ready to protect those inside if necessary. Screen shot from video.
An unnamed civilian stands guards outside of a Virginia Recruitment Center armed and ready to protect those inside if necessary. Screen shot from video.

“People need to call their congressman, they need to call their senators and they need to change these laws that are on the books so these guys can protect themselves so a regular old citizen doesn’t have to go out and do it,” he told Fox 5 News. “The police already came by and checked me out, cleared my guns, doing their duty,” he stated. “It was all good.”

“We need to know what our rights are and not let anyone take them away,” said the civilian guarding the Winchester recruiting center. “Too [many] people died for these freedoms. I’ve never been in the military. I never served as law enforcement, but I certainly am grateful for those men and women who have died in past to secure those freedoms.”

The state of Virginia allows open carry of weapons without a permit.

According to ABC News 13 Roanoke, Virginia, US military officials are still reviewing security measures in an effort to decide whether or not other branches’ recruitment centers need security guards or increased protection.

Florida Governor Rick Scott released an executive order instructing the Florida adjunct general to take immediate actions to secure Florida Guardsmen on Saturday.  The order was issued to protect Florida National Guard personnel that work in recruiting centers in the wake of the Tennessee shooting where five military members were murdered. The governor’s executive order directs Florida Adjunct General Michael Calhoun to take three immediate actions: Relocate all Florida National Guard personnel at the state’s six storefront recruitment centers to the nearest Florida National Guard Armory until there are recommendations made to improve the security of store-front recruitment centers. Begin discussions with local law enforcement agencies to arrange regular security checks for Florida National Guard ArmoriesEnsure that all qualified full-time guardsmen are adequately armed for their personal protection.
Florida Governor Rick Scott released an executive order instructing the Florida adjunct general to take immediate actions to secure Florida Guardsmen on Saturday. The order was issued to protect Florida National Guard personnel that work in recruiting centers in the wake of the Tennessee shooting where five military members were murdered. The governor’s executive order directs Florida Adjunct General Michael Calhoun to take three immediate actions: Relocate all Florida National Guard personnel at the state’s six storefront recruitment centers to the nearest Florida National Guard Armory until there are recommendations made to improve the security of store-front recruitment centers. Begin discussions with local law enforcement agencies to arrange regular security checks for Florida National Guard Armories and Ensure that all qualified full-time guardsmen are adequately armed for their personal protection. Screen shot from video above.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida Governor Rick Scott has gone so far as to relocate all recruiters across the state to armories. On Saturday, he issued an executive order moving Florida National Guard recruiters from six storefront locations to armories until officials can evaluate the security of the locations.

“We’ve got to understand that you know we have people in our country that want to harm the military,” Governor Scott said. “They need to be safe and they need to be armed.”

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