The day after the murder of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two military recruiting offices in Chattanooga, armed citizens stepped forward to protect military recruiters in Georgia and Virginia.
In Winchester, Va., Friday morning, a man stood guard outside a military recruiter armed with his AR-15 rifle. “I went into each office, the ones that were open, and I was received with handshakes and thank you’s,” he told the Washington Times. In Hiram, Ga., about 30 people showed up Friday morning, many carrying their personal firearms, to protect the local recruiting office.
Meanwhile, the governors of six states have ordered the arming of full-time National Guardsmen to help deter and defend recruiters against similar attacks. So far, however, the Obama administration has refused to allow military recruiting personnel to be armed and even told Marine recruiters not to wear uniforms in public.