Armed citizens stand guard at military recruitment centers

Jennifer Cruz for reports:

Following an attack at a recruiting centerand reserve station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week that left five people dead, residents across the country are taking it upon themselves to do what they can to protect the servicemen and women working at these facilities.

Although federal law prohibits the carrying of firearms on military installations and state facilities, at least half a dozen governors issued executive orders over the weekend authorizing select members of their state National Guard to carry weapons as a means of protection for themselves and others working at the facilities. But some citizens simply aren’t waiting for those orders to take effect before taking action.

When Crystal Tewellow organized a watch at a recruiting office in Hiram, Georgia, a day after the attack, about 30 people answered the call, with more participating each day.

“To think the people who are supposed to protect and serve us are unable to protect and serve… protect themselves,” Tewellow, whose son recently enlisted in the army, told a local Fox affiliate. “So if us, the citizens, who carry permits, are able to help protect them, that’s what we’re gonna be able to do.”

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