Plugged In: After Tennessee shootings, armed citizens guard recruiters

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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, Tennessee.

The citizens, some of them private militia members, say they’re supporting the recruiters who by military directive are not armed.

Wearing a Taurus 9mm handgun outside a Columbus, Ohio, recruiting center, Clint Janney said Tuesday he’s doing what the government won’t.

Similar posts have been set up outside recruitment centers in Madison, Wisconsin; Hiram, Georgia; and several sites in Tennessee.

Brian Lepley, spokesman for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, says the office doesn’t have a position on the actions as long as people aren’t disrupting the recruiting centers.