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.