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Governor Asa Hutchinson Gives the OK to Arm Full-Time Military Personnel

'In response to the Chattanooga shootings, I have directed General Berry to arm full-time military personnel,' wrote              Governor Asa Hutchinson. (Image: Governor Asa Hutchinson/Facebook)
'In response to the Chattanooga shootings, I have directed General Berry to arm full-time military personnel,' wrote Governor Asa Hutchinson. (Image: Governor Asa Hutchinson/Facebook)

After the shootings of military personal at the Navy and Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Governor Asa Hutchinson has released a press statement that states: “In the wake of the shootings Thursday at the Navy and Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Governor Asa Hutchinson has authorized Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General Mark Berry to arm full-time military personnel.”

In addition, the Governor has issued a proclamation ordering the state flag of Arkansas to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, July 20, 2015 as a mark of respect, and as an expression of public sorrow for the four Marines killed, including Arkansas native Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville.

Governor Hutchinson released the followings statement: “Our hearts break at the news of another senseless act of violence and terror, this time out of Chattanooga,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Our prayers go out to all the families of the victims, especially the family of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville, one of Arkansas’s own.

“I want to join in those who are calling for greater security at our recruiting stations and military installations. We’ve had numerous instances of attacks. Clearly they are a target, and for us to have unarmed military personnel makes no sense, which is why I am directing Major General Mark Berry to arm full-time personnel as he deems necessary at military installations.”

He has made the announcement on his Facebook account as well:

Governor Asa Hutchinson

On Governor Asa Hutchinson Facebook page, there are a lot of supporters:

Governor Asa Hutchinson

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