After four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were shot down at their military recruitment center, questions are being asked whether there should be a review of the “gun free zones” law. This means the military in these zones are not allowed to carry their weapons.
Now, civilians have been showing up at the military recruitment center to provide security for military personal.
Many people were unaware that the “gun free zones” law existed.
One person, who wished to stay anonymous for obvious reasons, spent his day off to provide security for a recruitment center in Winchester, Virginia. He said to Fox 5 that he wasn’t worried about another attack like Chattanooga; he just wanted to make a statement.
“People need to call their congressman, they need to call their senators, and they need to change these laws that are on the books so these guys can protect themselves so a regular old citizen doesn’t have to go out and do it, he told Fox. He said when he heard about the four Marines killed by a terrorist in Tennessee, he thought: “Here we go again.”
“It’s fundamental Muslim extremism; they declared war on us, and we seem to not put it in perspective and realizing that the war is here.”
The military is grateful for the symbolic support, with even the wives thanking him.
“I went into each office, the ones that were open, and I was received with handshakes and thank yous,” he said. “They constantly came by, and not only them, but their wives came by in tears thanking me for just being out here. They baked cookies for me and brought lunch by.”
He is able to stand guard because you don’t need a permit to openly carry a gun in Virginia.
“The police already came by and checked me out, cleared my guns, doing their duty,” said the man. “It was all good.”
Officials—4 marines dead, 1 officer shot, gunman dead:
According to Fox: “We went to two other Virginia Marine recruiting centers and found no change in security since the Chattanooga shootings. A Marine recruiting center in Chantilly was shot at through the windows one night back in 2010. No one was injured. It was not open when we got there on Friday. It sits openly on a strip mall just like the one in Chattanooga. But the two warning signs on the door showed the conflict the military faces now.”
“We need to know what our rights are and not let anyone take them away,” said the man in front of the Winchester recruiting center. “Two people died for these freedoms. I’ve never been in the military. I never served as law enforcement, but I certainly am grateful for those men and women who have died in past to secure those freedoms.”
What do you think—should our military recruitment centers be armed?