Only a bit more than a week after the barbaric shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn., U.S. military leadership has moved on to a different “threat” — ordinary citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights trying to defend servicemen in recruiting centers.
All across the nation, from Idaho to Georgia, groups of citizens have come out to defend the men and women of our armed forces at these recruitment centers. Those who have volunteered say that the fact that these centers are gun-free zones means that our soldiers in uniform can’t protect themselves.
Tim Keown, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, has been part of a group standing guard outside of a recruitment center in Kentucky. He helped put together the small group of armed citizens, as well as other groups protecting recruitment centers across the country.
As Keown sees it, if not them, whom?
“If our government is not going to protect these men and women, who is?” Keown told reporters. “Who’s going to protect these gentlemen and women if we don’t?… All I’m asking is why can’t recruiters arm themselves and protect themselves?”
The Army, however, views citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights to protect our soldiers as a threat (H/T Gateway Pundit).
“Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened,” U.S. Army Recruiting Command said in a policy letter.
“If questioned by these alleged concerned citizens, be polite, professional and terminate the conversation immediately and report the incident to local law enforcement … Ensure your recruiters clearly articulate to local police the civilian may be armed and in possession of a conceal/carry permit.”
It’s a sad day in America when our president and law enforcement can’t call the Chattanooga attack a terrorist shooting, but our Army can definitively call citizens legally exercising their rights a threat.
It’s time that changed.
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