An unidentified man in Virginia decided to stand guard outside of a military recruitment center in response to the murder of five Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The revelation that the Marines killed in Chattanooga were unarmed prompted many to question whether those in the military should be allowed to carry guns despite being in gun-free zones. The unidentified man in Winchester, Virginia, ultimately decided that because Marines were unable to protect themselves against potential violence, he would take it upon himself to protect them. At 8 a.m. on Friday morning, the man began standing guard outside of the local military recruitment center. He stayed there all day.
“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 said. The man also expressed his anger toward the horrific events that unfolded in Chattanooga.
“It’s fundamental Muslim extremism,” he said of the attack. “They declared war on us and we seem to not put it in perspective and realizing that the war is here.”
The military, according to the man, was grateful for his show of support throughout the day.
“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.”
While he never served in the military himself, the man said he’s thankful for those that have and grateful for the sacrifice of those who have died to protect the country.
“We need to know what our rights are and not let anyone take them away,” he said. “There are too many people who died for these freedoms.”