Across the country, armed militias have decided to guard U.S. military recruitment centers because of the recent shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee (video below).
U.S. military personnel are not permitted to be armed at these centers, so pro-gun private citizens stepped in, even against the wishes of the U.S. military.
Shaun Raines has been standing guard outside a recruitment center in Savannah, Georgia, armed with a rifle and handgun.
Raines has a conceal carry permit that covers him legally, but a recruiting official said there is “always some concern about safety for our soldiers and civilians when someone is walking around with weapons,” notes WFLA.
Raines, a member of the Oath Keepers, claims all of the recruiters support his unsolicited security.
The Oath Keepers is a group that has stated its willingness to disobey laws to follow what it believes is the U.S. Constitution.
In Tyler, Texas, members of an armed militia group have been standing guard outside several recruiting offices.
“They cannot arm themselves to protect themselves,” Jerry Pleasant, commander of the 423rd Texas Light Foot Militia, told KLTV. “As a citizen soldier and the member of the militia, I have the right to do that.”
The local Marine Corps headquarters said it appreciates the concern of citizens, but asked that people not stand guard outside its recruitment offices.
In Charleston, West Virginia, the police were called in response to a report of a man with an AR-15 outside a Marine recruiting office that he claimed to be guarding, WCHS-TV reports.
Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers, told The Columbus Dispatch via email that he has called on his members across the country to stand guard at every recruiting center.