The Army Doesn’t Want Gun Nuts ‘Protecting’ Their Centers, Will Be Treated As ‘Security Threat’

After the horrific shooting deaths of four Marines and a navy Sailor while they were working at their respective armed services recruiting centers, many armed civilians have taken it upon themselves to “guard” the centers in their own towns.

These civilian “guards” have been seen at centers all over the country — from Washington to Georgia, Michigan to Texas, and from Phoenix to Tennessee, to name a few. They brought their guns, flack jackets and “combat” gear to protect the recruiters as they worked inside. They feel it is their duty as citizens to protect these servicemen and women. As of now, the recruiters are unarmed themselves. And many feel that this is a severe injustice to the recruiters and see the need to stand watch over them.

However, the United States Army feels very differently, and has just told their recruiters that they are to avoid any armed civilian standing out in front of the recruiting centers, treat them as a security threat and notify local law enforcement.

The Army Command Operations Center-Security Division sent out a letter stating:

“I’m sure the citizens mean well, but we cannot assume this in every case and we do not want to advocate this behavior… 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.”

In a letter to Stars and Stripes, the spokeswoman for Army Recruiting Command, Kelly Bland, said:

“Local communities can support our security by reporting suspicious activity, particularly around recruiting centers.”

The Army issued a statement saying:

“We are America’s Army and local communities can support our security by reporting suspicious activity, particularly around our recruiting centers; if you see something, say something.”

The Marine Corps issued a similar statement, saying:

“While we greatly appreciate the support of the public during this tragedy, we ask that citizens to [sic] not stand guard at our recruiting offices. Our continued public trust lies among our trained first responders for the safety of the communities where we live and work.”

Basically saying, let the actual “well regulated militia” and not the make believe, unregulated militia protect the community.

Of course, those who have been standing guard are outraged by these announcements. Second Amendment worshiping group Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes said:

“They can kiss my fucking ass. To regard a bunch of veterans as a security threat is absolutely ludicrous.”

How do these recruiters know you’re veterans if you’re in civilian clothes? And likely not all of these armed civilians “guarding” the recruitment centers are vets.

Look at it this way — if a group of heavily armed individuals you didn’t know was standing out in front of your house would you be okay with it, or would you deem it as a threat?

How are these recruiters to know these armed civilians are there to “protect” them, when just last week an armed civilian shot everything up? How do you tell a good guy with a gun from a bad guy with a gun?

The Army has every right to issue this warning to recruiters. It’s for their safety.

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