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Should Military Recruiters Carry Guns?

With the tragedy in Chattanooga that left 4 Marines killed, and more injured, people are asking why the Marines were not carrying guns. Military recruiting stations are currently "Gun Free Zones" Should military recruiters carry guns?

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last 24 hours | huffingtonpost
Jeb Bush Wants Military Recruiters Armed...Overturning His Dad's Policy | John ... - Huffington Post

"...I'm inclined to agree with Republican candidates (others like Scott Walker and Donald Trump agree with Jeb Bush) and like Bobby Jindal's plan for providing armed guards for these stations. But I don't agree with attempts to blame the incident on Bill Clinton. Evidence shows the policy was developed before Clinton became president.And Republicans who want to lift the gun ban should be prepared to explain it to a small group of constituents, the ones who have conspiracy theories about the military concerning exercises like "Jade Helm 15" and the belief that our military is about to put us all in Wal-Mart concentration camps...." see full article

1306 days ago | csmonitor
Chattanooga shooting: should military recruiters carry guns? (+video ... - Christian Science Monitor
"...Other officials pointed out that the centers had defensive plans in place, and they worked. The fatalities occurred at the fenced in Support and Reserve Center.Still, that could have been the result of fortune as much as design, say critics. The gunman did not directly enter the recruiting facility. And there have been fatal attacks on recruiters: In 2009 Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, a US citizen and convert to Islam, killed one soldier and wounded another outside an Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Ark. Mr. Muhammad is now serving a sentence of life in prison.Other incidents stretch back to the Vietnam era. In 1973, Army and Navy recruitment centers in Portland, Ore., were seriously damaged by bomb attacks, later found to be the work of Frank Stearns Giese, a professor and radical sympathizer...." see full article

1308 days ago | thinkprogress
Congress Pushes For Guns In Military Recruitment Centers After ... - ThinkProgress - ThinkProgress
"...Even though the shooter's motives are unclear, military recruitment centers which are generally regulated as gun-free zones have long been targets for violence, including a drive-by shooting in Arkansas in 2009. Recruiting centers in a strip mall, they have no defense against people who just hate America and hate our military, Hunter said in an interview with Politico Pro. They've got nothing. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who famously served in Vietnam, released a statement on Friday agreeing that the regulations surrounding military recruitment centers needed to be changed. We can and must do more to protect our troops, he said. Yesterday's murder of four United States Marines is a heartbreaking reminder that our men and women in uniform can be targets here at home, as they often are abroad. Long before the Chattanooga attack, we had been working to clarify a post commander's authority to allow carrying of personal firearms. This year's National Defense Authorization Act will reflect that work. Together, we will direct the Pentagon to end the disconnect between the threats our warfighters and their families face and the tools they have to defend themselves. ..." see full article

1308 days ago | nydailynews
Arming troops at military recruiting centers isn't just an overreaction — it ... - New York Daily News

"...Good idea, but an overreaction. Despite what was originally reported, the servicemen killed by Kuwaiti-born coward, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez were slaughtered at the gated Naval Operational Support Center, seven miles from the mall recruiting offices where Abdulazeez first fired off rounds from his car.While arming recruiters might seem correct, it's just not the American way. The Posse Comitatus Act signed in 1878 by Rutherford B. Hayes was specifically enacted to limit the powers of the federal government in using its military personnel to act as domestic law enforcement personnel in other words, to prevent a militarized police state...." see full article

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1308 days ago | daytondailynews
More calling for military recruiters to be armed | - Dayton Daily News
"...The fatal attack on two Tennessee military facilities has raised fears that terrorist attacks on so-called soft-targets will continue, and has some calling for arming military personnel at recruiting centers. They should have a sidearm there available to defend themselves, said local security expert Timothy Shaw, a retired FBI agent and former Marine Corps recruiter.Often these centers are in very public locations like the Chattanooga strip mall where Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, on Thursday opened fire on a Marine recruitment office before driving to a Navy-Marine training center and shooting four Marines to death. Police killed Abdulazeez in a gunfight...." see full article

1309 days ago | charlotteobserver
From Tenn. to Times Square, military recruiting centers prove easy targets - Charlotte Observer
"...Over the past half century, military recruitment centers have been targeted time and time again across the country: by Black Panthers and neo-Nazis, Vietnam War protesters and Japanese communists. Most recently, they have become targets for Islamist terrorism.Whoever the attacker, the reasoning is always simple: what better place to find unarmed soldiers than at a recruitment center? Recruiting offices have been kind of on the leading edge of targets simply because they are both ubiquitous and they're vulnerable, Brian Michael Jenkins of the Rand Corp. told the Military Times. These recruiting offices are everywhere, he said. They're in shopping centers. They're all around the country. So if you think about attacking a military target, as opposed to driving to some military base where there will be armed guards at the gate; if you want a geographically convenient, readily accessible target that the shooter can portray as a military target, then recruiting stations fit the bill.Read more here:" see full article

1309 days ago | csmonitor
Chattanooga shooting: should military recruiters carry guns? - - Christian Science Monitor
"...In this context, recruitment stations are something of an outlier. By definition, they need to be welcoming and open. The job of a recruiter is literally to be an entry point into the military though for those interested in serving. Barbed wire, concrete barriers, and other physical manifestations of security would likely interfere with this mission. We can't have barricaded centers. We can't have places where we recruit young men and women that look like a fortress. We have to have a connection to the American people, Brian Lepley, a spokesman for US Army Recruiting Command, told the Army Times.Other officials pointed out that the centers had defensive plans in place, and they worked. The fatalities occurred at the fenced in Support and Reserve Center...." see full article

1309 days ago | washingtonpost
From Tenn. to Times Square, military recruiting centers prove easy targets ... - Washington Post

"...That tension between projecting strength to the public and, at the same time, protecting their officers has haunted military recruitment centers for decades. In small towns across the country, U.S. Armed Forces offices are immediately recognizable: splashed in aggressively patriotic imagery and staffed by men and women in full uniform (just without the guns).Yet that same symbolism, so necessary for drawing recruits, has often made these centers targets for attackers ranging from jihadists to Japanese militia members...." see full article

1309 days ago | foxnews
Chattanooga shootings: Why should we make it easy for killers to attack our military?

"...Army regulations are very clear stating that personnel cannot have firearms during their official duties.  Last year the Obama administration instituted interim rules that clearly prohibit privately owned weapons from all federally leased office and land, including recruiters' offices.We trust soldiers to carry guns all the time when they are stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan, but somehow when they come home we no longer trust them...." see full article

1309 days ago | breitbart
"...We can arm every recruiter, and that will help the recruiter stations in case they are attacked. We can arm every Naval Reserve Center, every Army Reserve Center, but that's not the issue. The issue is, if [the recruiting stations and reserve centers] become hard targets, the other people that own shops and so forth in that strip mall aren't protected themselves.I think the problem is really this pervasive gun control mafia that we have in this country, that basically advocates for taking guns away from citizens who could potentially defend themselves, and leaving the only guns in the hands of those who might do them harm.He said that because of these anti-gun policies, a military facility is not the only soft target. It can be a grammar school, as we've seen, it can be church, as we've seen so recently. You can't protect everyone unless you actually arm the citizenry themselves, or at least allow them and encourage them to be armed. ..." see full article

1309 days ago | foxnews
Chattanooga shootings: Why should we make it easy for killers to attack our ... - Fox News

"...With the exceptions of military police, military personnel are banned from having weapons on base, in federally leased buildings, or while they are carrying out official duties. For would-be terrorists among us there is an abundance of possible targets. In fact, there are simply too many possible targets. Allowing military personnel to at least defend themselves reduces the number of easy targets that terrorists/killers can attack.Today some have argued that guns should be banned from military recruiting offices because weapons would make potential recruits uncomfortable. Yet, as a new report released Thursday shows, there are already well over 12.8 million concealed handgun permit holders in the US. ..." see full article

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