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Navy: If armed civilians show up at recruiting centers, we won’t be there

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –A Navy official tried to throw more cold water Wednesday on armed private citizens showing up on their own at military recruitment centers.

The official told CNN that that should unauthorized armed civilians attempt to patrol outside a Navy recruiting center, recruitment personnel would try to work out of the office. They could choose to spend the day at a school, mall, on travel or other duties that would keep them away from the center.

The official noted, however, that so far only one or two of these armed civilians have shown up following the shooting at a Chattanooga, Tennessee, recruiting center Thurday that left five servicemen dead.

Armed civilians have been standing guard outside a military recruiting office in a Spanaway, Washington shopping center.

Earlier Wednesday, Department of Defense spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis reiterated the existing department policy of not supporting arming all military personnel in comments to reporters.

Lawmakers and elected officials at the national, state and local levels have proposed changing the policy following the deadly shooting Thursday.

"We do not support arming all military personnel," Davis said.

On Tuesday, the Marine Corps put out a statement saying, "While we greatly appreciate the support of the American public during this tragedy, we ask that citizens do 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."

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey is expected to be briefed by Thursday by the services and senior Defense officials on their recommendations for improving security at military installations, according to two Pentagon officials.

Dempsey will then consolidate all the data and present a single set of recommendations to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter by Friday, the deadline the secretary imposed on the Pentagon. The officials say the recommendations are not expected to be made public anytime soon.

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7 comments

  • dg54321

    Ah, the Navy. As bass-ackwards as it ever was. And good to see bureaucrats are still bureaucrats. Their safety is guaranteed by guys with guns, but the peons out in the field? They don’t deserve protection.

    Mr. Navy Official, you’re a discredit to your uniform and the country you claim to serve. Instead, we can all see you only serve yourself and your fellow bureaucrats, like most politicians.

  • hellomurica

    “No thanks, we’d rather remain defenseless, and we are OK with being shot in cold blood, and disagree with people trying to stand up for what’s right so that we’re not fish in a barrel”. What a bunch of idiots.

    • dg54321

      What’s sad are their fellow veterans that try to advocate for how much better of an idea it is to stay defenseless than allow dirty civilians to protect them. What a bunch of scumbags, worried more about their “leet” status than their fellow soldiers’ lives.

  • dcarthemasta

    really the guns we train to use guns and protect the rest of us cannot be allowed to have guns in the face of a REAL persistent danger here and abroad to all our uniformed and non uniformed personnel?? some paper pusher does not think we as americans and trained gun handlers should be allowed to protect ourselves on our on soil because of some politcally correct asshat policy?? we need to take back our government from the liberal fuktards and start becoimg the great nation we once were and not this stinking asshat collection of pc liberal pussies the present admin and liberal culture is trying to foist off on us.

  • Richard StJohn

    As usual our government in action. Better to have a target rich environment of defenseless victims than give these people the ability to defend themselves or proper security. It’s more important to promote our anti gun agenda than protect those who serve. What a load of bullshit. Screw you Obama and your pussified military leaders.

  • James Ray

    “… lies among our trained first responders for the safety of the communities where we live and work….” Yessiree…when seconds count the Police are only minutes away…