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Militia members stand guard in front of some military recruiting offices

Jul 22, 2015

Drivers passing by military recruiting centers in the Flint area may be surprised to see armed men standing outside.

“We’re protecting those who protect us,” says militia member Dave McKellar.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

“We’re protecting those who protect us,” says Dave McKellar. 

McKellar and other local militia group members say they are there in response to last week’s deadly shooting spree in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

A gunman killed five servicemen at a military recruiting office. Local police later killed the gunman.

The attack has raised questions about a law that prevents U.S. servicemen and women from carrying sidearms for protection at recruiting centers.

“Until these boys are allowed arms and to protect themselves, someone needs to,” says McKellar.

The militia men would also like to see Gov. Snyder do more to protect the recruiting centers.

The governor’s office says increased safety measures have been put in place since last week’s shooting. 

The U.S. Army issued a statement on the security of its recruiting centers:

"US Army Recruiting Command soldiers are using security and force protection policies to ensure the safety and security of our recruiting centers.  The Department of Defense and the Army prohibit weapons from being in recruiting centers.  In light of the attack, the Army will increase vigilance and review our security measures, particular at stand-alone sites not connected to a military installation.  We are America's Army and local communities can support our security by reporting suspicious activity, particularly around recruiting centers; if you see something, say something."