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Seven States Arm National Guard Members in Wake of Chattanooga Tragedy

July 21, 2015  | 

To beef up security measures at National Guard recruitment centers, governors in seven states – Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin – ordered their Guardsmen to be armed, reports Fox News.

After the governors' decision to arm Guardsmen, Florida Gov. Rick Scott took it a step further when he signed an executive order to relocate six recruiting centers to armories.

As governor, Scott oversees the Florida National Guard and can act without federal involvement. He also ordered officers to make sure all full-time members of the guard are armed "in the interest of immediately securing Florida National Guardsmen who are being targeted by ISIS."

Authorities say Mohammod Abdulazeez, 24, opened fire at a military recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday. Thirty minutes and a police chase later, five military members and the gunman were dead.

While the shootings are being investigated as domestic terrorism, there has been no hard link between the attack and ISIS, authorities said

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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/21/2015 4:22 PM

Good job 7 states! Where are the rest of you guys? Surely you're not afraid of the commander in chief. If you wait for him to say something positive about arming soldiers then you might see hell freeze over.

Tschako @ 7/21/2015 7:26 PM

It's Islamic Terrorism, damn it! Say it! Islamic Terrorism, not domestic, not international, not workplace violence. Stop pussyfooting around; we're at war, a holy war, with Islamic terrorists, and there are millions of them. Why are we the only ones who don't know that???

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/29/2015 3:42 AM

When citizens volunteered to stand guard around recruiting stations in Ohio the idea went well until half-way through the first day when one of them had an AD through the front window with a rifle. Sure putting more guns in the area is the perfect answer. Just means more casualties.

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