On July 20, disabled veteran Jim Young stood guard outside a Guntersville, Alabama, Marine recruiting office as part of his “patriotic duty.”
Young stood outside the office for approximately three hours.
According to 48 WAFF, Young said, “I felt it was my patriotic duty to make sure nothing happened to them. I can’t see them giving their life back here in the United States because someone wouldn’t arm them.”
Young’s wife also spoke to WAFF, telling them how proud she was of her husband. She said, “Jim takes his responsibility to serve as serious today as he did when he volunteered for Vietnam in 1970.”
On July 19, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) called for “National Guardsman… [to] be armed when on state active duty.” The Alabama National Guard is now “reviewing policies and procedures” to make that happen.
On July 17, the day after four Marines and a sailor were fatally wounded in the Chattanooga attack, armed citizens lined up to protect a military recruiting center in Hiram, Georgia. That same day, a citizen armed with an AR-15 spent time standing guard outside various recruiting centers in Virginia.
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