AS OBAMA DITHERS ON CHATTANOOGA: Governors Are Arming Their Guard Units

While Obama does nothing, as usual, Governors of at least six states have taken measures to protect their National Guard troops.

Governors of at least six states have signed orders allowing National Guard troops to carry firearms at their installations, as debate grows about whether to allow military recruiters to be armed after the fatal shooting of five servicemen at a reserve training center in Tennessee.

Among the latest to take action was Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican who on Saturday directed his adjutant general to authorize the arming of all military personnel at National Guard facilities in the state and storefront recruiting centers.

Many military personnel aren’t allowed to carry loaded firearms at recruiting centers or other Defense Department facilities in the U.S., because of a Pentagon directive issued in 1992.

“Hoosiers may be assured that those who have stepped forward to defend our state and nation will have the ability to defend themselves,” Mr. Pence said in a statement Saturday.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

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