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Army To Recruiters: Treat Armed Citizens As Security Threat

Here is an interesting article. The “Brass” don’t trust “We The People”, who merely want to Protect the Protectors.

You might find the comments below the Stars and Stripes article interesting.

This article comes from Stars and Stripes.

By Travis J. Tritten

WASHINGTON — The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat.

Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a U.S. Army Recruiting Command policy letter issued Monday.

Armed citizens — some associated with activist groups and militias — were standing vigil outside recruiting centers in Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, Idaho and elsewhere this week, saying they want to provide protection to servicemembers barred from carrying firearms on duty. Four Marines and a sailor were killed by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwait-born resident of Tennessee, during an attack Thursday on a strip mall recruiting center and a Navy facility that is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

Abdulazeez fired into the front of the recruiting station but there were no casualties. The five servicemembers were killed during an attack on the Navy Operational Support Center. A Navy officer and a Marine reportedly fired at the gunman, although it is unclear why they were armed. It is against Defense Department policy for anyone other than military police or law enforcement to carry weapons on federal property.

“I’m sure the citizens mean well, but we cannot assume this in every case and we do not want to advocate this behavior,” according to the Army Command Operations Center-Security Division letter, which was authenticated by the service.

Recruiters were ordered not to interact or acknowledge the armed civilians, who have been greeted by a mix of concern, indifference and gratitude by the public.

“If questioned by these alleged concerned citizens, be polite, professional and terminate the conversation immediately and report the incident to local law enforcement …,” the command advised.

As the incidents crop up around the country, police could be asked to confront the civilians with guns on the Army’s behalf.

“Ensure your recruiters clearly articulate to local police the civilian may be armed and in possession of a conceal/carry permit,” it told the centers.

The command said recruiters should also immediately fill out an Army security report.

Kelli Bland, a spokeswoman for Army Recruiting Command, said the service has been increasing vigilance following the Chattanooga shooting and that local residents can help in other ways.

“Local communities can support our security by reporting suspicious activity, particularly around recruiting centers,” Bland wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes.

Concerned citizens began gathering at the centers shortly after the shooting in Tennessee, and governors in some states ordered recruiters to armories or to be armed for protection against potential terrorist attacks. Congress has also pushed for the Defense Department to lift its current policy.

The founder and president of Oath Keepers, a Constitution activist group based in Las Vegas, issued a national call Tuesday to guard centers, while members were already guarding centers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, president Stewart Rhodes told the Associated Press.

Rhodes told the news service it’s “absolutely insane” that recruiters aren’t allowed to be armed.

“They’re sitting ducks,” Rhodes said Tuesday. “They’d be better off if they were walking down the streets of Baghdad, because at least in Baghdad, they could move. Here, they’re stationary.”

In Lewiston, Idaho, three men with a group known as “3 percenters” — a national alliance with members who prepare “for any situation, man-made or natural” — were standing watch outside a recruiting office this week, the TNS wire service reported.

“They supported us, and now we’re here showing them that we support them,” said Matt Dillard, of Clarkston, Idaho, who was among the men.



Shorty Dawkins



  1. Gee…I wonder who told the BRASS to issue that statement. So citizens who support and defend the constitution are not welcome…???
    This is confusing the hell out of me. I just cannot make sense of it…!!!!

    1. The Brass dont like it because the Brass cant control the people the way they want to. The military Brass has been like this forever. I beleive the military being armed outside of military bases was not allowed like 75 years ago due to the request of the populace being nervous about armed military folks on main street USA. Since then of course it has turned topsy turvy and now is used as a general rule to control military personnel from becoming entrapped into civilian law enforcement type emergency situations without direct military authorization. A easy way to keep the military from becoming involved with local LE jurisdiction even if un-intentionaly doing so. I am sure you can see the logistical liabilities that could emerge from an incident that totally went amok for both the military and LE personnel. Is it right??? No! But this world is a complicated mess sometimes.. Just my two cents!!! Molon Labe!!!

      1. R. Brentwood, you miss the point. This is about military personnel being disarmed and defenseless targets within the confines of their posting, not out on Main Street.

  2. With all of the total lawlessness in all three branches of the government and after spending the past 45 years carrying a weapon to protect my citizens, things are reversed. Maybe initiating some civil disobedience merely by our armed presence we can get some resolution or movement forward. Something’s got to give and I can see they aren’t, we need to move them from offense to defense.

  3. tell your brass they can kiss my a**. we swore an oath and these PIGS can not take it from me period end of story.

    [Editor’s Note: This post has been edited slightly for the benefit of our readership. While we appreciate passionate support of our Constitution we do have to prevent admonitions of violence. We would like to keep this website online for America. Give ’em hell, but not on our website please. Thank you for understanding.
    Elias Alias, editor]

    1. Thank you for catching us when, in the heat of the moment, we go overboard. I force myself to wait a few minutes then read my post here again before smacking “Post a Comment.” Sometimes I change a few words or drop a sentence. Oath Keepers must always display more class than those who speak/write bad about us. We know that we are a Class Act and on the side of right and I feel confident the Founders would look upon us with approval. Thank you for assisting us commenters in continuing our efforts to appear to others as the Class Act that we are.

      1. Thank You, Obbop. I appreciate your spirit of cooperation and your understanding of the tenuous balance we strive for here. You’re a good man, and I can tell you Brother, I’m just as steamed as you are. I’m sure most everyone in Oath Keepers is deeply concerned, to put it mildly, for, as Thomas Paine said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” I thank you for your help, Bro.

        Thank you for being here. As Patriots, we’re still in the thick of the battle, and we ain’t quitting. We have millions of Brothers and Sisters who are waking up across the land, and the Internet is as strong a sword for us as it is for the damned fools who think they’re running our world and our government. Keep the Faith, Bro.

  4. “…we do not want to advocate this behavior,…”

    Really? Do not advocate upholding our constitution? The same one that who ever authored that statement swore to? Pretty sad.

    We need an even bigger effort to shame those cowards who direct such nonsense.


  5. It makes them look bad, because those who ordered them disarmed not only know it is wrong, but it IS unconstitutional.

    I can hardly wait until we PROSECUTE those Traitors – and Yes, disarming Americans is TREASON.

    Plus it denies whoever is the US President (when we actually get one put into that office that is NOT placed there by enemies of the USA and/or is a presidential impersonator) the Constitutional requirement that the Congress can call up the Militia of which he would then be the Commander in Chief (remember those words “when called into the actual Service of the United States”), plus the governors of each state of the same.

    /big Grin

  6. Hey all, one thing that I am going to ask all who comment on other articles elsewhere, though truthfully I do not have the right, but I see it as very important to our Legitimate government.

    Notice that a lot of commenters say things such as “the American people are the enemy of the US government”, “Our government and its bureaucracies…”, and “Disagreeing with the government does not make one a traitor”, etc.

    The point being is that those comments that use the words “our government” instead of “those that serve within our government” rams the point those that serve within our government would like the masses to believe, that they ARE our government, not just serving within it.

    So the 1st comment would be “the American people are the enemy of those domestic enemies that serve within the US government”.

    2nd would be “Those that serve within our government and the bureaucracies that they created…”

    3rd would be “Disagreeing with those that serve within the government does not make one a traitor”

    See the difference? I know, what a pain, but language does matter which is why those that serve within our government pay others the big bucks to create things in words to get what they want believed put into words – Propaganda can be used both ways, though admittedly we do not have the corporate media, nor the movies, TV, etc so for us, EVERY word matters greatly.

    1. if that top statement is true cal then the u.s government has allready declared war on all of us and i would not like to be any one wearing a government clothing right now

  7. Unbelievable!!!

    Just goes to show that the global elite, and, Washington, have even brain washed some of our very own, in our very own Armed Forces.

    Why am I NOT surprised?

    The government, and, ANYONE that betrays their Oath, the Constitution, America, and, the American People are traitors, Oath Breakers, and, are guilty of treason.

    They are the REAL threat, NOT “We The People.”

    STOP being brainwashed!!!

    Think for yourself!!!

    STOP obeying unConstitutional Orders!!!

  8. What really bothers me are the comments I read on the article on There were, what seemed like, many former vets either with no clue about OK or bad mouthing us. There were the usual trolls as well, but the derogatory remarks where disturbing. I know OK has gotten some great publicity out of the Op, but I feel we may need to do a better job of getting the word out among not only AD, Guard and Reserve, but former members. Just a thought because it seems like we are labeled as extremists. I know that is not true because that is what attracted me to OK. Just my humble opinion.

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