Oath Keepers Among Those Standing Guard In Sioux Falls
Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office right now is looking to military and public safety officials for advice, as more state’s move to provide protection for their military recruiting offices.
It comes after the deaths of four Marines and a Navy sailor last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
It also follows a request from groups like the Oath Keepers, a non-partisan association of current and former military, police, first responders, and civilians, to protect the protectors.
The group has recently launched a nation-wide call to action. They want to protect the protectors – in other words – keep our own soldiers safe on our own soil.
It’s been a concern for many years, but after the tragedy last week in Chattanooga, they say the time for service is now.
“I think its crazy, these men and women can go put their life on the line in a foreign country and come to our own soil here in this country and they’re disarmed. Someone can just walk in and shoot up our military,” said Jeff Shawd, with the South Dakota Oath Keepers.
Federal law currently prohibits any military personnel from being armed at recruiting stations and reserve centers. While that could soon change on a federal level, if certain conditions are met, the Oath Keepers and others are asking Governor Daugaard for improved security.
Spokeswoman Kelsey Pritchard says that while they cannot comment on specific steps they may be taking, for security reasons, she can say the state is looking to military and public safety officials right now for advice.
“It would be nice to see our governor step up to the plate and protect our own soldiers, our men and women in uniform on our own soil,” said Shawd.
In the meantime, Shawd and others, like Greg Anderson, are committed to keeping watch. And, they appreciate all of the help and positive feedback they are getting from the Sioux Falls area community.
“We all signed on the line, wrote a check with the US Government payable up to, and including our deaths, and when you take that oath it never expires. Since they cannot protect themselves, we’re out here, hoping that we’re not needed,” Anderson said.
Shawd and Anderson say they have been getting calls from quite a few people asking how they might help or get involved. Anyone in the community can be an Oath Keeper, there is a training provided and an oath all have to take. But if you would like more information, you can contact the local office at (605) 951-0716