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6 states where I doubt the National Guardsmen will be attacked.

Six states arm National Guard members in wake of Chattanooga tragedy

WASHINGTON - While safety concerns at military recruitment centers have been a long-standing issue, last week's fatal shootings at two Tennessee installations underscore the deep risk recruiters face daily and the scramble at state and national levels to prevent a similar tragedy from taking place again.

The U.S. military on Monday confirmed to Fox News it directed recruiting centers across the country to step up security measures in the wake of the deadly rampage that claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor.

At the same time, a handful of governors have taken steps to beef up security measures at National Guard recruitment centers.

Governors in six states - Florida, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas - ordered their Guardsmen to be armed.

Adm. Bill Gortney, head of the U.S. Northern Command, which oversees security for military facilities in the United States, issued a directive Sunday night calling on centers to implement modest measures while the Department of Defense hammers out more substantial steps to reduce the risk to recruiters.

Recruiters typically set up shop in highly-visible areas, like strip malls or storefronts to attract the most amount of people. Most are unarmed - and it's this combination that some security analysts say creates the perfect conditions for an attack.

Not only are recruiters under pressure to deliver candidates who can clear basic mental and physical tests, they are doing so with ongoing budget cuts. The Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps are being asked in fiscal year 2016 to recruit 2,000 to 9,500 more active-duty members.

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 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.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorized the Arkansas National Guard Adjutant Gen. Mark Berry to arm full-time military personnel.

"I want to join in those who are calling for greater security at our recruiting centers and military installations," Hutchinson said. "We've had numerous instances of attacks. Clearly, they are a target, and for us to have unarmed military personnel makes no sense."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Saturday he will authorize Adjutant Gen.John Nicholas of the Texas National Guard to arm National Guard personnel at military facilities across Texas.

"After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these types of attacks on our own soil," he said. "Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Indiana's Gov. Mike Pence issued similar orders.

Governors in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina have not issued specific orders to arm but have started the process to step up security.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's press secretary David Smith told the local paper the "governor has reached out to (Tennessee Adjutant) Genb. Haston, and we're looking at appropriate next steps."

Brian Robinson, spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, said the governor would not order National Guardsmen to arm themselves, "because current state law allows members of the Guard to arm themselves if they choose to."

North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory instructed the Department of Public Safety and the North Carolina National Guard to step up security measures at recruiting centers, armories and readiness centers statewide but did not issue an order forcing them to arm.

"We will be vigilant in protecting those who protect us," McCrory said in a statement. "These men and women are putting their lives on the line to serve our country and it's our responsibility to ensure everything that is within our power to do for their safety is done."

Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson and The Assoc
 

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That's nice but why aren't the flags at half mast??? I have yet to see any flags at half mast.
 

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Why is no one else up in arms??? Victims are arming themselves for protection! That's crazy! Don't they know that local law enforcement is only minutes away?

Oh.......Wait.......
 

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I had to go to Riverhead today, county has them at half mast. There is no reason when we are under attack which we are that the service men and women cannot cc in EVERY STATE . I read the article quickly did andy put any thought into protecting those who protect us ? Dislike andrew !!
 

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This is progress. It is erroneous to trust our servicemen & women to protect our interests overseas and not trust them to protect us and themselves on home soil. Talk about an embarrassing precedent, to say the least.

Let our people carry their M4s on base, and allow off-base personnel to be issued sidearms.
 
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