Armed volunteers stand guard outside KY military recruiting center

Armed volunteers guard KY military recruiting centers

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Armed volunteers are taking to military recruiting centers across the nation in defense of America's men and service women after five people were killed on a military facility in Chattanoog, Tennessee.

On Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has issued an executive order authorizing Adjutant Gen. Edward Tonini to enhance security at state National Guard facilities and recruiting stations.

A group of veterans and concerned patriots have taken up arms at the Armed Services Recruiting Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

The volunteers stood in front of the center on Wednesday holding pistols and rifles and have been active for the past several days.

Vietnem Navy veteran, Michael Swinford, said he plans to stand guard at the facility until changes are made.

"It's not a good world anymore. Too many people have chips on their shoulder and they get offended at every little thing."

Swinford and other volunteers are calling for additional security at America's recruiting places. The group demands that military personnel be allowed to carry firearms inside and that centers be fitted with bulletproof glass.

Swinford said the Paducah community has been welcoming and that people have come together through the tragedy.

"But this operation here has brought many segments of society together and any time we can pull segments of society together we have a better world."

Swinford and the other volunteers say they'll stand guard at the facility until something is changed.

If you are interested in volunteering you can speak with the volunteers outside the Paducah Armed Services Center during those office hours.

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