'They protect us, we'll protect them': Armed civilians stationed at York County recruitment center
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Just days after the shooting that killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee, armed civilians are stationing themselves outside military centers around the country.
All day- several people armed with handguns say they've been keeping watch at the Armed Forces Career Center in Manchester Township, York County.
They say they're here because our soldiers aren't safe in their own country because they're not allowed to carry weapons in their local offices.
That's raised a lot of debate in recent days since the Chattanooga shooting. The marines killed did not have their weapons.
They're not allowed to have them at recruiting centers. Thats because of a federal regulation.
Military officials say these centers are meant to be open, welcome spaces accessible to all.
But the group out here today says- thats what makes them so vulnerable.
James Fitzgerald from York Township says, "It's sickening. These men and women are trained to defend our country. They're trained to go fight for our rights our constitution our way of life and they can't defend them self here on our soil?"
Armed civilians station themselves outside an Armed Forces Career center in Manchester Township, York County.
"When they're on their own soil they're unprotected. They put their lives on the line for us 365 days a year to protect us and now it's time for us to protect them as well," said Dylan McKenna of Springettsbury Township, York County.
The people at the center today are part of a 2nd amendment group called the 3-percenters.
And they say they're trying to organize a rotation so they can be out here in front of the center more in the coming days.
It's part protest and partly a defense effort here in our local area.
The group says they've been amazed at the outpouring from the community today as they've been out in the heat.