skip-navigation

U.S. CONGRESSMAN BILL JOHNSON Proudly Representing Eastern and Southeastern Ohio

Articles

Lawmakers Discuss Guns for our Military Recruiting Centers

f t # e
Parkersburg, July 24, 2015 | comments
In light of the recent shooting at a marine corp recruiting center in Tennessee, some lawmakers across the country are re-thinking gun free zones, especially for our military recruiting centers. We reached out to law makers from Ohio and west Virginia to get their thoughts.
share: f t
WTAP
Published July 24, 2015

In light of the recent shooting at a marine corp recruiting center in Tennessee, some lawmakers across the country are re-thinking gun free zones, especially for our military recruiting centers. We reached out to law makers from Ohio and west Virginia to get their thoughts.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has now authorized those at National Guard Recruitment Centers to carry weapons after last week's shooting in Tennessee.

However, those at the state level can only authorize their National Guard to do so. It is up to the Federal Government to authorize all military personnel at all recruiting centers to carry a weapon in the now, "gun free" zones.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia (D), who recently wrote a letter to Ash Carter, our Secretary of Defense said this in his letter; "The fact that terrorists, and those who are mentally deranged, can and will target unarmed civilians and service members proves that times have changed, and the department's policy must change with it."

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson (R), had this to say about those who are guarding our military recruiting centers; "They're angry that we've got a commander in chief that will not give our military members who go and put their lives in harm's way on foreign soil to protect our freedoms and to defend our liberties, and they come back home and they're sitting ducks. They wouldn't have to do this if we give our military folks the authority to carry their arms."

Congressman Johnson said he also believes increasing gun control would not solve the problem with shootings here on American soil.

Both Senator Manchin of West Virginia and Congressman Johnson of Ohio say they want to see immediate action taken in regards to last week's shooting in Tennessee.

f t # e