Changes will be made in the wake of the deadly shootings in Chattanooga over the summer, but the one many across this country were hoping for, will not be one of them.
Marine officials have ruled out arming recruiters, following the deadly rampage in Tennessee that killed four Marines and a sailor. However, other security measures to ‘better protect troops’ are in the works, the head of Marine Corps Recruiting Command told Marine Corps Times.
On July 16, a lone gunman opened fire on a Chattanooga Armed Forces recruiting office and a Navy Reserve center. Immediately following the tragedy, some politicians were quick to call for military recruiters to be armed. Many citizens in states with open carry laws, decided to stand guard in front of local recruiting facilities following the incident.
However, all the military services were reportedly in agreement about not arming recruiters.
“Whichever way you stand on the Second Amendment, recruiters showing up armed is not going to make either educators or parents comfortable,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Brilakis, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
Bullet-proof glass was also being considered in the wake of the attack, but has since been deemed too costly and has already been ruled out. Because most of the offices are located in strip malls, any modifications the Marine Corps makes to the facilities have to be removed when the leases are up.
Lt. Gen. Brilakis, says putting ballistic glass at every recruiting site would cost in excess of $100 million.
Some of the security measures that will be implemented include allowing Marines to take cover or evacuate in the event of an attack. Officials say things like movable shields or desk partitions could protect troops from bullets.
More security cameras, remote-locking doors, and better ballistic protection, are some of the other changes being considered, according to the MC Times article.
Marines will also continue conducting security training. Those who were involved in the Chattanooga attack, got out of the recruiting station in less than a minute, according to Brilakis.
“They did so because, one, they were trained, and two, they sat down and talked about it before. Every one of those Marines had been trained or had a conversation once they got to the recruiting substation about what happens in the event of ‘X’ — and when ‘X’ happened, they all executed perfectly,” he said.
The Marines’ quick reaction at the Chattanooga recruiting station prevented a bad situation from becoming worse, Brilakis believes.