In light of another attack on U.S. soil, these state governors are doing something about it.
Despite what some in the media might say, or what the current administration will ever admit, the recent attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee has encouraged some states to take a stand against threats facing our homeland from ISIS.
Attacks on military personnel and recruiting centers by what's believed by many to be the terrorist group have lead to this most recent action. Thankfully, these states are doing something about it.
State governors of Indiana, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma have all issued executive orders to arm their active duty National Guard as well as servicemen and women serving at their respective recruiting centers.
Since the National Guard is under the control of each state's governors in a time of peace, this action is fully within their powers to do so.
As seen on very few television outlets, but multiple online reports, here is exactly what those state governors had to say.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence - "Quite simply, I will not allow our citizen soldiers to remain unable to defend themselves and our citizens at facilities around the state. Those who serve in the Indiana Army and Air National Guard, and their families, make great sacrifices for the people of Indiana. They deserve nothing less than our best efforts to see to their safety and security, and that is the very foundation of my decision."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott - "None of us could ever imagine any of this happening in our country, and I hope it never happens again. And I'll do everything I can to take care of the National Guard."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott - "After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil. 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."
I issued an Executive Order authorizing the LA National Guard to arm Guardsmen to protect military facilities. I hope @POTUS does the same.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 18, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson - "I want to join in those who are calling for greater security at our recruiting stations and military installations. We've had numerous instances of attacks. Clearly they are a target, and for us to have unarmed military personnel makes no sense, which is why I am directing Major General Mark Berry to arm full-time personnel as he deems necessary at military installations."
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin - "Four unarmed Marines were killed in what appears to be a domestic terrorist attack. It is painful enough when we lose members of our armed forces when they are sent in harm's way, but it is unfathomable that they should be vulnerable for attack in our own communities."
There has been no word from the White House.