After nine black people were slain at Emanuel AME in Charleston, more black church members began wondering whether they should take up arms to protect themselves. There is a rich tradition of armed resistance in the black community, and atrocities like the one in Charleston S.C. call upon the wisdom of self-defense.
Among mainstream Americans, however, only a few, such as Joe Arpaio and his “posse”, planned to place armed guards outside of black churches.
Although Americans didn’t rally to support black churches in the aftermath of Charleston, many are showing up to defend military recruiting centers after four Marines in Tennessee were shot and killed earlier this month.
From USA Today:
Armed civilians are volunteering to guard military recruiting centers across the USA after last week’s attacks in Tennessee.
Armed Citizens Didn’t Protect Black Churches After Charleston, But They’ve Got the Military’s BackClick to tweet
Dennis Kelley of Walton, Ky., an Army veteran sitting Wednesday in the parking lot of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center here with his friend and Navy vet Jerry Peterson of Union, Ky., said he would be back every day until the government allows service members to carry guns at work in this country.
And don’t think that this is an isolated incident, since people have also volunteered to protect recruitment centers in Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan and North Carolina.