Armed citizens flock to recruiting centers to stand guard

Jerry Blakeney stands guard with other members of Operation Hero Guard outside a U.S. military recruiting station in Cleburne, Texas, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
photo Joshua B. Van Natter stands outside a military recruiting center on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Logan, Utah. Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The citizens, some of them private militia members, said they're supporting the recruiters, who by military directive are not armed.

"We're