Gunning for safety? Military leaders say no

Scott, a civilian who wished not to provide his last name, walks in front of the Air Force recruiting office as he stands guard outside a Colorado Springs Armed Forces Career Center on Wednesday. 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 here in Chattanooga. (Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

As painful as the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities here have been, and despite the clamor sweeping the country to arm military recruiters and other service personnel working in peace-time jobs, our leaders should move slowly, if at all, to change the military's policy on guns in the workplace.

The military knows this, and agrees.

"We do not support arming all military personnel," Department of Defense spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis reiterated to national reporters on Wednesday.

And both the Marine Corps and the Navy have asked that citizens not bring guns or "stand guard" at recruiting offices.

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