The military services have taken swift action to increase security after Thursday's shootings in Tennessee, even closing some facilities and telling Marine recruiters not to wear uniforms in public.
Defense Secretary Ash Cater approved immediate steps taken by the military branches to increase security and has told the services to get back to him by the end of next week with additional force protection measures, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement on Friday.
The steps were taken just a day after a gunman attacked two military facilities in Chattanooga, leaving four Marines and one sailor dead. Suspected gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was killed in the attacks on a joint-service recruiting station and a nearby Navy Operational Support Center.
This is what America has come down to: Marines have to hide in public. The ultimate pussification of America. Every Marine is a rifleman first and foremost among his duties. Perhaps the Pentagon should trust its own soldiers and actually arm the Marines so they can properly defend themselves. An even better idea might be to move the recruiting centers from the poorly-secured shopping malls most of them call home. There are going to be more attacks and hiding from threats will not make conditions any safer.