By Lorra B.
It was Thursday, July 16, when the gunman, 24 year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, opened fire killing 4 U.S. Marines and 1 Navy sailor and wounded 2 others in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Abdulazeez first opened fire at the military recruiting center and then moved on some 7 miles away to a U.S. Navy facility before he was killed by police. Now, Navy reserve centers throughout the U.S. will be arming its sailors, according to a statement made by officials.
Navy spokesman, Cmdr. William Marks, told Fox News that the decision was made “as a matter of prudent and necessary action toward protecting our personnel.”
“The threat posed to military forces in the United States by homegrown violent extremists has increased.”
The FBI have warned that new threats are being made against our military and their families as Al Qaeda praises the Chattanooga killer for what is considered a job well done.
Although the consent to have trained sailors to protect the facilities is now in affect, the actual date the sailors will begin has not yet been determined. For all military, their families and the grieving families of the victims, the start date can’t be soon enough.
By Lorra B