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Citizens urging policy change, armed soldiers at recruitment centers

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A single gunman killed four marines at an Armed Forces Recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Staff in places like that nationwide are not allowed to have weapons. Jennifer Rodriguez, whose husband is in the army, thinks that should change.

"They serve in the military where they carry guns every day,” Rodriguez said. “They're well trained. They're the best trained people we have out on the streets. Better than our police force."

Carl White agrees and said those marines who died should've had a fighting chance.

"They should be protected. Especially if people are targeting our military," White said.

Even though it's too early to see if the policy regarding weapons at recruitment centers will change, Rodriguez is adamant that the staff here are in a precarious situation.

"I feel like they're sitting ducks, I do,” Rodriguez said. “Because anybody can walk into those offices. That's the idea is to make it open for anyone to walk in."

Ultimately, it will be up to the federal government to change the law.

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