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Debate rages in Dubuque: Should military recruiters be armed?

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

In the wake of last week's tragic shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four Marines and one sailor dead, people are asking: Should military recruiters be armed?

We've seen one example of somebody taking matters into their own hands this week: A man with the Iowa Militia stood guard outside the Armed Forces Career Center in Des Moines.

But in Dubuque, no such measures are being taken.

One recruiter told KWWL that a sheriff's deputy stopped by to check in on them this week, but the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office say they don't know about that, and it was most likely just an act of goodwill carried about by an individual deputy.

But just because the recruiters can't be armed doesn't mean the nearby business owners can't.

Greg Howell owns Dubuque Tattoo Club, which is just two doors away from the recruiting center in Dubuque. 

Howell said he believes that recruiters should be armed, and says he has a conceal and carry permit. He said he wouldn't hesitate to help if there was an attack on his home turf.

"I'm not going to stand by and let some dirtbag do something like that, not in my community," he said. "I won't stand for it."

But Charles Brimeyer, executive director of the Dubuque County Veterans Affairs Commission, says recruiters shouldn't be armed.

"No, I don't believe they should be armed," he said. "Should they be afforded a higher amount of protection? The answer is, I believe they should be afforded a higher level of protection."

This all comes as Gov. Terry Branstad this week ordered the Iowa National Guard to review security at all of its military installations and recruiting centers in the state.

Branstad said he will also ask the federal government for the same review at a meeting in Washington this week.

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