Man guards Armed Forces Career Center in Ridgeland

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) – After the tragic shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn. that killed five military members, people around the country are  standing as guards outside of recruiting centers around the nation.

It’s no different in Ridgeland.

armed forces guard 2WJTV found David Oden standing guard outside the Armed Forces Career Center in Ridgeland Wednesday afternoon.

Oden spent about four hours outside, armed with a gun. He is a Navy veteran who told us that he wanted to make sure everyone inside the recruitment center was safe.

Oden stood behind a brick column; he didn’t want to frighten anyone who would walk up to the facility. He told us that a petty officer inside the center thanked him for volunteering his time.

“I would hope by him just seeing me here and armed it would be a deterrent but if it came to it I would give my life to protect these people,” he said.

Oden said he’s not looking for any thanks, He’s just doing what he believes needs to be done.

Below is a video of others doing the same thing in other states.

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