Governor offers national guard to protect military facilities
BATON ROUGE - The governor is making the Louisiana National Guard available to protect military facilities in Louisiana.
The move was announced late Friday, in an executive order by the governor's press staff. The governor was not in the state, but campaigning for president in Iowa where he appeared on FOX News for an interview about his position on Islam.
The order allows the Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard to identify and arm national guard personnel at military facilities in order to protect those facilities, his office wrote.
The order comes after four Marines were murdered in Tennessee this week by a man who was originally from Kuwait. The shooter targeted two facilities where he opened fire before being killed.
"This apparent act of terrorism has taken the lives of four American heroes, and our hearts and prayers are with their families. We must pursue justice on their behalf and stop at nothing to hunt down and kill these evildoers abroad before more of them come here to kill our people," the governor said Thursday.
"This shooting underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by Radical Islamic terrorism every single day. It's time for the White House to wake up and tell the truth and the truth is that Radical Islam is at war with us, and we must start by being honest about that," he added.
Friday, just before his office announced the executive order, Jindal said the war against radicals is important.
"We've got to hunt them down and kill them," he said.
Also Friday, a sign posted outside a military recruitment facility in Baton Rouge alerted visitors that the doors were locked, and people needed to knock or call to be let inside.
The governor also issued an executive order for flags at state office buildings to be flown at half-staff until July 24 in honor of the shooting victims.
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