Jul 21, 2015 8:20 PM
MANCHESTER - For a second day in a row, armed citizens and veterans stand guard at military recruitment centers across New Hampshire.
The mission is clear: They want laws changed so military men and women who work in the recruitment centers can protect themselves.
42-year-old Tim Dow is supposed to be on vacation.
"Obviously, going on some vacation with the kids, doing some things, but they understand."
Dow says his three children understand that dad didn't want to let another deadly shooting spree take place, especially in New Hampshire. So, he and a group of fellow patriots are doing what they do best.
"We wanted to come down here and post guard," Dow said. "When you think of the military here at home and being unarmed that's very disturbing."
The sight of men carrying big guns could be intimidating, but their smiles, handshakes, community outreach and patriotism are disarming.
"It's amazing. It's great. It just makes me proud to be an American," 19-year-old Laura Diiulio said.
"It's a powerful image, but it doesn't surprise me here in New Hampshire," Chief Nick Willard said. He says it's clear these men have good intentions, but they're not sworn officers.
"Our expectations are that if you see something, you call the police department and we will respond," Willard said.
Meanwhile, a steady stream of water, coffee, soda, snacks, meals and gift card donations are fueling the efforts. In fact, these volunteers say the overflow was donated to a local shelter.
"In America, we should feel safe in our own country. God bless these guys for coming out and standing up for our rights," Michael Brantmuller said, father of a recently recruited marine.
These men say they will continue guarding the centers until they drive change.
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