Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched an online petition urging Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard. Since the deadly attack at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, seven states' governors have ordered their respective National Guards to arm themselves.


"The outrageous attack in Chattanooga has raised serious questions about the safety of our men and woman in uniform serving at recruitment stations. As the Commander-in-Chief of the New Hampshire National Guard, Governor Hassan should follow the example set by seven other governors and immediately allow our Guardsmen to arm and defend themselves," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn.


"We train and arm the men and women of our military to fight for our freedoms on foreign soil. Clearly, they should be able to arm and defend themselves on domestic soil. It's time for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and do the right thing for our Guardsmen."


Since the deadly terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Governor Hassan has come under mounting pressure to act and arm the National Guard. Recently, former National Guardsman Senator Scott Brown urged Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard. The governors of Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin have already taken measures to ensure their states' guardsmen are able to defend themselves. In the absence of action from Governor Hassan, citizen patriots have taken to guarding military recruitment centers on their own.


The online petition urging Governor Hassan to arm the New Hampshire National Guard can be found here or by visiting bit.ly/GuardNH