Disarming the good guys doesn’t stop the bad guys, and now the Air Force is making that same acknowledgement.
In about every mass shooting the only thing that as stopped the shooter has been a good guy with a gun. According to Fox News the Air Force has sent out letters to base commanders around the nation telling them subordinates can carry guns even if off duty or out of uniform.
“None of these programs gives the installation commander authorizations they didn’t already have the authorization to do,” Maj. Keith Quick, the Air Force Security Forces Integrated Defense action officer, said in a statement according to Military.com. “We are now formalizing it and telling them how they can use these types of programs more effectively.”
The memo followed a review by the Air Force of “active-shooter incidents across the country,” which was spurred by last July’s attack on a recruiting office and nearby reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn., in which four Marines and a Navy sailor were killed.
In that attack, Muhammad Youseef Abdulazeez’s rampage only ended when responding police shot him. But an ensuing investigation determined that the base’s commanding officer fired at Abdulazeez with his personal weapon and one of the murdered Marines had an unauthorized 9-mm. Glock on him when he was killed.
Critics immediately asserted that armed military officers at the recruiting office where the rampage began, as well as more armed Navy personnel at the base, could have saved lives.
Gun rights advocate John Lott echoed what many in law enforcement have said across the country in regards to active shooter situations and applauded the military branch’s memo.
“Finally, someone in the federal government is recognizing what has been obvious to sheriffs and police across the country,” John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told FoxNews.com. “Concealed handgun permit holders have stopped dozens of what would have clearly been mass public shootings.”
It never made sense to me that the bravest and best trained men and women in our country were disarmed on their own bases, and even one attack at a military base should have been enough to wake up any proponents of disarming our military on US soil.
Hopefully every branch of the military will jump on board and make sure our military is kept safe from both terrorists and crazies. It’s a small step, but it’s a step.