Texas Congressman Steve Stockman is tired of seeing unarmed military members being gunned down in this country, and he has introduced a bill to put an end to it.
Stockman’s bill would allow military personnel to carry firearms on US military bases and would officially end the 20 year ban on guns which has only made our military vulnerable to horrendous attacks.
Stockman voiced his plans for the bill in a USA Today op-ed piece you can read below:
The ban on allowing military personnel to carry weapons on base is a 20-year experiment that failed and places servicemembers in danger.
The April 2 tragedy at Fort Hood was the third mass shooting on a military base in five years. That’s because our trained servicemembers aren’t allowed to carry their weapons under a regulation implemented in 1993. Before the ban, there were not large numbers of gun accidents or shootings on military bases.
Like most others, this spree ended when the killer was confronted by a military police officer with a weapon and he killed himself. However, she could not arrive until after he shot 19 unarmed soldiers. Three tragically died…
…That’s why I introduced H.R. 3199, the Safe Military Bases Act. It’s currently in the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
The 20-year experiment has failed. Rather than make bases safer, stripping trained servicemembers of weapons has turned them into soft targets for mass killers.
It’s time to restore the right of trained soldiers to carry their firearms. No reasonable person can oppose that.
Why in the world anyone would be against a bill like this is beyond me, but I’m sure we will see anti-gunners sticking to their own guns in opposition to this bill.
I can’t say it any better than the congressman and it looks like other lawmakers are already jumping on board.
Lawmakers that are cosponsoring the bill:
Rep. Bill Posey (Florida)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas)
Rep. Pete Olson (Texas)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (California)
Rep. Randy Weber (Texas)
Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas)
Rep. Ralph Hall (Texas)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Utah)
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (Michigan)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (Texas)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Indiana)
Rep. Paul Broun (Georgia)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Georgia)
Rep. Scott Perry (Pennsylvania)
Rep. Steven Palazzo (Mississippi)