Strict gun regulations did not stop the gunman from going on a shooting spree, killing 3 and wounding at least 16 at Fort Hood yesterday. A veritable “gun free zone” did not stop a crazed shooter from taking innocent lives.
But what these strict gun regulations did do was stop these brave soldiers from being able to defend themselves. And that’s what gun laws do. They stop the law abiding from their God-given right to defend themselves while the criminals and mentally unstable ignore the laws and take innocent lives.
Army officials have confirmed that the shooter used an unregistered gun at Fort Hood. All guns are supposed to be registered with the base with the proper documentation being shown at the gate, and even then most are not able to get the proper clearance to carry guns on base.
Instead of relying on military police to arrive on the scene after the fact, the gunman could have been taken down much sooner had these soldiers (who are all trained in how to use firearms anyway) been able to protect themselves.
Thanks to Bill Clinton’s 1993 ban on guns at military bases –which was one of his first acts as president — these military bases are basically “gun free zones”, putting our men and women in uniform in harms way just for going to work.
According to Fox News, lawmakers are calling for an end to the strict gun regulations on military bases.
“When our soldiers are unarmed, they will find themselves in a situation like yesterday and in 2009,” Sgt. Howard Ray, a survivor of the 2009 mass shooting in which 13 people were killed, told Fox News.
One source who was at the scene when the Fort Hood lockdown was ordered Wednesday also raised concerns about current DOD policy.
“When will they allow those who have concealed weapon permits to carry them on post?” the individual told Fox News. “We don’t have a way to protect ourselves. … We are all hostages on post.”
Military installations largely do not allow soldiers to be armed or carry personal firearms while on post, except for law enforcement and security personnel.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and is pushing for a stronger call to change the rules.
“We need to harden our military bases so this can’t happen, and one possible way to do that is to allow our veterans and active-duty military … to carry weapons,” he told Fox News. “I guarantee if they had … they could have stopped this guy almost immediately.”
Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times during Nidal Hasan’s rampage in 2009, also said: “If you are allowed to carry a weapon on the base, that’s a deterrent.”
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