Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Insane Base Policy Endangers Service Members
Another tragedy unfolded at Fort Hood today, as one or more individuals with weapon(s) shot multiple individuals. I don't know the details, the motivation, and I will not speculate. I will, however, note that Fort Hood, like every military installation I have encountered, does not allow military members to carry weapons onto base in their vehicles.
This story demonstrates, as such shootings always do in "gun free" zones, the simple truth that criminals are not deterred with weapon bans. When an active shooter situation occurs, such dangerous and backward policies only succeed in leaving innocent Americans disarmed and vulnerable. Such ridiculous base policies nearly guarantee that the body count of dead and injured innocent Americans during such tragedies, will be higher than would be the case if service members could protect themselves when tragedy strikes.
It is incredibly unfortunate that Americans are not allowed to exercise their second amendment right to keep and bear arms, a right that shall not be infringed. But it is a right infringed routinely in America. Even for military members, engaged in the business of lethality and defending their nation.
Service members in Texas, like everybody else, can carry weapons in their vehicles anywhere in that state without so much as a permit or license. But they must remember to take their constitutionally protected tools of defense out of their vehicles when they go to work to Fort Hood, or Randolph, or Lackland, or Dyess, or Laughlin, or Sheppard, or NAS Corpus Christi, and other locations across the nation. They must then hope that they and their family members are not murdered by those who do not disarm when they go through the gate.
It is a sad irony that a military installation is so dangerous to innocent Americans. Shelter in place is not a solution, anymore than a herd of antelope freezing deters a lion. It is insane.
Policies that disarm service members and their families on military installations are stupid, unconstitutional, and life threatening. They need to be ended immediately by every installation commander who cares about the lives of his or her service members and their families.
It's a real shame the first Fort Hood massacre didn't make that clear.