Congress is considering part of the NDAA which would allow military installation commanders to allow military personnel to keep firearms on base. I have blogged previously here and here and here about the insane installation policies which disarm members of the armed forces when they travel to and from work, unlike their civilian neighbors, despite the fact that military members and their families are targeted by terrorists here in the United States.
There is a chance lawmakers will graciously extend our Second Amendment rights to service members so that they can protect themselves.
U.S. Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, an author of the law that passed the House of Representatives, wrote:
"Texas has twice mourned the loss of our soldiers and civilians after shootings at Fort Hood just north of my district. In 2009, Nidal Hassan walked into Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Center, shouted Allahu Akbar, and opened fire, killing 13 and wounding 42 others in the most horrific terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Five years later, another shooter opened fire on the base, killing four and wounding 16 others . Enough is enough. We must give our base commanders more discretion and our soldiers more protection. Thousands of my constituents in Texas already exercise this right responsibly. It is time for our service members to be allowed to do the same."
Let's hope these legislators succeed in their attempt to ensure that common sense is not infringed. It could very well save American lives.