Sunday, December 6, 2015
Dyess AFB Leads the Way - Common Sense Firearm Policy
According to this release, Colonel David Benson, the wing commander at Dyess AFB, has authorized airmen at his base to carry firearms in their vehicles. Now those driving to and from work can exercise the same rights as civilians in Abilene, Texas and can defend themselves and their families should they fall victim to tragedy.
Benson's policy requires airmen have a concealed carry permit to have their weapons secured in their vehicles. While the requirement for a government permit and government permission to keep and bear arms is itself unconstitutional, this is still a step in the right direction. This decision is good common sense that will make airmen and their families at Dyess AFB safer against violent criminals, active shooters, and foreign threats that target service members here in the United States.
I have been calling for an end to this insanity for some time now. After service members were killed at Fort Hood. Then after the Navy Shipyard murder. Then again, after service members were again murdered at Fort Hood. Then yet again after foreign radicals murdered service members in Tennessee. It has taken far too many service member lives here at home, but finally it seems there is hope for military folks and their families who wish to exercise their right to defend themselves should the unthinkable happen to them.
While this is low hanging fruit, it took some courage from the wing commander who surely knows an accidental discharge or action from a careless airmen with a firearm will not be good for his career. But it's not about his career, it's about his airmen and this policy is the right thing to do. This wing commander gets it.
It's a breath of fresh air to see leadership make a good decision for service members in their charge. I hope other installation commanders can learn from Colonel Benson's example.