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Why Don't We Trust Our Military With Guns?

Why Don't We Trust Our Military With Guns?
A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 6, 2019, in Pensacola, Florida. (Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

Michael Reagan By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 28 December 2019 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Up until 1992, there was no problem with members of the military being armed while stationed at bases here in the USA. Why would there be? In a volunteer armed force the members are presumed to be patriotic and willing to defend the nation. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to defend themselves, too?

That logic obviously escaped President George H. W. Bush when he first considered banning arms on U.S. bases in 1992 and it was implemented by anti-gun President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Since then, there have been at least three shootings of disarmed members of the military obeying the regulation by shooters who had no interest in obeying the regulation. Proving once again ‘gun control’ only controls the law-abiding.

The latest shooting of unarmed members of the military took place at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, when a Saudi Arabian national opened fire and killed three and wounded another eight people.

In the wake of that senseless shooting a group of U.S. Navy instructor pilots contacted Fox News and told reporters they are asking the Pentagon to authorize arming the military again. They are not alone in their desire.

Fox found a senior U.S. Army officer who said, “We trust 18-year-old privates in combat with grenades, anti-tank missiles, rifles and machine guns, but we let service members get slaughtered because we don’t trust anyone to be armed back here in the United States.”

The unarmed naval aviators agree.

The Pentagon counters that there are armed guards on every base who are authorized to respond to violence. These are the ‘guards’ described by three pilots who talked to Fox. “One pilot called base security at NAS Pensacola and other Navy bases ‘mall cops,’ because protection on the base has been outsourced to private security and many were ‘fat and out of shape.’

“‘I have zero confidence the guy I show my ID card to at the gate could save me,’ one pilot added.”

And as it turns out, when the ‘guards’ were needed most, the guards didn’t perform.

The shooter was killed by responding law enforcement officers from outside the base. The officers arrived as quickly as they could, but it still took them 10 agonizingly long minutes to arrive on the scene.

During that ten minutes the shooter had free reign to hunt down unarmed service members at his leisure.

Unfortunately, the chances for sanity emerging in this discussion are slim. When Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke with Fox in regard to arming service members in the USA his response was the usual meaningless public relations argle-bargle that characterizes our ineffective political class.

“We're looking at that right now. We can always strive to do better. But at the same time, these are communities. We've got to balance out all those interests. But yeah, we should and can do better. And we're looking at that right now. And I work closely with the service secretaries and the service chiefs to get that right.”

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

© Mike Reagan

Up until 1992, there was no problem with members of the military being armed while stationed at bases here in the USA.
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Saturday, 28 December 2019 09:30 AM
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