This morning at 0830 the United States Naval Yard was attacked by a gunman dressed in military attire using an AR-15 rifle, a shotgun and a sidearm. He was more equipped than the 12 people he killed on the base who were not permitted to carry weapons on the base thanks to former President Bill Clinton. In 1993 the president issued orders that barred members of the military and their civilian contractors from carrying personal firearms on base. Even officers were disarmed under the law.
In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones. Because of Mr. Clinton, terrorists would face more return fire if they attacked a Texas Wal-Mart than the gunman faced at Fort Hood, home of the heavily armed and feared 1st Cavalry Division. That’s why a civilian policewoman from off base was the one whose marksmanship ended Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s rampage.
Current President Barack Obama addressed the nation today about the killings saying
“We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military institution in our nation’s capital. It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work doing their job protecting all of us. They are patriots and they know the dangers of serving abroad but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t expect here at home.”
After news of the shootings this morning broke, the media immediately went into full spin mode. One Hollywood actor, Henry Winkler, began to clamor for gun control. He tweeted: “ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other”. The actor makes a big mistake in promoting gun control however. The guns aren’t the problem.
Research shows that allowing individuals to defend themselves dramatically reduces the rates of multiple victim public shootings. Even if attacks still occur, having civilians with permitted concealed handguns limits the damage. A major factor in determining how many people are harmed by these killers is the amount of time that elapses between when the attack starts and someone is able to arrive on the scene with a gun. Ten minutes must have seemed like an eternity to those trapped in the attack at Ft. Hood. All the multiple victim public shootings in the U.S. — in which more than three people have been killed — have all occurred in places where concealed handguns have been banned.
We’ve seen time and time again the consequences of gun control, and of disarming the military. From Fort Hood to the Washington Naval Yard, we have seen enough killings to know what happens when people are forced to depend on the government to protect their lives. The Clinton-era ban on members of the military being able to carry should be repealed immediately.