I recently came across an article on ConcealedNation.org, Bill Will Allow Concealed Carry On Military Posts. I bring up the topic of this article, for I feel that it has become a necessary topic. Recently, the shooting in Chattanooga has brought about debated over many issues, such as terrorism, gun laws, military, etc. Although the article was written this past May 2015, there is a connection between this and the new debate of the recent shooting.
This article talks of an amendment in, what was a newly House passed bill. It continues to describe how this amendment will “[grant] authority to military base commanders to allow concealed carry of firearms on military installations, either for personal defense or as a force multiple, if they deem it necessary…” This bill is particularly interesting considering the unfortunate news of a Navy lieutenant commander waiting to hear whether he will be charged with an offense. Whether this sailor is charged or not, the ultimate fact is that he was protecting others in time of endangerment, like he is meant to in his line of work.
If this law was in affect, the possible indictment of the lieutenant commander would not be a possibility. Like many other have commented before me on this topic, it is outrageous that a military member would be punished for doing his job. I personally believe U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), John Carter (R-Texas) and Scott Rigell (R-Virginia) have the right idea. With the passing of this bill, we the people will begin to take back control of the Second Amendment.
Congressman McCaul gave the perfect reasonings about the bill when releasing a statement.
“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.”
For these very reasons, as well as the shooting in Chattanooga which killed 5 military members on military grounds, this bill is necessary.
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