The Fort Hood shooting, which claimed four lives, is renewing debate about whether open gun-carrying should be allowed on military bases. Supporters say it might have prevented Wednesday's rampage by a soldier, accused of killing three people and wounding 16 others - before taking his own life.
Not to mention the November 2009 Fort Hood rampage by Nidal Hasan, a then-Army psychiatrist and Medical Corps officer, who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul came out in support of open-carrying on military bases Wednesday, just hours after the shootings. Mediaite reports that The Texas Republican told FOX News host Megyn Kelly, "I personally think if you're trained for combat, you ought to be able to carry a weapon." He said it's undeniable that terrorists are targeting U.S. military bases and said, "It seems to me that there is some logic to allow them to carry weapons on a military base where they can defend themselves."
Conservative HotAir.com explains why the current open-carry-on-military base rule should be repealed.
The no-guns policy, which is normally associated with Clinton, actually dates back to Bush 41's Defense Department. It's lasted more than 20 years and has now survived more than one mass shooting on a military base, despite sporadic Republican attempts to undo it.
At this point, what possible reason is there to deny troops the right to carry where they're stationed? Cops are allowed to carry their sidearms inside the precinct (and take them home), no? Obviously, there's no worry about soldiers lacking the proper training on how to safely handle a weapon.
The policy seems essentially gestural: The federal government discourages American citizens from carrying concealed, so, to demonstrate its disapproval, it's going to force its own military to do without when they're not in combat. How's that working out?
Many agree with this view.
Sandy Hook shooting spree lasted approximately 11 minutes. Ft. Hood shooting spree lasted 15-20 on a MILITARY BASE. http://t.co/ec2bnHNK8d- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 3, 2014
In Israel teachers carry guns. In some schools in the US teachers carry. Go to a military base in the US and you have to lock your gun up.- Russell Caseman (@TheBigRuss77) April 3, 2014
But that's far from a universal position, with others expression caution about allowing open-carrying of firearms on military bases.