A member of the Limits family is a Marine. Pilot to be exact. During the second Gulf War, this member of the clan was deployed a handful of times, and on one occasion returned to find a few other family members waiting on the C-130 when it landed. What shocked the family members was that this Marine – an expert at pistol and a marksman at rifle – turned in the service revolver that is part of issued equipment for combat at the bottom of the airplane steps and is not allowed to carry on base concealed or not.
For all non-military Americans, a big SAY WHAT?! is in order. In one of the dumbest regulations on the books, in this non-military and non-shooter’s opinion, active military are not allowed to carry firearms on base. That ridiculousness first entered the mainstream consciousness after the Fort Hood shooting in 2009 and became even more unbelievable after the shooting at a recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. How is it that these men and women who are trained to defend the nation are not free to defend themselves from danger as they do their jobs? Not being able to carry makes them sitting ducks.
They agree, actually, not that military people are really all that free to say as much. Jazz Shaw tells us that unit cohesion generally trumps free speech on and off base. In combat roles, that is understandable. However, Rassmussen asked the men and women who have pledged their lives for our safety and security if they would like concealed carry on base and guess what, they’re all for it stateside.
A new RallyPoint/Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of active and retired military personnel finds that 81% favor [concealed carry on base].
Just 15% oppose allowing military members with qualified concealed carry licenses to have weapons on domestic bases in the United States. Four percent (4%) are undecided.
How there can be any opposition to concealed carry on base by people who know darn well and good how and when to shoot? That is one of the great mysteries of the universe at this point.
Current Department of Defense policy states, “It is DoD policy to limit and control the carrying of firearms by DoD military and civilian personnel. The authorization to carry firearms shall be issued only to qualified personnel when there is a reasonable expectation that life or DoD assets will be jeopardized if firearms are not carried.”
Congress has taken steps to fix this issue by putting amendments in the current National Defense Authorization Act opposed by the Obama White House for having no provision to close Guantanamo Bay’s prison in Cuba. There is no excuse for leaving active military sitting ducks for the members who do not follow the law or those who wish to harm them from the outside. Military people want to arm themselves on base. It’s the least a grateful nation can allow them to do.