During this past Ft. Hood shooting it took police up to 15 minutes to respond.
Afterwards, at a press conference on the shooting which left four dead and 16 injured, Lt. Gen Mark A. Milley was asked if they should overturn the gun ban.
His response was “No, I don’t think soldiers should have concealed weapons on base, We have law enforcement agents and trained professionals and I don’t endorse carrying concealed.”
He also stated that it took police “10 to 15 minutes” to arrive on the scene of the shooting, long after several people were shot.
“I think law enforcement acted very rapidly and swiftly given the nature of the circumstances,” he said.
During a shooting mere seconds can mean life or death. In this attack if the soldiers were allowed to have a gun the lives lost would have been lowered to possibly only one fatality. That of the shooter that was trying to kill everyone.
The D.O.D. policy turned America’s military bases into victim disarmament zones and gun bans in general exacerbate mass shootings by preventing law-abiding citizens from carrying weapons for their protection.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tx.) said, “Only the most out-of-touch radical would try to disarm soldiers. It’s time to repeal this deadly anti-gun law before it creates another mass killing.”
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature,” he wrote. “They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”
“Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants,” he added. “They serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
What are your thoughts on the concealed carry gun ban? Do you feel that soldiers should be allowed to carry guns?