Tuesday, September 17, 2013
If you want to blame somebody besides the Navy Yard shooter, blame Bill Clinton
One of the first things Bill Clinton did as President was to sign an executive order that prohibited servicemen and women from carrying their personal firearms while on duty on base. This also prohibited commanders from issuing firearms to service personnel while on base.
The absurd establishment, by Bill Clinton, of US military bases as gun-free zones is what made the Ft. Hood massacre possible and was at least, an aggravating factor in yesterday's Navy Yard massacre.
It took police 5-7 minutes to arrive on the scene yesterday. That's 5-7 extremely long minutes when a lunatic with a gun is shooting at you. If only a few service people had their legal conceal/carry weapons, this guy would probably have been stopped before the police arrived and who knows how many lives saved? The same thing goes for Ft. Hood.
How outrageous is it that a shooter at a Publix supermarket here in Birmingham would meet more armed resistance than he would at the nearest military base? Thanks Bill Clinton.
UPDATE: So there seems to be some confusion as to whether the ban on personal firearms carried by service personnel on bases, was implemented during the end of G.H.W.Bush's term or the beginning of Bill Clinton's, or both. There were a couple of directives but I'm not clear on which one actually banned personal weapons. When I get it cleared up, I'll post a correction if needed.
Still, concealed/carry firearms at Ft. Hood and the Navy Yard would almost certainly stopped the killing well before the cops arrived from off base or MP's from the front gate.