- Lee Hamilton: President, Congress should work together on military intervention
- Ethnic Parade and Festival Sunday, Sept. 21
- Symphony begins 80th season Sept. 20
- Vikings bar Adrian Peterson from team activities
- Mr. Green Car: A car from your printer
- Candle Crest owners to open their first store and manufacturing operation in Rockford
- DuPont ordered to pay $1.85M for killing trees
- Rockford hosts America’s largest World War II-era re-enactment Sept. 20-21
- Guest Column: Former alderman: Rail station should be on Cedar Street
- A visit to The Wall That Heals
Military policy on weapons explained
In response to Tim Hughes and John Kight (gun law enforcement debate), military personnel are not allowed to carry weapons “in garrison” on military bases. I know, because I spent 11 years at Fort Drum, N.Y., and even had a New York State concealed carry permit. This prohibition was imposed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Since I lived on Post, I was required to register my firearms. The issue at hand is, should troops be required to register their weapons if they live off base. Using Fort Hood as an example, are you really suggesting that the jihadist who lived off-Post, had legally purchased his firearms, would not have jumped up and yelled “allahu akbar” and begun his suicide mission if his guns were registered? I cannot imagine the fantasy world someone must live in to believe that.
If you recall, it was two civilian police officers who stopped the murder, since the Department of Defense has contracted out most base security. The number killed was 14.
So-called “gun-free” zones are mass murder magnets.
I also share Mr. Kight’s anger that we are still unwilling to do what is necessary to stop the next inevitable school shooting. What will be our excuse then?
William J. Lee
From the July 31-Aug. 6, 2013, issue