Military policy on weapons explained

July 31, 2013

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
Rockton, Ill.

From the July 31-Aug. 6, 2013, issue

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