“Gun Free Zones” on Military Bases: Real Effective, Right?

Cops investigate the door frame of the Marines office in Chattanooga

After gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a Muslim immigrant from Kuwait, allegedly shot and killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, former NYPD detective Harry Houck said the military’s “gun-free zone” mindset has to change.

Speaking to CNN Newsroom, Houck said, “I’m a Marine. And this really is hitting me a little harder here than normal that [these Marines] weren’t able to protect themselves at the time this occurred.”

“We need people that are armed,” he added. [breitbart.com and CNN.com 7/16/15]

Why is this even a question?

“The Tennessean” reports that Abdulazeez pulled in front of a recruiting location, shared by various military branches, and shot holes through the “doors and glass… [of] the… Air Force, Navy and Marine offices.” He allegedly did this while sitting in his car.

The advocates of gun-free zones for military bases have made their point. Their point was that if military bases can forbid guns, so can everyone else in society. Their premise was: “Guns kill people; not people. Get rid of the guns, and we’ll be fine.”

How well are gun-free zones working out on military bases, you advocates of gun control?

I realize that nothing will change. Advocates of gun control will push even harder for gun restrictions, both on and off military bases. Such people are impervious to reason, as we can only assume that something other than reason (as well as gun control) is their actual motive.

The idea of a gun-free zone on a military base is so absurd it’s almost funny — only it’s not. Ask the four dead marines, or — more specifically — their loved ones and colleagues left behind.

We keep insisting that by getting rid of guns for law-abiding people — even military people, the ones best trained and prepared to actually use guns — that we’ll somehow rid ourselves of violence. This is madness almost too hideous to contemplate.

This is such a colossal and massive evasion that one can hardly believe we have to debate it.

The “gun-free zone” mentality is the product of a deeper, twisted and downright sick belief that Americans have no right to defend themselves. Disarming our vulnerable soldiers on military bases is an overt expression of the attitude, “Look at us. We’re so humble, so self-effacing and so pacifistic that we’ll leave ourselves open to being killed.” These policies have everything to do with satisfying the self-conscious urges of “progressive” anti-gun phobics to be seen as opposing violence, while having nothing whatsoever to do with actual sanity or safety.

We insist that Islam is a religion of peace. Yet every single one of these events occurs in the name of Islam. (No, the full story is not yet out on this shooter; but does anyone really doubt it?) We permit our leaders to maintain that outlawing guns will solve the problem, starting with outlawing guns on military bases. And what happens? We see more murders on military bases than ever before. These events were unprecedented before we started initiating these insane, self-destructive policies.

It does not seem possible that mistakes of this magnitude could be entirely the result of naiveté or stupidity. It’s something much worse than that. Nobody seems to have a name for it, and can hardly believe that things have really sunk so low in a once proud and great society; yet it’s happening, right before our eyes.

Todd Starnes [foxnews.com]: In response to the shooting Homeland Security ordered enhanced security measures at federal buildings. Since they can’t carry weapons what are they going to do? How are they going to defend themselves against the next Muhammad Abdulazeez — lock the doors, pull the shades?

It’s time to arm the Armed Forces.

You think?

Something has gone seriously wrong in a society where the majority permit — and even encourage — the government to disarm its own military. There’s something deeply sick and masochistic about this.

I think we have to look at why we’re allowing this to happen, and what manner and approach of thinking will be required to start asserting our basic right to live, and be free of the violence of these religiously fanatical murderers.

Guns are not the problem — killers are. Guns in the hands of qualified military personnel and peaceful citizens? That’s a good thing. Guns in the hands of mostly (if not exclusively) Muslim, sadistic killers? That’s a bad thing.

Get real, America. It’s OK to think — and say — what’s plainly, patently and obviously true.


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