WASHINGTON. September 16, 2013. – Why in God’s name do we make our military people so vulnerable that they have to rely on the DC police today?
Confusion swirled around the shootings at the Washington Naval Yard today. Was it one gunman or was it several? How did this gunman or gunmen get access to a secured military facility? How did one rifle and possibly one shotgun get onto a secured military facility?
Over the next few days these questions will be answered but there is one question that must be answered.
When will we learn from these tragedies?
The early reports about the shooting talked about the police officers that responded to the shooting. At least two cops are among the victims.
Let’s think about this for a second.
The United States Navy is one of the most powerful military organizations in the world. The Navy’s arsenal could wipe most nations off the face of the earth. It was the Navy that killed Osama Bin Laden.
So why was one of our most important Naval facilities so vulnerable?
It is because it was made a gun free zone.
Like Washington D.C., one of the crime capitols of America, the Washington Navy Yard was a gun free zone. Translation: It was a target rich environment.
The United States Navy is actually made up of two parts. The first is the Navy, the other part is the United States Marine Corps.
The Marines advertise themselves as “The Few, The Proud, The Marines.” They have a storied history of fighting incredible battles against overwhelming odds. Before political correctness killed it, the Marines used to refer to themselves as the “Mens’ Department of the Navy.”
Marines and a lot of sailors are trained to use weapons.
This is Fort Hood all over again.
At Fort Hood, Nidal Hasan burst in on soldiers preparing to deploy. Even though many of these soldiers were combat trained, they were not allowed to carry weapons at Fort Hood.
Hasan was only stopped when he was shot by civilian police officers on the base.
Now we have seen the same tragedy revisited at the Washington Navy Yard.
These tragedies are not simply limited to Fort Hood and the Washington Naval Yard. When a crazy gunman wants to go on a rampage, where do they choose to go on their rampage? They choose a gun free zone. Columbine was a gun free zone. So was Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook.
The problem in America is not too many guns. The problem is we listen to politicians who should not even be entrusted to decide what is for dinner. We have seen this pattern too often.
Politicians, many of whom are protected by armed men, disarm Americans and make us victims.
The cold, hard truth is when Americans are armed they can fight back and shootings like Fort Hood and the Navy Yard would not happen. Our founding fathers understood this.
How many more times are we going to let the politicians be wrong before we the people stand up and tell them no?
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