LESSON FROM FT. HOOD

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, walked into a facility on Ft. Hood, armed with two semi-automatic pistols, and slaughtered a dozen of our nations finest, and wounded scores more. It was a brutal act of senseless violence. Unfortunately, it was not the first, nor the last time that this type of attack will happen. It was, however, the first time that a rampage of this magnitude has taken place at a military facility, and this illustrates one fact that can not be denied. Gun free zones are slaughter zones.

You would be hard pressed to find a more well prepared group of victims than those gunned down at Ft. Hood today. These were highly trained troops, some on their way to combat, and some on their way home from a war zone. These are people who knew how to react quickly to violence against them, and how to neutralize the threat with the minimum risk to themselves. Yet, it didn’t matter today, and here is why…the only people armed were military and civilian police, and the bad guy. Sound familiar?

The rules for carrying weapons on an Army post are the same at every base. The only people allowed to carry weapons on the base are military police. Most personnel must check their firearms daily and are only allowed to be removed from an arms room for training on a range or maintenance. All ammo is signed out and accounted for. Personal weapons must be kept locked and registered with the base provost marshal, and the military police keep a records of all weapons on a base. Essentially, Ft. Hood is a “Gun Free Zone”.

Does anyone really think that this mass murderer would have carried out the same attack at the training range? Would he have been successful if these soldiers had been carrying their service weapons? I think not. If ever there was an illustration for the need for personal protection, today’s tragedy is it.

Keep that in mind the next time some idiot tells you there is no need for individuals to carry a gun.

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