Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, says he’s going to try to do something about the ban that prevents members of the U.S. military from being armed while on military bases.
The policies have allowed two mass shootings in recent years – Nidal Hasan’s attack that killed 13 and injured dozens at Fort Hood in Texas several years ago and Aaron Alexis’ attack on the Washington Navy Yard, where a dozen were killed, last week.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone whipped out a gun back and shot that SOB” Stockman said, “It’s really wrong that we have a policy in which we don’t trust our military to protect themselves.”
His comments came at a Liberty Political Action Conference just days ago, and were reported by Red Alert Politics.
Stockman said his plan is to introduce a bill to let military personnel pack heat while on military bases.
He explained not only will there be authorization to carry weapons, but permission to fire back in the event an armed combatant opens fire on a base.
“You know, it is really strange, and one of the things we’re introducing which we’ll, you’ll be the first to hear this, is that, do you all find it odd that somebody can pull out a gun on a military base and our guys can’t shoot back?” he asked.
“I don’t know about you but I’m sitting there going, ‘that is the strangest thing.’ These are the guys that we entrust to protect our families. These are the guys that we entrust to protect our country. These are the guys who, by the way, we have trained. And what do we do? We say, ‘excuse me, you can protect our nation but you better not protect yourselves.'”
He continued, “I want every military man to have a sidearm, and if somebody goes crazy, there will nine people or 10 people shooting back.”
The current rules, set up under President George H.W. Bush in 1992, prohibit concealed carry on military bases and specify that every gun kept on a military base must be registered with the base.
In addition, in order to use a gun for any purpose ranging from hunting to target shooting, it must be checked out.
Both of the attacks attributed to Hasan and Alexis happened at a location where members of the military, although present, were unable to return fire because they were unarmed.
According to Yahoo News, Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, also thinks members of the military should be allowed to carry weapons.
And John R. Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” said the the Pentagon simply “disarmed” service members.
“The law-abiding, not the criminals, are the ones who obey the ban on guns,” Lott wrote about the 2009 attack by Hasan at Fort Hood. “Instead of making areas safe for victims, the bans make it safe for the criminal.”
Judson Phillips, of Tea Party Nation, told the Washington Times, “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.”
Members of the U.S. military, say they are reviewing security processes following the latest shooting on a base targeting unarmed workers.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama said at a memorial for victims of the Navy Yard shooting that there should be more gun restrictions.
“If we really want to honor these 12 men and women – if we really want to be a country where we can go to work, go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen with a bullet from a gun – then we’re going to have to change,” he warned.