Congressman Steve Stockman's short and to the point op-ed in USA Today this morning was simple and to the point. Its our belief he received and read First L.T. Patrick Cook's open letter to congress last night, and decided to expound on L.T.'s request. Nothing needs to be said, other than these two Patriot's opinion pieces, pleadings, and common sense suggestions.
Stockman's piece is below, and I wrote about First Lt Cook's piece earlier today. Nothice right in the middle of Stockman's op-ed, USA Today couldn't help but insert their opinion at the top, in an attempt to drive the viewers to their far longer, and destructive anti-Second Amendment opinion piece!
From USA TODAY
"The ban on allowing military personnel to carry weapons on base is a 20-year experiment that failed and places servicemembers in danger.
The April 2 tragedy at Fort Hood was the third mass shooting on a military base in five years. That's because our trained servicemembers aren't allowed to carry their weapons under a regulation implemented in 1993. Before the ban, there were not large numbers of gun accidents or shootings on military bases.
Like most others, this spree ended when the killer was confronted by a military police officer with a weapon and he killed himself. However, she could not arrive until after he shot 19 unarmed soldiers. Three tragically died.
Had the first person the killer confronted been carrying a weapon, as the government spent hundreds of millions training them to do, lives would have been saved.
"When our soldiers are unarmed, they will find themselves in a situation like yesterday and in 2009," Sgt. Howard Ray, a survivor of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, told Fox News on Thursday.
In fact, a Monday shooting at a Los Angeles police station was stopped in seconds by an officer carrying a weapon. Only one officer was wounded.
In 1991, just 6 miles from Fort Hood, we suffered a mass shooting at a Luby's cafeteria. One victim could only watch helplessly because under the law, she had to leave her gun in her car.
Texas responded to this tragedy by passing a bill allowing civilians to carry concealed weapons in public. While mass shootings nationwide have declined in the 20 years since the passage of concealed-carry laws in many states, they have escalated on military bases since the ban.
That's why I introduced H.R. 3199, the Safe Military Bases Act. It's currently in the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
The 20-year experiment has failed. Rather than make bases safer, stripping trained servicemembers of weapons has turned them into soft targets for mass killers.
It's time to restore the right of trained soldiers to carry their firearms. No reasonable person can oppose that."