In the Fort Hood shooting, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 others. On an Army base. Now you might think that an Army base would be the second worst place for a spree killer to attack, right after a gun range. But no; the U.S. Army prohibits concealed weapons on its U.S. bases save those weapons used for training or security. This gun-free zone policy, plus the Fort Hood massacre, has spurred debate on both sides of the gun control issue. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Prez Paul Helmke: “This latest tragedy, at a heavily fortified army base, ought to convince more Americans to reject the argument that the solution to gun violence is to arm more people with more guns in more places. Lt. General Cone: “As a matter of practice, we do not carry weapons on Fort Hood. This is our home.” Home, schmome. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has introduced a bill to reverse the Army’s prohibition: S. 3388 which is . . .
A bill to protect the rights under the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States of members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense by prohibiting the Department of Defense from requiring the registration of privately-owned firearms, ammunition, or other weapons not stored in facilities owned or operated by the Department of Defense, and by prohibiting the Department of Defense from infringing on the right of individuals to lawfully acquire, possess, own, carry, or otherwise use privately owned firearms, ammunition, or other weapons on property not owned or operated by the Department of Defense.
militarytimes.com reports that Inhofe will “Try to get his bill, S 3388, attached as an amendment to the 2011 defense authorization bill that the armed services committee will be writing. He also could offer it as an amendment to the bill later this year when the measure comes to the Senate floor.”