I’m not so sure that Army Spec. Ivan Antonio Lopez used a Smith & Wesson M&P .45 as a “tool to capture someone’s attention” to get help. But I am sure that the sooner a killer is confronted by an armed defender the better. I’m equally confident that anyone who says “There’s not a need to have fear of guns” on msnbc without being shouted down, ridiculed or condescendingly contradicted has scored a major victory. If that someone is an African American, pro-gun folks score bonus firearms freedom points. In fact, reality is breaking out all over. Check this tidbit from none other than washingtonpost.com . . .
Practically speaking, [the army] acknowledged that there was little they could have done to prevent him from sneaking a weapon onto the sprawling Army post, where more than 50,000 people work each day. Although military police carry out random security checks, requiring everyone to pass through metal detectors would be “frankly untenable,” said Army Col. Steven H. Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
So there’s no way to make a gun-free zone a true gun-free zone. Who knew? Other than anyone who didn’t think about it rationally. Oh look! Here comes one now, an Iraqi vet writing for huffingtonpost.com:
The military has more restrictive gun laws than the civilian world. It is the civilian world that is infringing on the military’s safety, not the other way around. By this, I mean that on military bases, no one can carry around a personal firearm, a regulation instituted under President George H.W. Bush. At Ft. Hood, specifically, personal firearms for those living on base must be registered with the Directorate of Emergency Services, and if you are living in barracks or temporary housing, they then must be reported to your commander, who can order them to be stored in the arms room.
In the civilian world, as is well known, there are plenty of loopholes in the law, and expired laws, like the Assault Weapons Ban. This allows someone to purchase a gun off base, bring it on base, and unleash carnage. The tougher it is to get a gun in the civilian world, the less likely someone could get one and bring them on base, to murder service members. This doesn’t even get into the “Terror Gap,” which has kept suspected terrorists from being flagged in a background check, allowing them to buy weapons to use against troops, and others.
I’m not saying that Jon Soltz, Co-Founder of VoteVets.org and Iraq War Veteran is delusional. No wait. I am. But would I take away his gun rights? Nope. Would he take mine? Oh yeah. And that’s the gulf war we fight right here at home.