Thursday, November 05, 2009

Ft. Hood Killings

I am not very familiar with the ways of the Military, so I was surprised to learn--in the wake of today's killings at Fort Hood, that soldiers do not typically carry weapons on base. Only military police and authorized security personnel do. This was a shocking revelation, because every time there is a shooting at a school, in a civic centre, or any public place whatsoever, the Second Amendment freaks (as opposed to ordinary Second Amendment supporters) always say that if teachers, students, employees, the general public (anyone really) carried a weapon all the time we would not have anything to fear, or--at the very least--we'd be able to respond to fire with fire.

I always thought such argument insane, and I was heartened to hear Lt. General Robert W. Cone, commanding officer at Fort Hood, say this about the fact that soldiers do not carry weapons withing the base's confines: "As a matter of practice, we don't carry weapons here, this is our home."

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