Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen told the folks at “Meet the Press” yesterday that he opposes arming the troops when they’re at work on military bases. This is not my shocked face. Mullen has a history of taking the emotion-based politically correct position on most common sense issues.
Mullen said that he thinks the best way to assure safer bases is to focus on the mental health of soldiers returning from war.
“I’m not one, as someone who’s been on many, many bases and posts, that would argue for arming anybody that’s on base.”
But Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said on “Fox News Sunday” that — if more armed personnel could lead to safer bases — he would be in support of officials carrying guns on U.S. military installations.
He added that “across-the-board cuts” would have negative effects on security and mental health services, Kaine added.
Yeah, when you’re taking the liberal stance on an issue while a Democrat takes the common sense approach, maybe it’s time to re-examine your position. While I agree that the improvement of healthcare for soldiers should be a priority, that has nothing to do with this issue. Improved healthcare wouldn’t have helped Lopez – the attack was planned; he bought the weapon days before the attack and took the weapon on post with him with a clear intent to use it that day.
Since it’s been mandated that the troops can’t take weapons to work, it exposes them to criminals and terrorists. Anyone who has tried to go to work on Fort Bragg through the Yadkin Road gate knows what I’m talking about. A mile of traffic stalled along a road through pine barrens. The last time I did that was probably more than 20 years ago, no telling what traffic is like along there now. But my point is that there are hundreds of unarmed soldiers going to work with no place to hide from a well-planned ambush, or even a half-assed planned ambush and no way to protect themselves.
There’s no way that gate guards can check every vehicle for hidden weapons as hundreds, if not thousands of troops are passing through the gates, so the only people who are going to be tempted to bring their weapons on post are those who do so with ill-intent.
Mullen has never really been interested in the health of the force, mostly he bows and scrapes to his political masters. You’d think that now that he’s retired, he’d stop the kowtowing, but old habits die hard, I suppose.
If we can’t trust the troops to carry their weapons legally, why do we even have a military? Just more emotional bullshit. I don’t see any reason why anyone above the rank of E-4, who is legally licensed to carry a concealed weapon off-post can’t legally carry one on post as well. What’s the message that the troops are receiving from their leadership when hand-wringing pansies like Mullen make these proclamations?
Category: Military issues