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John Lott 2009: End Army Base ‘Gun Free Zones’

Here is a 2009 article by John Lott, the author of ‘More Guns, Less Crime," written not long after the Ft. Hood shooting, via the archives of Fox News:

Time to Put An End to Army Bases as Gun-Free Zones

By John Lott | November 10, 2009

Shouldn’t an army base be the last place where a terrorist should be able to shoot at people uninterrupted for 10 minutes? After all, an army base is filled with soldiers who carry guns, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Beginning in March 1993, under the Clinton administration, the army forbids military personnel from carrying their own personal firearms and mandates that "a credible and specific threat against [Department of the Army] personnel [exist] in that region" before military personnel "may be authorized to carry firearms for personal protection." Indeed, most military bases have relatively few military police as they are in heavy demand to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The unarmed soldiers could do little more than cower as Major Nidal Malik Hasan stood on a desk and shot down into the cubicles in which his victims were trapped…

The law-abiding, not the criminals, are the ones who obey the ban on guns. Instead of making areas safe for victims, the bans make it safe for the criminal. Hasan not only violated the army’s ban on carrying a gun, he also apparently violated the rules that require soldiers to register privately owned guns at the post.

Research shows that allowing individuals to defend themselves dramatically reduces the rates of multiple victim public shootings. Even if attacks still occur, having civilians with permitted concealed handguns limits the damage. A major factor in determining how many people are harmed by these killers is the amount of time that elapses between when the attack starts and someone is able to arrive on the scene with a gun. Ten minutes must have seemed like an eternity to those trapped in the attack at Ft. Hood. All the multiple victim public shootings in the U.S. — in which more than three people have been killed — have all occurred in places where concealed handguns have been banned

But that is probably just a coincidence.

For the safety of our soldiers and citizens, we hope that this simple fact about the Ft. Hood attack and the role that gun-free zones played in allowing yet another multiple victim public shooting becomes part of the news coverage itself. The political debate about guns would be quite different if even once in a while a news story clearly explained that there has been another multiple victim public shooting in a gun-free zone.

And four years later, we still haven’t had this debate.

Meanwhile, we have this disconcerting news from the Washington Post:

Audit: Felons gained access to military sites

By Ed O’Keefe | September 16, 2013

At least 52 convicted felons have received routine unauthorized access to military installations in recent years, according to a federal watchdog report on security at several U.S. Navy installations set for release in the coming days.

The findings by the Defense Department Office of Inspector General are part of an audit of the Navy’s procedures for granting access to bases. The audit reviewed security operations at Navy installations in Virginia and the District, including the Washington Navy Yard, according to a summary of the audit posted in the agency’s August newsletter. The summary does not provide details about the findings, but inspector general investigations are typically launched in response to a credible report of lapses or wrongdoing.

Draft copies of the audit were shared with some congressional offices on Monday just hours after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. A congressional aide who has seen a copy of the draft audit said that the report mentions that at least 52 convicted felons had access to military installations

Granted Aaron Alex had recently been given clearance to enter the Navy Yard via his subcontractor job. But maybe the government enacts even more gun control laws that won’t be enforced, they should start doing better background checks.

And maybe they should stop handing out security clearances willy-nilly.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “John Lott 2009: End Army Base ‘Gun Free Zones’”

  1. Unarmed military.

    Help. I’ve fallen up into madness and I can’t get out ..

  2. GUNS in the old west, it was called “The Great Equalizer.” No matter how weak or small a man was, the gun made him equal to every other man, ….or beast.

    All the victims of gun crime, were those who chose to obey the law. As another saying goes, “It’s better to be judged by 12, than carried by 6.” At some point people are just going to have to ignore laws to save their own life. Buy a gun and hide it in your jacket. Not allowed to own a gun? Whoopie-ding dong! Neither is 1/2 of Detroit, and you can bet they are armed.

    Those people who know the government is slow and incompetent should never assume that their life will be saved by these same people.

    • captstubby

      ” god made man but samuel colt made them equal”

      note;
      the link i found to get this worded right did not capitilize “God.”

      maybe the openmothers will understand this one;

      ‘God made man and woman; Colonel Colt made them equal’.”
      Ann Coulter.

      didn’t think so.

  3. JohnG911

    Clinton imposed many lunatic mandates on virtually every branch of government but I also blame Bush for not having the courage to undo Clinton’s lunacy. Bush should have fire all of Clinton’s appointees and withdraw all of Clinton’s executive orders and mandates within his first month as president.




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