Domestic military installations and recruiting centers are gun-free zones. The men and women trusted to protect our nation are not permitted to carry firearms for their own defense, as the recent terror attack in Chattanooga has illustrated.
Last year, Law Shield reported on a letter written by 1st Lieutenant Patrick Cook of the 49th Transportation Battalion, who witnessed murders at Fort Hood in 2014 and survived. Since the 2009 or 2014 attacks at Fort Hood and other domestic assaults on military personnel, soldiers and sailors are not permitted the means to protect themselves against these threats.
Reportedly, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a man from Kuwait who became a naturalized American citizen, attacked personnel at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week. He killed a sailor and four Marines, and wounded two more people, before being killed by police.
The sailor was Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith. The Marines were Sgt. Carson A. Homquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, and Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt. Also in the attack, Chattanooga Police Sgt. Dennis Pedigo suffered a wound to his ankle and underwent surgery.
Recall that on Nov. 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan had killed 13 persons at Fort Hood and was stopped when he was shot. Likewise, this most recent attacker, Abdulazeez, was stopped when he himself was shot.
We’d like to hear from our members: Should armed forces personnel be allowed to carry personal weapons to work, if they so choose?