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  •  I think it misleading (5+ / 0-)

    to paint the Fort Hood shooting as an example of bad response by armed bystanders without noting that the soldiers on the post are forbidden to carry either their issued weapons or privately owned firearms.

    Contemporary news reports pointed this out.

    It was not a place they expected to be attacked. Soldiers tote their rifles with them everywhere when they are at war but generally not when they are in America. "As a matter of practice, we don't carry weapons here," said Army Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander of Fort Hood in Texas. "This is our home."
    The soldiers in Nidal Hasan's field of fire were unarmed.

    As Wikipedia says,

    President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Paul Helmke, said that "This latest tragedy, at a heavily fortified army base, ought to convince more Americans to reject the argument that the solution to gun violence is to arm more people with more guns in more places."[118] However, Lt. General (Robert W.) Cone stated: "As a matter of practice, we do not carry weapons on Fort Hood. This is our home."[119] Military weapons are only used for training or by base security, and personal weapons must be kept locked away by the provost marshal.[120] Specialist Jerry Richard, a soldier working at the Readiness Center, expressed the opinion that this policy had left them unnecessarily vulnerable to violent assaults: "Overseas you are ready for it. But here you can't even defend yourself."[121]

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 04:53:39 PM PST

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