Fort Hood Shooting: Why Is An Army Base So Vulnerable?

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Air Date: April 3, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Larry Pratt

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Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.

In yet another Fort Hood incident, 3 people were recently killed and 16 were wounded before Ivan Lopez turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

Why did this happen a second time? Weren’t steps taken to prevent this from happening again? After all, isn’t an Army base one of the more secure locations one could be at? Larry noted that nothing meaningful was done although they may have had seminars and/or sensitivity training.

He also noted that what gun control advocates need to remember is that of all the mass murders in America, all have occurred in gun-free zones. Since the Clinton presidency it’s been a choice for the base commander and since the first President Bush was in office, gun-free military bases have been an executive order applied to all military installations. So if there’s a shooting, those at the base must wait for the police to arrive and hope that no one dies in the meantime.

On September 26th of last year, Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas introduced H.R.3199. This is a piece of legislation that would safeguard military and civilian personnel on military bases by repealing the ban on military personnel carrying firearms. The problem is, there are only 12 co-sponsors who’ve signed on to this legislation.

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