As a former member of the U.S. military and a combat vet, it pained me to see four Marines and a Navy sailor cut down by a lone jihadi in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week. This latest attack has, once again, launched a discussion about why U.S. military members are not armed when they are on post or at an off-post duty station (like a recruiting center).Ordinarily, I will admit there is no need for most members of the U.S. military to be armed. When they are not operating in a war zone, historically threats to their lives from hostile actors has been no more or no less significant than to the general public at large.
But these are not ordinary times. Today, America’s uniformed service members face increased risks from precisely the threat that killed the Marines and sailor. That threat is growing and, in fact the Obama administration and the Defense Department have known this for some time.
As early as October 2014, the Army warned its personnel that leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had directed supporters and sympathizers to scour social media sites in an attempt to identify military members and their families, with further instructions to show up at their homes and slaughter them. Subsequent warnings by the military and the FBI followed, with this warning to members: Scrub your social media sites of any indicators that you are in the military.
But the Obama administration continues to prevent our military members from arming themselves, on base and wherever their duty stations take them. In other words, they are charged with defending the Second Amendment, but are unable to actually utilize it.
Some bold governors have ordered their National Guard forces to be armed, so we haven’t reached the point of “idiocracy” yet. But the Pentagon, under direction from the commander-in-chief, flat-out refuses to afford active duty forces the same protection, even though they’re obviously being targeted.
This is not merely unacceptable, it is madness.
Full article: With military bases as ‘gun-free zones,’ America has passed the point of Idiocracy (Natural News)