Texas Rep. Steve Stockman Wants to Allow Military Personnel to Carry Weapons on Bases

Just months after Bill Clinton assumed office as the President of the United States, military policy was changed to restrict the carrying of weapons by soldiers on base other than those assuming law enforcement and security duties or those on bases in dangerous areas of the world. This change in policy left U.S. military personnel largely unable to defend themselves against attacks that occur on base here at home.

There have been two mass murders on military bases in the United States since this policy went into effect. On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army major went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, killing 13 people and injuring at least 30 more. He allegedly yelled "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire. Hasan targeted unarmed soldiers in uniform and shot several people who valiantly attempted to stop him by throwing a chair and a folding table. The shooting continued until police arrived and exchanged gunfire with Hasan.

The second shooting occurred at the Navy Yard in Washington just days ago, when former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis used a security pass to enter the Navy Yard and opened fire, killing 12 people. He died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

This raises the question why our military men and women are left unarmed on military bases. Would either of these shooters have been brazen enough to walk on base and open fire had they of known everyone on base was armed and they'd likely be gunned down immediately? Even if they did decide to walk on base and start shooting, they wouldn't be able to rack up a high body count like what happened in Fort Hood and again at the Navy Yard.

Republican Rep. Steve Stockman agrees and has introduced plans to put forth a bill that will allow soldiers and other military personnel to carry weapons on base. The bill will also contain a provision that allows military personnel to return fire should someone start shooting while they're carrying on base.

"Do you all find it odd that somebody can pull out a gun on a military base and our guys can't shoot back?" Stockman asked the crowd at the Liberty Political Action conference on Friday night.

Yes, we do, Mr. Stockman. Thank you for introducing common sense gun legislation that will help our military personnel defend themselves.