This keeps happening and yet it is predictable, and to some degree preventable. Our lawmakers and politicians continue to believe that our society needs what they call “gun free zones”, ostensibly to keep guns out of the building, arena, or gathering place. But gun free zones are becoming known as “killing zones”.
A few weeks ago, we reported about a senseless shooting in Charleston, S.C. This time the location is in Chattanooga, TN where a Muslim man shot through the windows of a military recruiting station located in a strip mall. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a naturalized American citizen, born in Kuwait, with citizenship in Jordan, woke up in the morning and decided that this form of terrorism, shooting up two military centers with an AK-47, would be appropriate for his unknown cause. He paid for it with his life.
According to Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge, the leader for the recruitment center for the U.S. Army, shots starting ringing out 10:45. First one shot and then many more. He and his colleagues got down on the ground and tried to barricade themselves in a safe place. He estimated that some 30 – 50 shots were fired. The shooter was apparently shooting from his convertible Mustang in the parking lot. He most likely went through one 30 round magazine for his AK-47. Sgt. Dodge praised the police for their quick response but stressed that the Marines inside the center simply had no way to respond to the attack; they had no means with which to defend themselves.
Ironically, one of the pictures taken shortly after the shooting, showed the “Gun Free Zone” sign on the glass doors that enter the recruiting center. Looks like an invitation to me. Come on in, Sitting Ducks inside.
Disarming recruiters at Federal recruitment centers was an idea of the Clinton administration. Many hoped that President Bush would repeal the Clinton regulation but it did not happen. You can bet that the Obama administration is not going to overturn the regulation, even after this heinous attack. But apparently the Obama administration has learned nothing from the massacres at Fort Hood in 2009 and 2014, nor the attack at the Washington Navy Yard in 2014. Obama simply focuses on the mental health issues. But what if it turns out not to be a mental issue but a terrorist issue. Is there any backup plan for that? Apparently not, as seen here.
But one has to wonder why we trust soldiers all the time with weapons when they are stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan, but for some reason, when we bring them home we no longer trust them. Why do we make it easy for killers to attack our Military installations?
After shooting at the recruiting center, Muhammad shifted his Mustang into high gear drove at a high rate of speed out to the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center Chattanooga. At this location he shot 4 unarmed Marines who never had a chance. Police finally shot and killed the shooter, ending the shooting spree.
As I always say after these killings at Gun Free Zones, ‘if only one person had been allowed to have a gun, it could have been different’. It could be said about Aurora, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood, Charleston, and so on. We set people up as sitting ducks in a Gun Free Zone.
As a result, Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin (R), today authorized the state’s adjutant general to arm military personnel at certain military facilities, in defiance of the Obama administration. She authorized them to arm certain military installations with weapons appropriate to provide for the security of the facilities and their personnel.
Donald Trump went off on Twitter and elsewhere today saying that it is time to “get rid of Gun Free Zones” all together. Personally, I agree. We need to bring back our Military’s Right To Carry to protect our citizens on American soil. We are placing our citizens in a Gun Free “Killing Zone”.