Most don’t realize that the Air Force has, from time to time, been a leader in firearms issues. The AR-15 family, for example, was first adopted by the USAF, and only later, and reluctantly, by the other branches. Even now, that weapon family has its detractors, but that’s an article for another time. In the wake of a number of terrorist attacks at military installations on American soil, the USAF seems to be, finally, awakening to reality. Fox News reports:
A review of active shooter cases by the Air Force has confirmed what gun rights advocates have long been saying: Firearms in the hands of good guys are often the best bet for stopping massacres.
The military branch earlier this month sent out a letter to its base commanders around the nation reminding them that they can authorize subordinates to carry guns, even while off-duty and out of uniform. It also established three programs to help ensure that armed service members are in a position to protect their bases.
‘None of these programs gives the installation commander authorizations they didn’t already have the authorization to do,’ Maj. Keith Quick, the Air Force Security Forces Integrated Defense action officer, said in a statement according to Military.com. ‘We are now formalizing it and telling them how they can use these types of programs more effectively.
This, for our airmen and their families, is certainly, potentially, good news. Why should any serving our nation be barred from protecting the lives of those they love–and their own lives–because they have honorably chosen military service in a dangerous time? This long overdue recognition of reality is also ironic:
‘Finally, someone in the federal government is recognizing what has been obvious to sheriffs and police across the country…Concealed handgun permit holders have stopped dozens of what would have clearly been mass public shootings.’
– John Lott, Crime Prevention Research Center
This new policy follows the Chattanooga attack.
In that attack, Muhammad Youseef Abdulazeez’s rampage only ended when responding police shot him. But an ensuing investigation determined that the base’s commanding officer fired at Abdulazeez with his personal weapon and one of the murdered Marines had an unauthorized 9-mm. Glock on him when he was killed.
In the aftermath of the shooting, questions were raised regarding one of the military officers involved in the shootout, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, and if charges would be filed against him for discharging a firearm on federal property. Nothing has been formally filed.
Past reports have suggested that charges will not be filed against White.
Well, that’s encouraging, however, I suspect that if the Obamites have their way, White’s days in the military are numbered. It won’t do to allow anyone–and certainly not members of the military–to think guns may be used for good, or that Americans have an unalienable right to self-defense, in or out of uniform.
An Air Force spokesperson acknowledged to Military.com that the attack in Chattanooga was the reason for the review and outcome.
Quick said three programs established by the Integrated Defense team enable commanders to increase security through conceal-carry. One of the new initiatives, the Unit Marshal Program, enables commanders at every level permission to work with security forces to train Air Force members and allow them to open carry their M9 service pistol at their duty location.
That would surely be good beginning. However, as one would expect, anti-liberty forces are always prepared to dance on the graves of the innocent to deny honest women and men essential liberties:
As far as I’m aware, it’s always been in the power of military commanders to make decisions of this nature,’ Ladd Everitt, spokesman for the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence tells FoxNews.com. ‘But the men and women leading our military understand their mission and the risks that come with barracks and mess halls full of guns.’
‘Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to embrace America’s degenerate gun culture. They won’t, and thank God given the potential implications for national defense.
It is the very people Everitt claims will reject the Second Amendment, that comprise a significant portion of “America’s degenerate gun culture.” Gun phobic pacifists and “blame America firsters” tend not to join the military. One does not win friends and influence people by starting relationships by calling others “degenerate.”
Unfortunately, until at least January 20, 2017, Everitt probably won’t have to worry about the “implications for national defense.” Until after that date, innocent Jihadists planning the mass murder of our servicewomen and men, probably won’t have to worry about facing guns. For the last seven years, in the Age of Obama, General officers that have in any way displeased Mr. Obama have found themselves involuntarily retired.
Any general officer hoping for another star, or merely hoping to serve awhile longer, well knows that failing to adhere to Obamite desires, that behaving like a warrior, is the surest path to early retirement, and perhaps even prosecution and demotion. Considering Mr. Obama’s continuing efforts to degrade the Constitution–were he so diligent about degrading terrorist hordes–it will be a rare and brave base commander that does more than a low profile gesture, and likely, not even that.
Civilian control of our military is among the most vital pillars upholding liberty, unless that civilian cares nothing for their lives. One more year…