We’ve had the second active shooter episode in a couple of days on a Navy base – first Pearl Harbor, now Pensacola.
Which has prompted some of the usual suspects to mouth the usual jibberish:
For sake of argument? Perhaps.
What it does do is show that banning guns is no defense against violence. Navy, like all military bases, and indeed all federal offices and installations, are “gun-free zones”.
Like Fort Hood. And the Little Rock recruiting station. And the Chattanooga one…
…well, hang on a minute. There, an officer, Lieutenant Commander Tim White, had a sidearm – against the rules – and returned fire at the murderer this likely played a key part in the fact that the death toll at White’s Naval Reserve center was limited to one sailor (the murdered had killed four Marines at a “gun free” recruiting center shortly before). The Navy pondered charges before demurring under an avalanche of public condemnation (although I can find no word about how the Navy treated LtCdr White afterward; I’m going to guess his career ended not long after, although I’d be happy to find out otherwise).
Anyway – this is the logic and concern for fact a Harvard degree gets you these days