There have been two mass shooting in less than five years at Fort Hood. The fact that these type things could happen on a military base is baffling until we remember that domestic bases are gun free zones. The people in the line of fire must have been thinking, "If only I had a gun to defend myself."
David French had a few appropriate thoughts on the matter, to wit:
Third, it’s difficult to justify this mandatory vulnerability. Every soldier is trained to use a weapon. Downrange, every soldier carries a weapon at all times – even in the largest, safest bases where soldiers never get within sight of the enemy – and in almost 13 years of war, these soldiers have proven they can responsibly carry firearms in non-combat situations. When I deployed, I kept my M4 and my sidearm with me at all times, day and night, with both in easy arm’s reach even when I slept. In fact, I’d argue there’s a real virtue in a soldier maintaining constant contact with his weapon. It creates a sense of accountability along with ease and comfort of use. Especially for soldiers in the support ranks, this kind of easy familiarity with a weapon can be critical if and when they find themselves in combat.
Fourth, note the ease with which even the most extreme gun-control rules are violated, with deadly consequences.
Progressives have made it clear they want to an unarmed citizenry and that only police and military should have weapons. So it seems weird that they want to treat individuals in the military with the same disrespect they hold for citizens.