Arm Military Bases – or don’t?

I’m so sick of the media and Facebook being the sole source of information people get. Here’s the process:

  • Read dumbass meme on Facebook
  • Accept it as the Gospel truth.
  • Do no research on your own.
  • Get pissed off and rant about the gubment.
  • Come up with your own political policy that’s better with absolutely no idea what the hell you’re talking about.

That about sums up most people I see on Facebook. I’m left with the following decision to make on what seems to be an almost daily basis.

  1. Let them go on being idiots.
  2. Take time out of my day to put together an articulate response to their blathering idiocy.

Ok, I tried number one for about a week now and the amount of idiocy that’s still ramping up about the gun control on military bases is starting to piss me off. So, take off your dunce caps you fact-starved-retards, and pay attention.

One: There is SOME truth to what you’ve been reading.

Yes, prior to Donald Atwood’s DOD directive 5210.56, some people on military bases were armed. After that bill was introduced, it was later basically turned into Army Regulation 190-14. If you’d like to take a few minutes to stop tweeting and read the actual regulation, you can do so here:

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r190_14.pdf

Two: There’s something you apparently don’t know.

Even before that DOD directive, there were almost ZERO troops walking around US military bases with pistols on their hips or M-16s slung across their backs. It plainly didn’t happen. It was NEVER a standard thing to be done. Recruitment offices weren’t staffed with pistol-toting Marines even before that law. The fact is, it was left up to the base commander to decide if a specific individual’s role required the use of a sidearm.

First, they don’t actually have that many guns lying around in giant lockers with everyone’s name on them. They’re stateside, remember? There is nothing in their intended military purpose that would necessitate having enough guns lying around because we don’t use US Military troops on US soil, so we couldn’t arm them all, even if we wanted to.

Second, some of you seem to have this idea that all military personnel are G.I. Joe. Let me dissuade you of that fact. They’re not. I absolutely love and adore our men and women in uniform, but their commanding officer’s would tell you this straight to your face: there are an absolute HUGE majority of people they don’t want running around with sidearms unless they need to be for a specific reason.

  • Military personnel stationed stateside can get in a lot more trouble than they can overseas with civilian authorities – a headache base commanders don’t want.
  • Base commanders don’t want private first class Jones walking into a bar with a pistol concealed on his person because he’s a badass US Marine, and later doing something stupid.
  • Military personnel do NOT as a general rule go through repetitive advanced firearms training unless their job demands it.
  • Most military personnel don’t even rate a sidearm, period. Their job doesn’t demand one, so they don’t get one, so they’re not being trained how to use one aside from annual qualifications and occasional practice for fun.
  • If you armed three-quarters of a million people and ONE of them had an accidental discharge of a firearm, it would be all over the press. Base commanders, nor the DOD want that either.

Long story short, the military doesn’t want it’s people armed unnecessarily, even to the point that base commanders DURING WARTIME often order troops to Condition 3 when on base. That’s military slang for “magazine inserted but no round in the chamber because you’re just as likely to shoot a friendly as an enemy.”

Three: You’re putting the military in a bad position

Have you noticed, amidst all your Facebook ranting, that you’re not seeing a lot of military leaders coming forward and screaming “Yeah, give ’em all their guns back!”?

That’s because they’re not. They’re not because We The People have now become all-knowing and decided that we know what’s best for the military. Really? I have a LOT of Military friends and most of them practice the absolute WORST handgun discipline I’ve ever seen. They’re used to carrying guns in combat, not in a civilian world. They muzzle flash each other, ME, other students all the time.

The military body as a whole can’t come out and say they want guns in their servicemen’s hands because they don’t, but they can’t come out and say that because they don’t want to be the one to say “we’re scared to death to give you guys guns because you’re just as likely to shoot someone by accident as on purpose!”

You’re putting them in an untenable situation. Even the NRA should have better sense, yet they too are leading the charge to arm every-damned-body.

Note: If you’re active military and reading this, I sincerely hope you’ll comment and inform some of these people what you see on a daily basis when it comes to unsafe gun usage. Seriously, they need to hear it from you.

Four: There actually IS a good option

There actually is a fairly decent option out there that we COULD adopt as a resolution that would appease both the DOJ, the NRA, and the rest of you – if you’d shut up bitching long enough to hear it. Draft a resolution that puts the decision back in the base commander’s hands and let them make the decisions they used to make. That’s why we put them in that position in the first place.

If Commander Smith wants his recruiters armed at their recruiting station, awesome. He can decide who can and can’t carry a gun on his base property. That’s his right and that’s his job. Let him do it, but sure as hell don’t mandate that everyone go around strapped up. You REALLY want to give the anti-gun lobby something to scream about? That would certainly do it! They’re already going after your gun rights. Imagine if they could say “Jesus, even the military can’t stop accidentally shooting things. Why should civlians be allowed that right when they aren’t trained at all?”

This arm-everybody-consqeuences-be-damned philosophy will cause gun rights way more trouble than you can imagine.

Some positions are required to carry firearms, or are authorized to use their own discretion to carry firearms. Others are prohibited by regulations, MOS, or some other reason that’s perfectly justifiable yet no one in the Army has the need to explain to you! Let the base commander’s and the military complex decide, not the White House. That would be a sensible bill to introduce into Congress for approval.

Five: They need more damned training then!

Ok, fine. I won’t argue that one with you. Everyone that carries a gun could always use more training. Sure. That’ll take about ten years and countless billions of dollars to do, but maybe it’s worth it. Meanwhile, we still have the problem of wanting to put guns in the hands of people you think are G.I. Joe but who are actually sometimes more like Barney Fife. Again though; let the military work that out themselves. Keep your/our collective civilian noses out of it.

Six:

I don’t have a point six.. I was just on a roll and have a hatred of odd numbers, specifically five.. that weirdly-shaped number, too good to be four, but only have of ten, sometimes looking like two in the mirror. It’s just shady…

Hopefully, some of you that read this will use your heads and ask your representatives to push a sensible bill to Congress, or better yet, let the military handle it. They can deal with this in their own time, but you pushing it down their throats isn’t helping. They’ve got other things to worry with most any day of the week to drop what their doing and respond to the whining of some of us out here in Facebook-land.


3 thoughts on “Arm Military Bases – or don’t?

  1. Before the Grammar Police slam you for it, there is a typo in paragraph two of point number 4 “Let hium do it, but sure”.

    Well written, well referenced. Thank you for writing this. It did change my perspective a great deal.

    Thank you from Arkansas.

  2. Number 4 is on point. The military should have the right to take care of its own house. We can’t apply our civilian understanding of life to that of a military world. I could rail about how starkly different a civilian’s individual rights are from those of a service member’s but I can’t do it with any authority. I’ve only lived a civilian life. Let the military commanders do their job.

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