When Did Military Bases Become ‘Gun-Free Killing Zones’?

Clinton with a Gun Free Military
When Did Military Bases Become ‘Gun-Free Killing Zones’?
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  It hasn’t always been the case that only MPs can carry firearms on U.S. military bases.

A mere twenty years ago, “gun free zones” made their way to these facilities under the watch of President Bill Clinton.

According to a Washington Times editorial written days after the Nov. 5, 2009 attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, one of Clinton’s “first acts upon taking office… was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases.”

Clinton’s actions birthed Army regulations “forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection.”

In other words, thanks to Clinton, citizens who join the military to use guns to defend liberty abroad cannot practice their constitutional right to keep and bear arms while on active duty at home.

As the Times editorial board put it: “Because of Mr. Clinton, terrorists would face more return fire if they attacked a Texas Wal-Mart than the gunman faced at Fort Hood.”

The same theme ran true at the Navy Yard in DC on September 16 2013. Police were called after the shooter opened fired, and reports indicate it took approximately three to seven minutes for them to arrive. Each minute is an eternity when a lunatic with a weapon decides the “gun free zone” rules do not apply to him.

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  • 10 thoughts on “When Did Military Bases Become ‘Gun-Free Killing Zones’?

    1. Idiocy (or wannabe Tyranny) at it’s finest… let’s disarm the people we trained to be soldiers, if they aren’t on duty. Ridiculous. Wake up America.

      Don’t allow “Gun Free” zones anymore. Mass Murderers AND TERRORISTS LOVE GUN FREE ZONES.

    2. What country am i living in now? I remember we had a shooting range at school for .22 target practice in the basement back in the 1960’s.

    3. and after a mass killing..the same congressional voices are heard to …ban assault weapons..and install background checks…almost as if THEY knew in advance of the killings ..as their statements are made before the bodies are identified and are cold…..scumbags that are responsible for GUN FREE ZONES….and the killings are this CONGRESS……imho

    4. And luckily, that great patriot, George Bush reversed this policy………Oh wait………maybe not.
      In the AF a long time ago. WE didn’t have access to any weapons here in the US in the 50s or 60s. Only the Air police did…..

    5. Actually the “gun-free zone” type policy can actually be traced back to Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5210.56, signed into effect in February 1992 by Donald J. Atwood, deputy secretary of defense under President George H.W. Bush. Army Regulation 190-14, was a policy implemented in 1993 that changed policy regarding carrying firearms on the Army’s military bases but that policy specifically notes part of its purpose is aimed at implementing “applicable portions of Department of Defense Directive 5210.56,” which, was put into effect by Bush Sr.’s deputy secretary of defense. DoD personnel regularly engaged in law enforcement or security duties are always armed. Soldiers walking around with weapons all the time, other than in combat zones is not the norm on most bases if I am not mistaken.

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