GUEST COLUMN: Give our military heroes their 2nd Amendment protections

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 08:00 AM.

It amazes me how the Obama administration continues to fail at dealing with problems requiring a degree of common sense and prompt resolve.

When it’s a matter of minor policy, one might not be alarmed; but when the problem deals with our military personnel's safety, the entire nation should stand up and demand that our service members be treated the same as any other citizen under the United States Constitution.

When did volunteering to fight for our nation make soldiers, sailors and Marines second class citizens? With the recent tragic shootings at Fort Hood, coupled with additional base shootings over the past six months, is it so hard to understand that our military bases should cease being “gun free” zones? 

Top military commanders should be allowed to decide to direct all personnel — if not at least combat-trained staff — to carry side arms while on base.

The same personnel who can carry concealed weapons when they leave the base as law-abiding citizens are prohibited from carrying side arms on their installation unless they check them out of the armory for weapons training or operational drills.

Military service members received as much — if not more — firearms training as civilian law enforcement officers, yet base commanders rely on small forces of civilian security contractors or security police to afford protection to, in some cases, more than 60,000 active duty personnel and civil service workers at the facility.

These bases are large communities where people are not always safe.

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