The early information coming in regarding the alleged gunman shot and killed during Monday’s deadly Washington Navy Yard shooting is troubling to those who hear it. At approximately 8:20 a.m., Sept. 16, 2013, reports surfaced that an armed gunman was shooting people at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in the Naval Yard, located in Washington, D.C. While no motive was given for the attack, authorities later identified the perpetrator as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis. Unless the early reports are mistaken (which wouldn’t be unheard of), Alexis had minimum security clearance. They say he was an IT contractor who had secured a position at the Navy Yard and had a valid I.D. that gave him access to the facility.
Knowing that Alexis had an arrest in 2004 for what was described as an “anger-fueled blackout” where according to Seattle police he opened fire on a construction workers’ vehicle and blew out the tires. it is unfathomable that the U.S. military would give this man access to a military unit.
There are people who have been arrested for smoking marijuana who can’t get hired at Wal-Mart, and this man with a history of gun violence manages to land a job at a U.S. Navy command center?
While President Obama focuses on arming Syrian rebels and presenting his case to the nation that we must do whatever is possible to overthrow Assad, he assured the nation that we had nothing to fear from Assad’s regime in backlash.
One can only imagine how safe the nation is from foreign terrorists who believe they must destroy this nation in the name of God, when our government can’t even screen IT workers on military bases, in the nation’s capital.
The Navy Yard is approximately four miles from the White House.
Let’s hope this is a lesson to our government heads and those in position to hire people and in charge of background checks, not to hire people with histories of gun violence.
Maybe the government should use the same standards held by the rest of the nation. There are countless people nationwide who have committed what could be considered minor offenses decades ago and can’t find menial work for being labeled a felon. Maybe before the government wants to take guns away from hard-working, citizens, they should start by not allowing those who have been arrested for gun violence access to military bases.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families during this tragic, yet unnecessary tragedy.
Names of 7 of the 12 victims that have been released
Michael Arnold, 59
Sylvia Frasier, 53
Kathy Gaarde, 62
John Roger Johnson, 73
Frank Kohler, 50
Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
Vishnu Pandit, 61