Hundreds of soldiers and sailors were forced to hide under desks and simply watch as their comrades were gunned down in Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
While, many of these men and women are veterans of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, as well as other conflicts, not one of them pulled their sidearm to defend themselves.
Why didn't they draw their .45s or 9mms?
Because, 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton took them away...
Less than two months after taking office, Clinton directed the Department of Defense to forbid military personnel from carrying personal firearms on U.S. bases.
Army Regulation 190-14 also limited those authorized to carry government-issued weapons to military policemen only.
Of course, this regulation, which broke with two hundred years of U.S. military policy, allowed Maj. Nidal Hassan to easily carry out his terrorist attack at Fort Hood in 2009, a shooting spree which left 13 dead and dozens more wounded.
On Nov. 11, 2009, a Washington Times editorial stated:
The wife of one of the soldiers shot at Fort Hood understands all too well. In an interview on CNN Monday night, Anchor John Roberts asked Mandy Foster how she felt about her husband’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Ms. Foster responded: “At least he’s safe there and he can fire back, right?”
It is hard to believe that we don’t trust soldiers with guns on an Army base when we trust these very same men in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Clinton’s deadly rules even disarmed officers, the most trusted members of the military charged with leading enlisted soldiers in combat. Six of the dead and wounded had commissions.
This is why in both the Fort Hood and Navy Yard shootings, it was a local police officer who neutralized the perpetrator and ended the shooting spree.
Clinton hated the military as much as Obama so obviously does, and both have done their level-best to demoralize our soldiers, sailors and airmen.