Posted on Apr 2, 2014
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<p>Well, it seems that Fort Hood is being shot up again as we speak. Since bases are basically completely gun-free zones outside of MPs and training, do you feel they are being turned into high-profile target rich environments?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Would armed NCOs or Officers contribute to public safety?</p>
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Many Americans have a firearm in their household for self defense. The fact that American service members do not have the right to defend themselves in the same way on a military base, is a real shame.

You don't have a lot of active shooters going into police stations. I don't think that is a coincidence. 

At the very least you should be allowed to defend yourself in your own residence, even if that happens to be on a military base. 
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SSG Chris B.
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I was taught in basic training, that you move towards the sound of gunfire, not away. It's been 12 years but i don't think that has changed.
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SSG Robert Burns
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I think this puts it into perspective. &nbsp;If a terrorists group was to storm the gates at any installation, we, the military would be dependent upon our civilian gate guards for our initial safety. &nbsp;Then after we finally got approval to engage, we would all have to go to our arms rooms, after we found the armorer, draw our weapons and then wait for ammo. &nbsp;In the meantime everyone else is getting shot up.<div>It is borderline retarded.</div>
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SSG Robert Burns
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Inconceivable. 
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What ammo? The ammo at the ammo point that is often 20-30 minutes away and inaccessible in the event of a post lockdown?
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SSG Robert Burns
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If there was only a way for someone to get by the security guards.  Oh that's right, just put everything in the trunk and drive right on by.
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This is one area where I think the IDF has a leg up on us. They emphasize weapons training and their personnel ALWAYS have their weapons and ammo. To include taking it home at night. 
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True enough....
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SSG Chris B.
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Apparently we are as well.
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Nah, statistically these kinds of events are still really rare. When they happen, it gets mass blasted and publicized to death, so they stick out in your mind, but if you trace our history since 1775, you'll see that this very rarely happens...
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