When Clinton disarmed military bases and declared them “gun free zones”, the ostensible reason was to increase the safety of our troops (it was, of course, just an expression of his animus towards weapons). That didn’t stop the Ft. Hood rampage by a muslim fanatic, and was responsible for the deaths of most of those killed Monday at the Navy Yard. Marine: If we’d had ammunition, we could have cleared the building”.
“My son was at Marine Barracks — at the Navy Yard yesterday – and they had weapons with them, but they didn’t have ammunition. And they said, ‘We were trained, and if we had the ammunition, we could’ve cleared that building.’ Only three people had been shot at that time, and they could’ve stopped the rest of it.”
So much for “gun-free zones”: all of the recent mass shootings that took place at civilian locations occurred in such zones: Aurora, Columbine, Newtown, and now we know, twice-over, they don’t work on military bases.
UPDATE: A reader says it was George Bush I who first disarmed the military and provides the relevant regulation. The regulation I link to is apparently a change made to that regulation by executive order of William Jefferson, but the essential disarming is Bush’s, and subsequent administrations, burden to shoulder.