Thank you, Bill Clinton

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Official Bill Clinton Marine Paintball Brigade

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.


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8 responses to “Thank you, Bill Clinton

  1. Anonymous

    Fedgov gave the violent multiply-arrested nutjob shooter a “Secret” security clearance.

    Now Fedgov wants to clear 20 million illegal aliens with amnesty.

    Btw, nutjob shooter is a left-wing Obama supporter.

  2. Anon2

    Another thank you: the last bill JFK signed led to the closure of most state run mental hospitals and the deinstitutionalized become the “homeless”. Hello Newtown, AZ and DC.

  3. Pete Beck

    FYI, the Department of Defense policy about arms on a military base was first set forth on February 25, 1992, in DOD directive AD-A272 176, “effective immediately.” That was during the presidency of the first George Bush, 11 months before Clinton took office.

    Here is the operative section of the 1992 directive:

    “It is DoD Policy:
    1. To limit and control the carrying of firearms by DoD
    military and civilian personnel. The authorization to carry
    firearms shall be issued only to qualified personnel when there
    is a reasonable expectation that life or DoD assets will be
    jeopardized if firearms are not carried. Evaluation of the
    necessity to carry a firearm shall be made considering this
    expectation weighed apainst the possible consequences of
    accidental or indiscriminate use of firearms. DoD personnel
    regularly engaged in law enforcement or security duties shall be
    armed. Procedures on authorization to carry and the carrying of
    firearms are in enclosure 1.”

    By the way, if the second George Bush had wanted to change the policy, he could done so during his eight years in office.

  4. sunbeam43

    Actually it was George H.W. Bush who instituted the ban!

  5. I served under Reagan, if you werent on the firing line, you didnt normally have your weapon and ammunition on you, but you were not legally kept from doing so for a legally owned firearm.