Gun Free Zones…….
Today has been a somber day both in mood and weather. This morning’s evens which unfolded with horror before our eyes occurred on a military installation. As of now the casualty numbers stand at upwards of 13 dead, including the shooter.
Unfortunately, politics do not stop for this or ANY situation at all as witnessed by the address given by the President today, however, one argument will take over soon. That argument will be for “stricter gun control” laws. Even though time after time we have witnessed murder carried out in “gun-free zones” – public places where citizens are NOT legally able to carry guns.
“In 1993, among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones.” Washington Times 2009
So, the suspected shooter, identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, 34, living in Fort Worth, is among the 13 dead. Alexis was a military contractor and a veteran of the US Navy.A military official said Alexis had been a Navy reservist on active duty before being discharged for misconduct.
Although the information is unfolding as to whether he had accomplices and his motive, it appears that Mr. Alexis had other past problems with the law. Alexis was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, two law enforcement officials said. One said he also had a shotgun. One official said all the weapons have not been accounted for.
Navy Commander and witness Tim Jirus said he saw a man get shot in the head right in front of him. Jirus then fled the area. He said he didn’t get a look at the shooter.
Hundreds of workers in the Navy complex were forced to hide in place or flee for safety while gunshots echoed from a gunman firing into the cafeteria and other parts of the building.
Rick Mason, a program management analyst, said a gunman began shooting from a fourth-floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s cafeteria on the first floor.
It was like shooting at “fish in a barrel”.
Running, fleeing and hiding was all that the 3000 workers at the Naval Yard could do as they waited for help at the mercy of a crazy man with the advantage of being armed.