Army Unarmed

Fort-HoodBy: Susan Bea Good

I went to the store this morning, armed, with my grocery list and a fully loaded concealed 9MM pistol. I try to never leave home without it. Why?…because I can!

As a law-abiding private citizen I have a Second Amendment right to bear arms. “Carrying” provides me with the option to exercise the use of “deadly force.”

Yesterday the Fort Hood community experienced a repeat tragedy, compounded by the Department of Defense’s restriction on conceal-carry amongst its State-side soldiers. DoD policy on the subject states, “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 against the possible consequences of accidental or indiscriminate use of firearms. DoD personnel regularly engaged in law enforcement or security duties shall be armed.”

It sounds like the DoD agrees with Piers Morgan, who tweeted, “If only there’d been a good guy with a gun…such crap! This Fort Hood soldier/shooter WAS a good guy. Until he turned bad, with a gun.”

The three innocent soldiers that died yesterday were made vulnerable by short-sighted thinking. Similar to the last Ft. Hood massacre, security personnel were the only armed-hope to end the slaughter. This time just the threat of another weapon incited the killer to self-destruct.

Ret. General Bob Scales, interviewed by FOX News’ Sean Hannity, made a troubling remark, revealing that he still didn’t want to see military bases permit concealed carry …why? Because of the risk that an angry soldier might use a weapon in a criminal act?!

I suspect that most civil police forces would rather that citizens be without self-protection, but it is amazing to me that our active duty military are at times preferably “unarmed.”

Many tragedies in life cannot be prevented. Uncontested shooting rampages should not be one of them.

“Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle…” (Psalm 144:1/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture a be a part of it.



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