Clinton Disarmed the Military on Their Own Bases

The PJ Tatler » Flashback: US Military Bases are Gun Free Zones. Because Democrats Decreed Them To Be

After Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded more than 30 in November 2009, John R. Lott wrote about one of the craziest policies to come out of the Clinton era: making military bases “gun free zones.

Yes, that’s correct. In 1993, President Bill Clinton decreed that US military personnel were to surrender the Second Amendment rights that they swear an oath to support and defend. Lott, writing in 2009, called for that policy to be ended.

Shouldn’t an army base be the last place where a terrorist should be able to shoot at people uninterrupted for 10 minutes? After all, an army base is filled with soldiers who carry guns, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Beginning in March 1993, under the Clinton administration, the army forbids military personnel from carrying their own personal firearms and mandates that “a credible and specific threat against [Department of the Army] personnel [exist] in that region” before military personnel “may be authorized to carry firearms for personal protection.” Indeed, most military bases have relatively few military police as they are in heavy demand to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thanks, B.J. Now how much American blood do you have on your filthy hands?

Posted in BJ Clinton permalink

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Clinton Disarmed the Military on Their Own Bases — 1 Comment

  1. What ticks me off is that Dubya didn’t reverse it, especially with the advent of the “War on Terror,” post 9/11.

    Another thing. When I was a kid, I remember driving on base with my parents. Later, while I was still young enough to have base privileges, I drove myself on base. I always remembered armed military personnel manning the guard posts. In recent years, when I go on bases with my mom to help her at the commissary and PX, the guards have been civilians; rent-a-cops, essentially. The exception has been MCB Quantico, where Marines – armed to the teeth – man the guard posts. There are other “interesting” countermeasures at those posts as well. Now, granted, the rent-a-cops at Ft. Belvoir seem to have it together. All military IDs and drivers licenses are scanned on entry, but it’s still discomforting to have civilians providing security on most military bases.

Leave a Reply