Napolitano has an interesting discussion about how when he was in the army all the officers wore their sidearms with them on the army base. More importantly, he discusses the impact of trying to change the military into a regular workplace has on the safety of those in the military. The video is available here.
Statements regarding those at the Navy Yard who wish that they were able to protect themselves.
Here is a father of a Marine who was stationed at the DC Navy Yard who was discussing statements from his son.
Here is a statement of a concealed carry permit holder who wished that she could have had her permitted concealed handgun with her.
Although she emerged unscathed, Pat said she would have felt safer if she had been permitted to carry her own gun to work. ‘I’m a gun owner, and so is my husband,’ Pat said, ‘but I work in D.C. so I can’t carry a weapon. Now I wish they would let us do it anyway. I felt like a fool walking around unarmed after shots were fired.’ . . .UPDATE: The ban on carrying at military bases policy might have been in effect prior to the Clinton administration.
The Blaze has information here that the policy for military personnel not having guns actually goes back to the very end of the George H.W. Bush administration.
The question of why military members aren’t armed on base garnered attention back in November 2009 when Army Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Ft. Hood and killed 13 people. He was sentenced to death on August 28. Now, nearly four years later, many are asking the same question.
So what’s the answer? It appears this “gun-free zone” type policy can actually be traced back to Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 5210.56, signed into effect in February 1992 by Donald J. Atwood, deputy secretary of defense under President George H.W. Bush. . . .It looks like the Clinton administration may have simply reissued these orders in March 1993.