President Vetoes Arming More Troops on Base

Posted on: October 24th, 2015 by Will Rodriguez 7 Comments

Military Times reported as part of the recent National Defense Authorization Act a provision that would relax regulations for the carry of weapons to include some personal weapons on military bases which are gun free zones.

The provision though was extremely weak and more of a “feel good” measure than a real change.  Additional flexibility in the carry of weapons would have been left to the initiative of military installation commanders.  Installation commanders already have this authority and the military has repeatedly stated it does not have a need to increase the freedom of troops to enjoy their second amendment rights while on base as the body count increases after incidents like Ft. Hood, the Washington Navy Yard and Chattanooga.

In any case, in a relatively rare move the NDAA was vetoed by the President.  Reasons he cited were restrictions in closing Gitmo and Congress’ unwillingness to increase social spending by eliminating ALL sequestration restrictions.  Congress has been using operational budgeting work arounds to make up some of the difference in budgeting caused by sequestration.

Troops continue to serve in the largest gun free zones in the US, military installations which restrict all state issued personal concealed carry licenses.  Military budgeting will also be held hostage to facilitate the closing of Gitmo and increase social spending.

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  • YankeePapa

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    …In Lord of the Rings one character comments that sometimes he almost wished that the Shire would be exposed to a sudden infestation of dragons…  Probably not a good thing… but I know how he must have felt…
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    -YP-

  • KineticFury

    Not to mention some live in areas that aren’t considered the safest environment just outside the bases. As for Gitmo, you’d think it used to be a personal holy site for POTUS or something. When your country’s leader is more concerned with prisoners rights rather than citizens rights, there’s a problem.
    Related: just saw this: http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2015/10/pentagon-wraps-colorado-search-gitmo-north/123127/

  • KineticFury

    YankeePapa Some people insist on learning the hard way and get burned before they can learn…I think we have an infestation of snakes and rodents but nothing grand as a dragon to fear. There’s a quote out there that goes like “I prefer a roaring devil to a sleeping one.” So at least you know what you’re up against.

  • Michael_mike

    KineticFury No worries, that too might end up being funded by skimming the strategic oil reserve just a little more. After all what could possibly be the purpose to keep an outdated oil reserve in case of an outdated war.

    http://fortune.com/2015/10/27/oil-spr-reserve-sale/

  • Michael_mike

    YankeePapa I really start to believe that a war will solve everything. If only it was that simple.

  • YankeePapa

    Michael_mike YankeePapa .
    …Well, we have been at war overseas for fourteen years non-stop.  No joy there.  A “domestic” war would not only be a nightmare, but would almost certainly produce something far worse than what we have now…
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    -Yankee Papa-

  • Riceball

    YankeePapa Michael_mike And even then you’d get the neo-hippies/progressives/bleeding heart liberals protesting it and saying that it’s not our war and we shouldn’t be involved.