Letter: Armed personnel could have cut the number of victims in D.C.

September 28, 2013 

I have to disagree with Tina DeLapp’s letter of Sept. 21 in which she states that a military base full of armed personnel could not prevent the deaths of 12 people. Military personnel have not been allowed to carry weapons on base since the early 1990s. This state of affairs was mandated by an executive order put forth by the first President Bush and reaffirmed by President Clinton. The idea was to make military bases more like civilian work places. (Think about that for a second.)

The D.C. police did not arrive for two minutes and did not engage the suspect until seven minutes had elapsed (as reported by the D.C. chief of police). It is likely that by then all of the victims had been shot. If there really had been armed personnel on base I contend that there would have been a lot fewer victims. As the saying goes: “When seconds count the police are only minutes away.”

— John Schwartz


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