Anti-Second Amendment zealots wasted little time in exploiting the massacre of 13 people at Fort Hood by a gun-wielding loon. But there was also an array of sober, sane responses to the shooting as well — responses that offered solutions, not ideologic diatribes, responses that say freedom, not repression, is the always the best answer.
Among them, the Washington Times in this Nov. 11 editorial:
“Time after time, public murder sprees occur in ‘gun-free zones’ – public places where citizens are not legally able to carry guns. The list is long, including massacres at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School along with many less deadly attacks. Last week’s slaughter at Fort Hood Army base in Texas was no different – except that one man bears responsibility for the ugly reality that the men and women charged with defending America were deliberately left defenseless when a terrorist opened fire.
“Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones.
— How to Respond to an Active Shooter; http://www.examiner.com/x-18561-Grand-Rapids-Gun-Rights-Examinery2009m11d10-How-to-Respond-to-an-Active-Shooter
— Time to re-examine rights of Second Amendment; http://www.indystar.com/article/20091111/OPINION01/911110323/1002/OPINION/Time+to+re-examine+rights+of+Second+Amendment
— Handgun Crowd Returns Fire Post Fort Hood — No Surprise Here; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-mann/handgun-crowd-returns-fir_b_354049.html
— The Search for Answers in Fort Hood; http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/11/10/the-search-for-answers-in-fort-hood/
— The Brady Campaign against veterans; http://www.examiner.com/x-2581-St-Louis-Gun-Rights-Examinery2009m11d9-The-Brady-Campaign-against-veterans
— Senator Accuses Anti-Gun Group of Exploiting Fort Hood Massacre; http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/11/06/senator-accuses-anti-gun-group-exploiting-fort-hood-massacre/
— Fort Hood: Death by gun control; http://www.examiner.com/x-2879-Austin-Gun-Rights-Examinery2009m11d6-Fort-Hood-Death-by-gun-control