There have been two mass shootings on military installations since 2009, killing a combined 25 people and wounding more than 50.
Yet, the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and civilians who work on these domestic bases are not permitted to carry personal firearms, even if they have a permit to do so and concealed carry is legal in the state where the base is located.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has announced he will introduce a bill to allow qualified military personnel to carry concealed firearms on their bases, ending a longstanding ban that prevents service members from being armed while on domestic military installations.
In an address to the Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly, Va., on Sept. 20, Stockman blamed the military's on-base gun ban for allowing Nidal Hasan's attack that killed 13 and injured dozens at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, and Aaron Alexis' Sept. 16 attack on the Washington Navy Yard, where a dozen were killed.
"Do you all find it odd that somebody can pull out a gun on a military base and our guys can't shoot back?" Stockman asked. "I don't know about you but I'm sitting there going, 'That is the strangest thing.' These are the guys that we entrust to protect our families. These are the guys that we entrust to protect our country. These are the guys who, by the way, we have trained. And what do we do? We say, 'Excuse me, you can protect our nation but you better not protect yourselves.' "