Right-wingers falsely blame Bill Clinton for Navy Yard massacre
The wingnut website Breitbart. com offers THIS SLANT on Monday’s shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard:
It hasn’t always been the case that only MPs can carry firearms on U.S. military bases. A mere twenty years ago, “gun free zones” made their way to these facilities under the watch of President Bill Clinton.
According to a Washington Times editorial written days after the Nov. 5, 2009 attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, one of Clinton’s “first acts upon taking office… was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases.”
Clinton’s actions birthed Army 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.”
In other words, thanks to Clinton, citizens who join the military to use guns to defend liberty abroad cannot practice their constitutional right to keep and bear arms while on active duty at home.
As the Times editorial board put it: “Because of Mr. Clinton, terrorists would face more return fire if they attacked a Texas Wal-Mart than the gunman faced at Fort Hood.”
The same theme ran true at the Navy Yard in DC on September 16. Police were called after the shooter opened fired, and reports indicate it took approximately three to seven minutes for them to arrive. Each minute is an eternity when a lunatic with a weapon decides the “gun free zone” rules do not apply to him.
Several other righty pundits have said much the same thing in the past day or so.
Ah, but there are several problems with this theory.
For one thing, as we see HERE, the regulation at issue was promulgated under a directive issued during the administration of George H.W. Bush — a year before Clinton became president.
For another thing, the characterization of the Navy Yard as a gun-free zone is false, as we see HERE:
Speaking to reporters yesterday [Monday], Washington, D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier detailed how local police officers arrived at the Navy Yard within two or three minutes of the first shots ringing out, and that even before that, “internal security” at the Navy Yard was firing at the gunman.
Does that sound like gun-free facility to you? Does that sound like the gunman didn’t have to worry about anybody shooting back?