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Right-wingers falsely blame Bill Clinton for Navy Yard massacre

Former US President Bill Clinton deliver

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.

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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?

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4 Comments

  1. Regardless of under who’s watch the orders were issued, if every soldier was armed, I’ll wager there would be a lot fewer casualties.

  2. Craig Knauss

    nef, are you serious?

    A) Most of the casualties at the Washington Naval Yard were civilians, not military.
    B) Civilians are generally not allowed to carry weapons at U.S. domestic bases, munitions plants, production facilities, etc. Most of these sites have large signs stating that weapons are banned.
    C) At U.S. domestic bases, troops do not routinely walk around with loaded weapons.
    D) Generally, only “war zone” personnel are continuously armed, because they may be subject to attack at any time.

  3. Nefatali I would wager that more of these shootings would be happening if these men were allowed to carry guns all the time. Lets not forget the fort hood shooter was a major in the army. Aaron Alexis served in the reserves. The shooting on the Sam Houston base was Army on Army. Over in iraq we had grenade attacks carried out by a major on his fellow soldiers. We also have a record high suicide rates. Not sure how safe these bases would be if everyone was armed. Seems to me we have to many loose cannons running around.

    Bottom line is a man with mental issues snapped. These type of things are hard to prevent. Some of these guys hit movie theaters. Some hit schools. This one hit a navy yard. If you want to prevent these things then all the guns need to go. That isn’t going to happen so I guess we have to except what happen the other day as part of life.

  4. Steverino

    Breitbart News never fails to entertain the masses living in the bubble.

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