POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:19pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 4:14pm
Senator Ted Cruz calls for hearing to expand concealed carry laws to military posts
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The issue of guns off the battlefield for our U.S. military service men and woman has been debated before. In the past five years two separate mass shootings at Ft. Hood have claimed the lives of 17 people. This is sparking debate again among lawmakers.
U.S. Senator, Ted Cruz (R-TX) has called a congressional hearing with the Senate Armed Forces Committee to discuss expanding concealed carry laws to military bases, including soldiers and their family members. Cruz is receiving some push back from Washington, argument involving mental illness among our military men and women. Some say allowing concealed weapons on base would only pose more risk to our soldiers at home, potentially putting a firearm in the hands of a mentally ill soldier.
East Texas Navy veteran, David Dan served from 2001 to 2005, Dan has been stationed on Naval bases in California, he tells KETK News, "If they've been trained with that weapon, they should be fully allowed to carry it, otherwise you're really not putting your trust in that person, you know. It's kind of a slap in the face to me,” Dan said, this shouldn’t even be a debate, "I think they should be able to carry concealed on base, I’m actually surprised that that's even question considering that we are serving and protecting the country you would think that the training that they have would be sufficient enough to trust them with that weapon."
U.S. Army Reservist, Robert Devan tell KETK News, more armed soldiers on base could curb crimes like the recent Ft. Hood massacre from happening again, “You conceal carry to protect yourself but more importantly the people around you." Devan said, "Guns don't cause crime they are going to prevent crime."
Dan said he’s happy Senator Cruz is bringing up this topic once again to leaders in Washington, "It should be brought up in all areas of conversation. This is topic that has a lot of pros and a lot of cons, and when you have that you definitely have an issue that should be discussed extensively."
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