Rethink gun policy for service members

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Members of the military are supposed to be protecting us – not the other way around. Yet this week, armed civilians were guarding armed forces recruiting stations in several states, including West Virginia and Ohio.

Volunteers on self-assigned guard duty were reacting to last week’s attack that killed five service members at a Chattanooga, Tenn., recruiting station.

Service members in many settings are sitting ducks for armed attackers – because Pentagon policy bars them from carrying guns to defend themselves. That rule, while prudent in some contexts, is a gift to a terrorist conspiracy that targets Americans everywhere, with emphasis on those in uniform.

Clearly, the Pentagon should rethink – and carefully amend – its policy on when and where service men and women can carry firearms.

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