With the recent events in Chattanooga and the loss of four Marines at the hand of someone who is not worthy of having their name mentioned here, I feel it is fitting to reflect on a quote that George W. Bush once said back in 2002.
“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me (twice, shame on me) — you can’t get fooled again.”
– George W. Bush
Philosopher George Santayana once said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Through the years, his original quote has been paraphrased into statements such as “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Is it time that we finally learned from history or are we going to get fooled again by not admitting that the enemy is on our soil and they are actively engaging us?
It seems that after every shooting on a Military Installation or attack on U.S. Military personnel on our own soil, a petition pops up asking to allow for the concealed carry of firearms on U.S. Military Installations by U.S. Military Personnel. This most recent petition to the Obama Administration asks:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Allow Military personnel as well as Military veterans to conceal carry on military bases in accordance with local laws. Isis has stated their intent to attack US Military personnel at their homes and places of work (and have gone so far as to publish select names/addresses), yet we are still prohibited from defending ourselves. There has been a spike in concealed carry permits In the US over the past few years, but arguably the highest trained group of individuals are effectively prohibited from carrying if we work on a military base or in a federal building. I find it highly ironic (and sad) that the military’s guide to an active shooter situation is to barricade and hide. Perhaps we wouldn’t have lost four Marine brothers today (16JUL15) if one of them had a personal weapon.
Published Date: Jul 16, 2015
The petition can be found here and if you feel so inclined, you can sign the petition. There is no guarantee that the petition will help force any changes to the policies already in place and while the Military seems to be really good at knee-jerk reactions to fixing some issues, allowing concealed carry on a Military installation is not likely to happen anytime soon no matter how much sense it makes in the world we live in today.