On Face the Nation, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Michael McCaul, argued that it is time for “a discussion” as to whether military personnel should be permitted to carry firearms on base.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize that our military that defends our freedoms abroad . . . when they come home to the military base, they are not allowed to carry weapons,” McCaul pointed out. “We need to talk to the commanders about whether it would make sense for some . . . of our senior leadership officers and enlisted men on the base [to] carry weapons for protection.”
“It only takes a few minutes to wound and kill a large number of soldiers,” McCaul added. “If we had senior leadership armed, just maybe they could have stopped it before it got worse.”
A few minutes later, White House senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, poured cold water on the idea. “The Pentagon looked at the proposal,” Pfeiffer said. “They don’t think it is a good idea.”