Admiral Mullen: Arming Soldiers on Bases ‘Invites Much More Difficult Challenges’

by Charles C. W. Cooke

Admiral Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is not in favor of military personnel carrying on post. Per The Hill:

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” retired Adm. Michael Mullen said security protocols must be revisited in light of the rampage, but that he opposes “routinely allowing arms on any military base in the country.”

“I’m not one…that would argue for arming anybody that’s on base,” he said. “I think that actually invites much more difficult challenges.”

His remarks follow calls from a key congressional Republican to dial back limits on guns at military installations. 

Mullen’s position seems to be in line with the establishment’s, further suggesting that reformers will have their work cut out. In my piece over on the homepage today, I ask whether America’s military bases have become soft targets and, if so, what can be done about it.

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