Eight out of 10 active and retired military personnel agree that more service members should be allowed to carry firearms on U.S. military facilities, a RallyPoint/Rasmussen Reports national poll has found.
The murder of U.S. Armed Forces by jihadists and madmen at military facilities in Chattanooga, Fort Hood, the Washington Navy Yard and elsewhere—even while the FBI warned to expect such attacks—has prompted a national outcry to allow service personnel to be armed. However, current Defense Department policy dictates, “The authorization to carry firearms shall be issued only to qualified personnel when there is a reasonable expectation that life or DoD assets will be jeopardized if firearms are not carried.”
To date, President Barack Obama has done nothing to remedy this situation. Congress has passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to expand the Right to Carry on U.S. bases; the question now is whether President Obama will sign it.