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Self-defense debate roiled by Ft. Hood shooting

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SELF-DEFENSE DEBATE ROILED BY FT. HOOD SHOOTING
Even as Americans were still learning the horrible details of a shooting at Texas’ Ft. Hood (stay with Fox News for the latest updates) the endless political struggle over firearms was already reasserting itself. But this time, there’s a new wrinkle. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group quickly produced statements on the shooting that asserted its agenda, with one saying “While we don’t know all of the facts, we do know that preventable gun deaths are a public health epidemic…” But the well-funded efforts for and against general gun control measures won’t likely advance very far on the news of the Texas tragedy. The issue that’s sure to become a focal point is the military policy requiring troops to be unarmed on base.

[WaPo provides details the rules on carrying firearms on Fort Hood.]

Disarmed - As details of the shooting came in Wednesday, Homeland security chairman Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, told Megyn Kelly he thinks soldiers should be able to carrying arms on base. “The problem here, and with Fort Hood, the prior Nidal Hasan case, is that they couldn’t defend themselves because they were not allowed to carry weapons” McCaul said, adding he thinks lawmaker need to revisit the current restrictions. In Hawaii, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was asked about the safety and security of military posts and bases. “When we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something’s not working,” Hagel said. When the Army, especially the combat-ready brigades at Ft. Hood, need to call 911 to deal with a lone gunman, Americans might be understandably perplexed.

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