Saturday, July 18, 2015
Not Just Civilians!
In an ironic follow-up to my last post, a few days ago a covert Arab terrorist got into a military recruitment center in Chattanooga and shot up the place, killing five sailors and Marines, and wounding several others. At least this time the local police shot the vicious SOB before he could do more, or get away. Again, the media are pumping the "tragedy", but this time they don't seem to have any target to aim the usual outrage at.
The killer was obviously a Jihadi, whether he was working for ISIL or not, and the media hint about his "radicalization" during his visits to the middle-east, but they stop short of saying the words "Arab terrorist". Can't say that, no; it's "racist". Neither will they say the words "Muslim fundamentalist", because that might cause "religious persecution". Uhuh. No politically correct target there.
Worst, the classic target, guns, is totally off the board for this one. Soldiers, Marines, and even sailors, are supposed to carry guns -- but this time, uncharacteristically, they didn't. That's what made them vulnerable, and nobody can deny it. Any Marine of a rank fit to work in a recruiting station, with so much as a pistol, could have drawn and shot the Jihadi thug the minute he started shooting, preventing at least four deaths and an unknown number of injuries -- and nobody can deny that, either. The uniformed folk in that recruiting station weren't armed because the office was inside a commercial shopping mall, which bans such things.
A few of the media have made fleeting reference to the topic which is obviously absorbing the people of Chattanooga right now: that it's bad enough to disarm civilians in public, but the military too? They're supposed to be armed and trained to protect the rest of us. If our soldiers, Marines and sailors aren't fit to carry weapons, who on Earth is? You can bet that the managers of that shopping mall are getting a lot of flak right now, either openly or behind the scenes, about their 'gun-free zone' policy. I daresay that in a short while you won't see military recruiting stations with disarmed recruiters inside anymore.
And once active military is allowed to be armed, why not Reserves? Why not active National Guard? Why not veterans, who have obviously had training? Why not civilians who have bothered to obtain state concealed-carry permits? The pendulum is swinging back, at long last. 'Gun-free' zones are beginning to erode, and a few more Jihadi shoot-ups will finish them.
One can almost see the media mourning for their lost cause, and their lost influence. Michael Moore should be crying in his beer.
You can be sure the Marines won't cry.