Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez; it is a name that nobody knew one week ago, but is now forever etched in the minds of 5 families who tragically, and seemingly for no reason, lost fathers, sons, brothers and uncles when Abdulazeez went on a shooting rampage in Tennessee on July 16, 2015. The shooting has brought to the forefront the question of why our armed forces personnel are not armed at all times.
The NRA for one is a leading voice in expressing anger over the fact that these trained soldiers were not allowed to carry weapons on them except for when training or performing other functions such as guard duty. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars training soldiers each year on how to fire, maintain and safely handle weapons, only to have them locked in a vault when that training is done. The NRA has a good point, and it raises the possibility that some or all of these brave young men might still be alive today if they had been allowed to carry the very arms that they had spent hundreds of hours training with.
The truth of the matter is there are a lot of lost souls in the world like Abdulazeez who latch onto anything such as fanatic religious ideology to get attention or divert their thoughts from their own troubled minds; they are the type of people who need a cause, no matter what that may entail, to feel their life has meaning and to give themselves some sort of purpose in life. The sad thing is that a person can get this same sort of feeling by volunteering at a Special Olympics event or becoming a Boy Scout troop leader. As long as there are religious groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda that people can be falsely inspired by to commit violent acts, our military personnel and law enforcement officers will constantly be under threat.
I agree with the NRA on several of their points. Take the shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas on November 5, 2009 that left 13 people dead and over 30 injured as a result of a lone wolf gunman who was supposedly inspired by a radical Yemeni cleric for example. You would have to think that this number of casualties would have been greatly reduced if trained soldiers who are taught how to react under fire and trained meticulously for hours on how to shoot were allowed to carry guns instead of having no choice but to simply scurry for cover in fear for their lives.
At the moment, our brave military personnel are just easy pickings for radicals, disgruntled citizens or any other warped souls with a misguided cause if they choose to go after them. The enemy knows where our soldiers are and they know they will be unarmed when these lost souls arrive to do the devil’s work.
If anything, 9/11 should have showed us that the war on terror and other threats are a lot closer to home then we would like to think. We don’t send soldiers to war without guns, so why not let them be armed for this new type of “coward’s war” that has now repeatedly come to the doorstep of our military facilities. Let our brave men and women of the armed forces carry their weapons so they can defend themselves and give the cowards who carry out these attacks a little something to think about before they follow through on their plan.
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