Since at least the 1950s, “political motivations” have left American service members systematically disarmed during various military duties, which has led to mass casualties in “gun-free” zones.
On May 16, 2011, a poster on the Firing Line forum named BarryLee said that during the Cold War, his late father in the Military Police Corps was not always issued ammunition for his sidearm.
“This meant that sometimes they went on patrol with unloaded weapons,” he said.
BarryLee asked the other forum members if this was a common practice in the U.S. military.
“Unloaded weapons are more common than most people think,” FrankenMauser responded. “Sometimes political motivations trump safety.”
“Sometimes, the [unloaded] weapon itself is expected to be a better deterrent than the need to use it.”
Another poster, kraigwy, said that although he never saw MPs being forbidden from carrying ammunition while on duty, they did carry their sidearms with an empty chamber, meaning that their guns were effectively unloaded and required “racking the slide” to chamber a round before firing.
This extra step requires time that a MP may not have in a life-or-death situation.
Another poster, Pahoo, wrote that while aboard a naval ship he was issued a 1911 with no ammunition.
“We didn’t even have the Barney Fife option,” he said, referring to the fictional deputy sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show who carried only one round in his shirt pocket.
This trend continues to the present.
On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan fatally shot 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center on Fort Hood, Texas.
None of the soldiers shot back because as Steve Watson reported earlier today, a government policy forbids military personnel from carrying firearms for personal protection unless “a credible and specific threat against [Department of the Army] personnel [exists] in that region.”
Only military police are allowed to “display” firearms, which as previously stated may not even be loaded.
Hasan didn’t encounter armed resistance until civilian police officer Kimberly Munley arrived at the scene and started firing back at him.
“Any deranged shooter looking for defenseless victims need only look to a gun-free zone, knowing that it will be populated by defenseless victims that can provide no resistance,” Watson wrote on the subject.
It appears that the federal government would rather disarm our service members now rather than waiting until they are peaceful veterans targeted by the Department of Homeland Security.