CNN’s Carol Costello, wonder how a gunman could create havoc at a U.S. military facility.
Surprisingly, the Associated Press and Reuters report how that happens.
Per the AP --
Some of the shock and sudden sense of vulnerability caused by Fort Hood and the Navy Yard attack may have stemmed from the mistaken belief that military personnel are armed when they are on domestic installations.
Most personnel are, in fact, barred from carrying weapons onto a base, and Hasan and Alexis probably knew it.
Reuters relates --
Military personnel are generally banned from carrying weapons on bases in the United States but most people with proper credentials are not routinely checked for firearms.
Sadly, the press doesn't report the whole story and the scientific community is united in that fact. --
Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones.