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Inhofe: Military Bases 'At the Mercy' of Someone on a Rampage

Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 09:51 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Following the second mass shooting at Ft. Hood since 2009, Sen. Jim Inhofe claimed laws preventing service personnel from carrying arms puts the people who work at military installations at risk.

"These guys who were there are at the mercy of someone who is out on a rampage that we saw yesterday, because they know the perpetrator of these crimes know that they're not armed there," the Oklahoma Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday.

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Iraq War veteran Spc. Ivan Lopez went on a shooting spree Wednesday at Ft. Hood in Texas, the largest active-duty military post in the U.S. He killed three people before committing suicide. Another 16 people were injured in the attack.

After the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood, restrictions were tightened regarding firearms regulations. Some lawmakers have argued potential attackers may be emboldened knowing service personnel on military installations are not armed.

Currently, military personnel are restricted from bearing arms on the base. Regulations permit law enforcement and security personnel only to carry weapons, according to the Washington Post.

Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, explained he had introduced legislation to change that three times since 2010. He said attempts had been made "on every defense authorization bill since 2010."

The person who stopped Wednesday's shooter was an armed security woman, Inhofe explained. He said he disagreed with gun control advocates who want to limit the use of arms on military bases.

"I would just disagree with a lot of these gun control people who are trying to blame the guns, instead of the individuals, and allow them to be defended. I think that has to be looked at," he said.

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