America's military men and women must be allowed to carry weapons to protect themselves on the nation's military bases — or more bloodshed may result, says Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia.
"Those of us in the military know how to use arms. We know how to identify a target and make sure the target is the proper target and to kill a target if it's a threat," the Republican lawmaker, who is a doctor in the Navy Reserve, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" Thursday on Newsmax TV.
"When I was in Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, I had a 9mm pistol on me at all times and it was loaded. All I had to do was pull the slide back and it'd be locked and loaded and ready to go, pull the trigger.
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"And if our military forces across this country could have firearms on their persons, I don't think we would have four people dead."
On Wednesday, authorities say, Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three unarmed soldiers and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself at Fort Hood, Texas.
The horrifying violence occurred nearly five years after Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, shot 13 people to death and injured more than 30 others at the same base.
"They're cowards – they pick the weakest link of people where they have no means of protecting themselves and frankly we need to have firearms on all of our military personnel," Broun said.
Broun, a member of the House Tea Party Caucus, said it is too early to rule out a possible terrorist motive.
"We just need to get the facts and have some independent evaluation of what's going on there in the U.S. Army and what they're doing," he said.
"If the reports are correct, this specialist went into one hallway and shot it up, went down another hallway and actually was shooting between these two different buildings or hallways and went down another one shooting it up.
"[He] then went up to an MP, approached him with a gun … killed himself."
Broun wants lawmakers to pass legislation ending the prohibition of military personnel from carrying weapons on bases.
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