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With America 'at War,' Kerik Calls for Guns on Military Bases

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 10:56 PM

Saying America is "at war with a radical Islamic movement," former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax he thinks it's time for the military to think about letting soldiers carry weapons on bases, recruiting centers, and military offices in the wake of Thursday's deadly attack in Tennessee.

A gunman shot and killed four Marines in Chattanooga on Thursday morning. He's been identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who is believed to have been born in Kuwait.

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Abdulazeez was living in Hixon, Tenn., at the time of the shootings, and authorities are investigating the case as a possible "act of domestic terrorism," said Bill Killian, the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Tennessee.

During an appearance on Newsmax TV's  "Newsmax Prime," Kerik told host J.D. Hayworth he thinks letting members of the military, aside from on-duty MPs, carry weapons should be "considered."

"We are at war with a radical Islamic movement and if we don't get it, I don't know when we're going to get it," Kerik said. "At this point, we've got to make sure that our military bases, those recruitment officers, the naval bases, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and things like that, we got to make sure they're secured."

Kerik argued that allowing soldiers to carry weapons would be a good place to start.

"In civilian capacity, a police officer's on duty 24 hours a day. I don't see why that couldn't be the case within the military bases," Kerik said. "We have a ton of special operations personnel that are qualified with every weapon under the sun walking around these bases unarmed. I don't see why they themselves couldn't be armed in some capacity. This is something that should be looked at."

Kerik also said it might be time to let MPs carry weapons other than when they're on shift.

"The MPs wear sidearms on bases when they're in active capacity. You go out for a tour of duty patrolling the base, you have a sidearm on you at that point," he said. "Once you're off duty, once your eight hours is done, that firearm goes back into the armory and it stays there until you go out on duty the next day you're issued a weapon.

"It's time to look at these guys and see if they can be armed in some other capacity besides their eight-hour tour of duty."

Military recruitment centers in New York City, meanwhile, received beefed-up security measures as a precaution following Thursday's attack.

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