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Huckabee: 'Ridiculous' to Make Military 'Check Weapons at the Door'

Huckabee: 'Ridiculous' to Make Military 'Check Weapons at the Door'
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By    |   Friday, 17 July 2015 01:37 PM

It's "ridiculous" to make America's military members to check their weapons at the door, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday, one day after a gunman murdered four unarmed Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

"First we let our military members be armed when on duty, when they're in military installations," Huckabee, a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends," in response to a question about what he would take if elected to the White House. "They're forbidden from carrying sidearms."

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People in the military "are the most heavily trained people in our country to handle firearms," Huckabee said. "It's ridiculous to make them check weapons at the door. They can't defend themselves. They're sitting ducks."

"Gun-free zones" are the "most dangerous places in America," he added. "I'd allocate resources."

He pointed out that after the 9/11 attacks, "we put big focus on agencies to focus on terrorism, but we've moved away from that."

There is still pressure, said Huckabee, "but it's not the same intensity we once had. We need to recognize it's human intelligence, old-fashioned police work that ultimately leads to catch these folks."

For Huckabee, the shootings echo a similar attack in Little Rock, Arkansas, and there have still not been federal charges brought against the shooter.

"In fact, it was about three weeks ago when Andy Long, the man murdered in front of the Army recruiting station, was finally awarded the Purple Heart," he said. "Up until that time, they didn't consider his death to be a military related. It was bizarre."

That medal took an act of Congress, as the Obama administration didn't relent, said Huckabee.

But the cases are "eerily similar," Huckabee said, as "the young man who did the shooting in Little Rock had gone to Yemen, radicalized, came back and had several failed attempts. He announced and said he was jihad."

In Chattanooga, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was identified as the shooter by the FBI, also took trips to the Middle East, including at least one to Jordan and a possible visit to Yemen, a source close to the probe said.

Huckabee said he urges parents to be concerned that their children could be capable of becoming radicalized.

"Watch the documentary 'Losing Our Sons,'" he urged." "It's a gut punch and how easy this can happen."

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It's "ridiculous" to make America's military members to check their weapons at the door, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday, one day after a gunman murdered four unarmed Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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