Many conservatives have been claiming that if U.S. soldiers could carry guns on military bases, then shooting incidents such as the one at Ft. Hood on Wednesday could be stopped.
That theory was put to debate today, when MSNBC military analyst, medal of Honor winner and retired U.S. Colonel Jack Jacobs appeared with pro-gun advocate John Lott on "Jansing and Co," notes MediaMatters.org (video below).
"The situation that existed at Fort Hood the other day, in a circumstance in which everybody has weapons, could very easily result and probably would have resulted in an enormous mass fratricide, and you would have this all the time," stated Jacobs. "Arming everybody in a civilian situation like at Fort Hood would result in a terrible, terrible tragedy, larger than this one."
According to RawStory.com, Jacobs also said, “The assumption is the shooter values his won life, more than he does carrying out what he’s going to carry out. And, therefore, he’s not going to do it if everybody else is armed? Complete nonsense. We saw with Lopez, for example, that he killed himself, and the large majority of mass shooters do the same thing.”
When Lott tried to cut off Jacobs later in the program, Jacobs fired back, "Be quiet... please, don't be rude."
"No responsible commander would ever agree to arm all of his soldiers on post, that's all there is to it, and I know, I've commanded lots of troops in and out of combat," added Jacobs.
Lott claimed that Adam Lanza, who killed 20 children at the Sandy Hook School, was looking for media coverage (even though he killed himself and didn't see any media whatsoever).
Lott said that if we simply limited the media coverage of mass shootings then "you can deter them from committing these horrendous crimes.”
However, The Los Angeles Times reports that Ft. Hood shooter Army Spec. Ivan Lopez started his shooting rampage soon after learning that his leave request to deal with family matters regarding his mother’s death had been denied.
The leave rejection was what set off Spec. Lopez, said a federal government official close to the investigation.