Monday, July 20, 2015

How To Arm Military Recruiters

When I was in the Navy and serving on ships, the in-port quarterdeck was where all access to the ship occurred. When a visitor crossed the brow (gangplank, civilians call it), (s)he was confronted with at least one armed sailor whose job was to prevent intruders from gaining access to the ship. This sailor openly wore a pistol on a web belt, and during the hours he was on duty the gun remained belted around his waist. Remarkably, no accidental discharges occurred (/sarc). It would be quite easy to designate an NCO at each military recruiting office to be officially armed, prepared to deal with situations such as the shootings in Chattanooga. Such an NCO would hand the gun off to another NCO when going to lunch, and take it back upon return. At the end of the working day the gun could be locked in an on-premises safe, or taken home by the NCO in charge of it.

Problem solved.


Tewshooz said...

That one NCO would be the first target taken out. Arm them all at the recruiting station. These men are all trained in weapons. They should at least be afforded the same level of defense an any citizen who carries concealed.

Rev. Paul said...

Good idea, Bob, but Tewshooz has a point. Arm them all. After all, the recruiters are volunteers, so they shouldn't mind an additional bit o' training for the billet.

Bob said...

@Tewshooz, Rev. Paul: you're forgetting that this is the Obama administration we're dealing with, and a possible Hillary Clinton administration to follow. They are already gun and military haters; Obama can't even be bothered to honor the deaths of the Chattanooga personnel by flying flags at half staff (as he did when Whitney Houston overdosed on drugs). They don't give a shit about dead military personnel.

Additionally, the more people you arm at a recruiting office, the more you scare the people whose sons and daughters need to go there to sign up. If a recruiter's office is viewed as a free-fire zone or Dodge City (and that is how it will be presented by the MSM), recruiting will suffer.

Will said...

that is what concealed carry is good for. Not scaring the sheeple. It would be best if the military doesn't mandate the exact location of the weapon, as the best concealed location may vary depending on body type and weapon type/size. Just mandate on-body carry.

Bob said...

@Will: good suggestion, but the design of most military uniforms precludes concealed carry, unless you're talking ankle carry or belly band. Recruiters tend to wear Uniform of the Day rather than utilities, and most of those uniforms aren't compatible with IWB or shoulder carry, unless a jacket or sweater is worn. OK during fall and winter, no good during spring/summer.