There has been much controversy over the past few years on the subject of whether or not military personnel should be allowed to carry a sidearm while in uniform. The Second Amendment allows for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Although they are the few who fight for these rights, they themselves are refused the joys of these very same rights they have chosen to protect. Even after extensive training in weapons handling and tactical movement with a variety of different units and weapons. Military personnel are refused the liberty of carrying a sidearm on military bases.
A simple Beretta 9mm (sidearm) could have been the difference in the Ft. Hood TX shooting with Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 and wounded 32 per the Telegraph UK. However, none of the military persons in the area were given the authority (that they should already have by the 2nd Amendment) to have and carry a weapon. Had the U.S. Army allowed that each person in the combat arms units, trained in weapons and tactics for overseas missions, that are of a certain rank (like Sgt. E-5 and over) to have the ability and right to carry a sidearm (either issued or personal) Hasan might not have been able to get more than a single shot off. Consider the fact that if each and every combat arms of E-5 Rank and higher had a side arm, much like in combat, there would be little to no chance of an enemy attack being successful on a military post. As well, by placing the charge on those of a specific MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) and rank, this would limit the likelihood of a rouge gunman or untrained person to have the opportunity to misuse a weapon.
Although, not every person would agree with the idea of arming our military personnel here in America. I would have to ask them, why not? They themselves are given the tasks of training with, maintaining and keeping positive control of their weapons in everyday life while deployed. Just as well, during both live and training missions they are trained to effectively eliminate targets, with precise judgement, on the fly, with little to no casualties. They gain more trigger time by the time they are made a SGT. than most police officers in a twenty year carrier.
Per the NBC Washington online, their has been more than 20 shootings that might have been able to have been stopped or hindered just by more trained personnel with guns in the area of the activity. If it hadn't been enough to thwart the attacks altogether. After all, it is said "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun". It is not the weapon that is evil or wrong but the intentions of those who wield it. If we can gain such a superior force that no one wishes to attempt to oppose it, then we have succeeded in stopping our enemies before they even attack. This was President Regan's idea that proved to be successful in dealing with our enemies from Cuba to the Russians and then some. Why then, can it not be just as effective for our military personnel?
We should give the trained professionals the ability to defend themselves, one-an-other and each and every American's Freedom.
The picture below, depicts just some of the weapons that military combat arms are trained and proficient in.