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RonnieB

RonnieB: The order Mr. Spitler is referring to (Department of Defense directive 5210.56, which was issued on February 25, 1992) went into affect a year before President Clinton took office.
The writer seems to think that thirteen dead in one incident is worse than hundreds of dead over the last twenty years. While I agree that the events at the DC Navy shipyard are a tragedy, here is a thought. How many drunk twenty-year olds would have died on various military installations around the country, if personal weapons were as prevalent on military posts as they are around Arizona. I once woke up in an Army barracks to find a knife fight occurring at the foot of my bed. Personally, I was very glad that no one was waving a pistol around that night.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:43 pm


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