President Trump confirmed Friday that he would review the current federal policies in place surrounding troops’ ability to carry firearms inside military bases. The proposed changes are likely spurred by the recent Florida school shooting that claimed 17 lives—only 1 other person on campus other than the shooter was armed, and he ran away.
Current policies restrict troops from carrying private firearms on base. President Trump called it a safety issue.
In the past, the Department of Defense has strayed from changing firearm policies for fears that it could lead to accidental shootings or higher suicide success rates.
President Trump delivered his comments during a speech at the annual Conservative conference known as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“We’re going to look at that whole military base gun-free zone,” Trump explained. “If we can’t have our military holding guns, it’s pretty bad. We had a number of instances on military bases, you know that. So we want to protect our military. We want to make our military stronger and better than it’s ever been before.”
The Commander in Chief also spoke of the Chattanooga shooting and how the gunman was able to take the lives of 5 military members who were unarmed. Even after the incident, the Department of Defense refused to arm its personnel.
“They were on a military base in a gun-free zone,” President Trump spoke. “They were asked to check their guns quite far away, and a maniac walked in, guns blazing, killed all five of them. He wouldn’t have had a chance if these world-class marksmen had, on a military base, access to their guns.”
The President’s suggested changes for the military also come alongside other proposed ideas to arm school personnel.
“I don’t want a person that’s never handled a gun, that wouldn’t know what a gun looks like, to be armed,” Trump said. “But out of your teaching population, you have 10 percent, 20 percent of very gun-adept people, military people, law enforcement people. They teach.”
Long-term, President Trump also explained that it falls upon the education system as a whole to restore the belief in young people that human life is cherished and violence is condemned.