Since an Islamic terrorist brutally murdered four unarmed Marines on Thursday, there has been much talk about the need to change the gun-free zone policy at military sites.Now, today, one governor put that talk into action. Yep, you guessed it, it’s none other than Governor Greg Abbott in Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott announced Saturday he will authorize the Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm National Guard personnel at military facilities across Texas.
This order comes following the recent shooting on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee that resulted in the deaths of four United States Marines and one Navy Sailor.“It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order,” said Governor Abbott. “After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil. Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base.”
With so many of our so-called leaders appearing painfully milk toast on this matter, we cheer Governor Abbott for taking action — and taking it now. There’s no excuse to allow this type of tragedy to happen yet again. We can only hope that others will follow Governor Abbott’s lead in short order.
UPDATE: The list of states whose governors have ordered National Guardsmen to be armed now includes Indiana, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.