Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas have introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which will direct the Department of Defense to allow military members to carry side-arms for personal protection while on duty.
Here’s what John McCain had to say on proposed legislation to allow members of the military to finally be able to protect themselves while serving on bases in the US.
“Long before the Chattanooga attack, we had been working to clarify a post commander’s authority to allow carrying of personal firearms,” the statement from McCain and Thornberry said. “This year’s National Defense Authorization Act will reflect that work. Together, we will direct the Pentagon to end the disconnect between the threats our warfighters and their families face and the tools they have to defend themselves.”
Proponents of the policy have been calling for the arming of US military members since the 2009 attack on Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and 30 injured, but not until more of our military were murdered was there action of any kind from anyone. Yet McCain says that they’ve been working on it a long time.
Well, Louie Gohmert says that’s not true.
“John McCain is a war hero for what he suffered during the Vietnam War, but he’s certainly no hero for what he’s been stopping. We couldn’t find a single senator that would bring the same amendment [to arm military personnel]. We got it as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate is now negotiating with the House on that final bill. They would not, not one single Senator would bring that amendment to the Senate floor, John McCain didn’t want it.”
He adds, “So I am thrilled that John McCain is at least verbalizing that he wants to allow our military to protect themselves. That has not been his position in the past.”
Not one single senator brought an amendment to the floor since 2009, yet McCain says they’ve been working on it a long time. Louie Gohmert also points out that McCain twice voted down providing body armor for our military.
People can attack Donald Trump all they want, but he got it right on McCain. Whatever may have happened to give McCain any inkling of hero status has been negated out multiple times by his actions.