December 17, 2019
Dozens of Navy pilots have written a letter to congressmen insisting that they be permitted to carry weapons on bases, Fox News reported on Sunday.
The demand comes following the killing of three people earlier this month at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi Arabian officer training there. Two days before that, a sailor at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard fatally shot two people before killing himself.
“It is reprehensible that a military installation, much less its warfighters based there, be at the mercy of off-base, civilian law enforcement when faced with an immediate threat to their lives,” the letter states.
The pilots pointed out in the letter that one of the victims at the Pensacola base was a weapons expert who died while standing duty unarmed, stating that “ENS Joshua Kaleb Watson was a small-arms instructor and captain of the rifle team at the United States Naval Academy. Yet when charged with standing the watch, he was equipped with nothing more than a logbook and a pen.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:46 am