Should members of the military be allowed to carry guns on bases?

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Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, is taking issue with laws that ban the carrying of concealed weapons on military bases, even if soldiers have a permit. If more service members were able to carry weapons, McCaul told Fox News' Megyn Kelly Wednesday night, they might not have faced the "problem" in both Fort Hood shootings of being unable to defend themselves.

"This is the deal, Megyn, is that al Qaeda and terrorists and jihadists are targeting our military bases, that is a fact," McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said. "And if they are trained in warfare, they can carry weapons in warfare, it seems to me there is some logic to allowing them to carry weapons on a military base where they can defend themselves."

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the commanding general at Fort Hood, said in a press conference earlier that evening that he didn't believe the rules should be changed.

"We have law enforcement agents and trained professionals and I don't endorse carrying concealed weapons on base," he said.

A bill to allow permitted service members to carry concealed weapons on base was introduced after the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, which left 13 people dead and 30 wounded, but it did not go anywhere in Congress. McCaul urged lawmakers to revisit the issue.

Chris Grollnek, a former Marine and law enforcement professional who has become an expert in training for, responding to and preventing active shooter situations,told CBS News that the best way to prepare for active shooter events is by training people how to respond during the time it takes law enforcement to respond - an average of 14 minutes.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.

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