Fort Hood Mother: Why Am I Able to Defend Myself Better Than My Son Is?
As I’m sure you’re aware by now, I am a strong supporter of finding a way to arm any service personnel that works on a military base on US soil.
We’re forcing people who are all trained in the use of firearms to be sitting ducks while they do their day to day jobs. Yes, I know the Military Police carry firearms, however just like the civilian police force cannot defend us when seconds count, the MP cannot defend our military personnel when seconds count.
This holds especially true on larger military bases where it might take several minutes for a police presence to respond to a threat.
One mother of a Fort Hood soldier is now speaking out on just that issue. Lynda Voyles-Konecny gave an interview to WHNT and questioned why she was in a better position to defend herself from attack than her son is. According to a report by WHNT,
Voyles-Konecny’s son, Jason, has been stationed there for the past 7 years. “He didn’t have a weapon to defend himself with,” she said. “It’s hard to talk about, had he had that weapon, I’m confident he would have taken out that shooter.”
They defend us overseas, but they’re defenseless at bases. She said she doesn’t understand the reasoning behind the law. “Well for one thing, they’re trained. They know rules of engagement, we send them off to war, they have their guns, they come home, and then they’re taken away from them on their homes bases,” she said. “They can’t defend their family, their coworkers, they can’t defend themselves.”
“I think we should have a dialogue to find out why and where we can improve,” she said. “I think we need to have a defense where you have at least two officers that can be armed in all buildings on all military installations.”
“I’m in a better position to defend my family than he is, and that’s a shame.”
It really is a shame.