The attack last July on a recruiting office in Tennessee has prompted the Air Force to remind commanders they may authorize qualified airmen to carry weapons on base while off duty and out of uniform. The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of “active-shooter incidents across the country” found that many ended without police intervention because someone present with a weapon stopped the shooter.Three programs authorize commanders at all levels — as long as they have authorization from the base commander — to allow conceal-carry or open-carry on the installation.
I find it rather interesting the Air Force is taking the lead on this. I haven’t seen anything from the other services in line with this.
The Unit Marshall program seems rather sensible.
Do I think every PFC should be packing heat during the working day? Not really. I think that would likely lead to more problems than solutions. But should the Staff Duty NCO at Battalion headquarters have access to a piece in case of an active shooter? Absolutely.