Texas Governor Gregg Abbott made the decision today to allow the Texas National Guard to carry weapons with them on base. His decision comes following the killing of now five military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, earlier this week.
In a released statement, Abbott said, “It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order. After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil. Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base.”
Texas is not the first state to take a stand against the horrible murder committed last week. Arkansas’ Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered the Arkansas National Guard Adjutant General Mark Berry to arm all full-time military personnel, as well.
KFSM, a local Arkansas TV station, reported that one of the marines killed in the Chattanooga attack was an Arkansas Native.
He continued, “I want to join in those who are calling for greater security at our recruiting stations and military installations. We’ve had numerous instances of attacks. Clearly they are a target, and for us to have unarmed military personnel makes no sense, which is why I am directing Major General Mark Berry to arm full-time personnel as he deems necessary at military installations.”
I hope more governors join Abbott and Hutchinson in arming our servicemembers.