Congressmen, Marine call for policy change after shooting

Congressmen, Marine call for policy change after shooting

Federal Agents are trying to find out why a young man gunned down four Marines Thursday in Chattanooga. The focus also turns to security at armed forces recruiting offices. Some say the shooting spree is a wake-up call for the president and lawmakers to make a policy change. The policy prohibits weapons inside those offices.
Dick Baker is a proud Marine who served in Vietnam.

"There is no such thing as an ex-Marine," he said. Once you are a Marine you are a Marine for life."

Baker, a former U.S. Prosecutor, is trying to cope with what happened. 

"I felt two emotions very strongly," he said. Mourning and anger."

The anger has to do with signs posted at all armed forces recruiting offices, which states weapons are prohibited. 

"People are not allowed to be armed," Baker said. They are trained and it is a travesty that this had to happen particularly the fact that there an announced target."

Baker said the president needs to take action.  

"This could be changed by a stroke of pen and a telephone call and if it's not done that way than I fully feel Congress should act and change the law so the people can be armed," he said.

A Dallas Congressman and our representative agree. 

Jeb Hensarling said, "It strikes me an an insane policy to have our men and women in uniform who are to defend our nation in that we leave them defenseless."

Randy Neugebauer said, "It doesn't make sense that we would leave our soldiers when they are in the U.S, on military bases and malls or those kind of facilities, we would leave them unarmed. So, I think we are going to have to rethink how we are going to provide proper security."

LPD Lieutenant Ray Mendoza said police are being extra vigilant at all military recruiting offices in Lubbock.

"So they would be more aware and drive around the installations and be more prepared to respond should anything like that happen here," he said. The majority of our officers have military experience or served in some sort of fashion in the military, and so we are all prepared to help one another out."

Baker is adamant something needs to be done. He said what happened in Tennessee was not only tragic, but unnecessary.

"We were warned," he said. We did nothing in terms of changing policy to protect those Marines. They are going to get full benefits and that is one small consolation if your husband, or your dad are not coming home because they were killed while unable to defend themselves."

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