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An act of cowardice and terror
Sally and I are praying for the families of the Marines who were gunned down yesterday in Chattanooga and for the citizens of Tennessee. We ask our service members to risk their lives on our behalf when we deploy them to foreign lands to fight our enemies. They understand the inherent risks that come with the jobs they do, and that is part of what makes their voluntary service so incredible. They should not have to fear for their safety when they come home to their families.
The FBI and military are actively investigating what happened yesterday, the shooter’s history, and the motivations behind this cowardly act of terror. My committee has been working on a bill that would require the Secretary of Defense to come up with procedures to allow our service members to carry their weapons on military installations. That is not the only solution to prevent attacks like this one from happening in the future, but our service members should be allowed to defend themselves.
FBI Director Comey recently told Congress that we cannot stop every act of terror. He is right, but we can do more to give our intelligence and national security agencies the tools they need to protect us. Unfortunately, because of leaked national security information containing fragments, inaccuracies, and speculation, we have been taking steps backwards and tying our hands from gathering intelligence that can help stop attacks like this one. We must also do more to combat the ideological war that groups like ISIS are waging and winning right now.
I believe the first job of the federal government is to defend the country and protect our citizens within the framework of the Constitution, and I will continue to do all I can to contribute to that effort.
I spoke with Martha MacCallum about this attack recently on Fox News. You can watch the interview by clicking the image below.
Click here to watch my interview.