In Defense of LCDR Timothy White, U.S. Navy

To the Honorable Congressman X:

Lieutenant Commander Timothy White, U.S. Navy, faces charges for carrying and discharging a firearm on federal property.   During the gunfire in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, terror attack, LCDR White shot at the terrorist in hopes of saving lives.

What he did was good, right, moral, and true, fully in keeping with American values, principles, and “the supreme Law of the Land.”

He should NOT be brought up on charges.  If anything, he should be given medals for valor and bravery in the face of the enemy.

I am a retired military officer, one sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.  I have fought in combat on many occasions.

I am also very familiar with base regulations, having gone through them in detail at every duty station to make certain that I never violated their provisions and restrictions, particularly with respect to firearms.

When I began my military career in 1989, members of the military were allowed to keep personal firearms in both their vehicles and quarters.  Allowing those of us defending our Constitution to exercise one of its key provisions was the good, right, moral and true thing to do.  Sadly, over the years our right to keep and bear arms has been increasingly infringed, particularly on military bases.

LCDR White is a conscientious American who had the foresight to exercise his Constitutional rights in response to the elevated terrorist threat condition.  His clear-headed thinking and courageous actions saved innocent lives.

Using him as a fall guy for sick, twisted, anti-American policies of the Obama administration is the most heinous and cowardly response anyone could ever take.

In light of these circumstances, I firmly believe — emphatically — that the charges should be dropped post haste.

I respectfully implore you to do everything in your power to bring the Obama administration officials as well as the senior military officers who prohibited arms in violation of the U.S. Constitution to justice.

Yes, Congressman X, you heard me correctly.  This is the responsibility of the senior military officials and the Obama administration.  Despite the fact that so-called “gun free zones” comprise less than 10% of the locations frequented by honest, law-abiding Americans, they comprise more than 85% of the locations where mass-murders occur.  In fact, they are chose by mass murderers and terrorists precisely for that reason, that occupants are un-armed.

Put another way, when you create a gun-free zone without providing thoroughly capable and competent border security, you put innocent lives at risk.

This practice MUST STOP.  As a Christian, I find it abhorrent!  As an American, I see that it clearly violates the Second Amendment’s clear and undeniable prohibition:  “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  Our Founding Fathers drafted the Second Amendment to provide for the security of a free state.  Infringements like “gun free zones” violate the Second Amendment and put innocent lives in danger.  As a retired member of the military, these infringements on our Constitutional rights visit harm on innocent Americans.

Again, this blitheringly idiotic nonsense MUST STOP.  We the People can NOT afford to tolerate such nonsense.  Federal grounds or not, that sign and any similar law remain a distinct and clear violation of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms — and for very good reason, as we’ve just seen demonstrated in Chattanooga, not to mention Ft. Hood, Aurora, Oikos University, Carthage nursing home, Northern Illinois University, Kirkwood City Council, Westroads Mall, Virginia Tech, Amish school, Goleta postal shootings, Lockheed Martin, Navistar, Columbine High School, Atlanta day trading, Thurston High School, Westide Middle School, Caltrans, R.E. Phelon Company, Walter Rossler Company, and Fairchild Air Force Base.

What do all of these mass shootings over the last 20 years have in common?

ALL of them occurred in so-called “gun free zones,” where honest, law-abiding citizens were un-Constitutionally FORBIDDEN to keep and bear arms, thereby putting them in harm’s way.

We must stop filing charges against those who lawfully exercise their Constitutional rights and start enforcing the Constitution.

Sincerely,

A veteran

*****  UPDATE  *****

I wrote this article on August 2, 2015.  As of August 5, 2015, the following information was released:

“The Navy has countered reports that White would be charged, which spurred a national backlash. “At this time we can confirm no service member has been charged with an offense,” the Navy said in a statement.  It also faced a backlash over why troops at “soft” military targets such as recruiting centers — which are often in easy-to-reach places like shopping malls — were not allowed to carry weapons.” – Source

“White was reported to be one of two service members carrying sidearms at the time of the attack, which could have led to charges. The Department of Defense prohibits all military personnel other than security forces from carrying arms while on base unless they are in a combat zone.” – Source

If this hasn’t been rectified, if the Constitutional rights of members of the United States military to keep and bare arms are still being infringed on military bases, then our leaders in Congress and in the military aren’t finished.

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