Skip to main content

U.S. Troops: Can't Trust 'Em With Guns?

U.S. Troops: Can't Trust 'Em With Guns?

British newspaper the Telegraph is reporting that U.S. and British troops were ordered to hand over their personal arms before attending a speech by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9144379/Soldiers-asked-to-disarm-during-Leon-Panetta-speech.html

The British paper quoted Marine Maj. Gen. Mark Gurganus as saying he gave the order because Afghan troops attending the talk were unarmed and he wanted the policy to be consistent for all.

"You've got one of the most important people in the world in the room," he told the New York Times, "This is not a big deal. I wanted to have the Marines look just like their Afghan partners."

The Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/world/asia/panetta-visits-afghanistan-following-massacre.html?scp=1&sq=Gurganus&st=cse#h[])  quoted Marine Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall, who told reporters  "All I know is I was told to get the weapons out. Somebody got itchy - that's all I've got to say. Somebody got itchy. We just adjust."


The Times said Garganus had decided on Tuesday that no one would be armed while Panetta spoke, but that word had not reached those in charge at Camp Leatherneck until shortly before the defense secretary was due to arrive.


Now, I'm not one to draw broad conclusions from one little news story, but in light of the many incidents where Afghan troops and police have killed their U.S. counterparts, and with tensions high after the recent killing of 16 Afghan civilians by an apparently deranged U.S. soldier, Gen. Garganus' order seems a bit odd.

It may be that Garganus issued the order strictly on his own, and when you are a two-star general, everyone else is going to salute and go carry it out. The general doubtless knows a lot more than the rest of us about the local conditions, and may have had very good reasons for his command.

But when you look at it in the context of Clinton-era rules forbidding troops to be armed on U.S. bases, a lot of gun owners are going to conclude that Democratic politicians don't trust U.S. service members with guns any more than they trust the rest of us.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Citadel Boss 25 Magazine Adapter

Citadel Boss 25 Magazine Adapter

Will Dabbs gives a rundown on how to limit the magazine capacity in your Citadel Boss 25 to stay in compliance with hunting laws.

Brownells Model BRN-601 AR-15 Review

Brownells Model BRN-601 AR-15 Review

Firearms News editor Vincent L. DeNiro took the Brownells BRN-601 AR-15 to the range for a test drive.

Leupold Freedom RDS

Leupold Freedom RDS

Patrick Sweeney reviews the Leupold Freedom RDS optic with bullet drop compensator!

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The Wilson Combat-SIG Sauer WCP320 pistol is now legal for IDPA Stock Service Pistol Class Competition and USPSA Production/Carry Optics Classifications.WCP320 Pistol Now Legal for IDPA and USPSA Handguns

WCP320 Pistol Now Legal for IDPA and USPSA

Firearms News Staff - August 14, 2020

The Wilson Combat-SIG Sauer WCP320 pistol is now legal for IDPA Stock Service Pistol Class...

First fielded during World War I, the Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR went on to serve through World War II, Korea and into Vietnam.Inside Story on the .30-caliber BAR Historical

Inside Story on the .30-caliber BAR

Samantha Knight - August 15, 2020

First fielded during World War I, the Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR went on to serve through...

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong 2nd Amendment

Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong

Buckeye Firearms Association - August 24, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is “subject to the jurisdiction of Texas courts” in a First Amendment case brought by Defense Distributed, a Texas-based firm, and the Second Amendment Foundation.SAF, Defense Distributed Win Court Victory in 3D Gun Case 2nd Amendment

SAF, Defense Distributed Win Court Victory in 3D Gun Case

Second Amendment Foundation - August 22, 2020

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that New Jersey Attorney General...

See More Trending Articles

More 2nd Amendment

The Second Amendment Foundation strongly supports President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.SAF Applauds Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court 2nd Amendment

SAF Applauds Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court

Second Amendment Foundation - September 30, 2020

The Second Amendment Foundation strongly supports President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge...

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition, alongside three young adults from PA, have filed a lawsuit, Lara v. Evanchick, against the state seeking for all statutes preventing those under 21 from obtaining a license to carry a firearm be declared unconstitutional.Gun Battle in The Keystone State 2nd Amendment

Gun Battle in The Keystone State

Mark Chesnut - October 27, 2020

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition, alongside three young...

See More 2nd Amendment

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Firearms News App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now