Congress Allows For Armed Troops on Bases, Sets Up Battle With Obama

Four Marines were killed when a gunman attacked two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said.

Congress is preparing to put a piece of legislation of the president’s desk that would force him to either do what it is right or to once again demonstrate his allegiance to his liberal ideology over the responsibilities of his office.

In the aftermath of the Chattanooga attack, Congress has authored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which will instruct the Department of Defense to allow servicemen to carry sidearms for their personal protection while on duty.

The fact that our military members are disarmed and made to be sitting targets for anyone who wishes them harm is a gross failure of leadership.

“Long before the Chattanooga attack, we had been working to clarify a post commander’s authority to allow carrying of personal firearms,” the statement from Senators John McCain and Mac Thornberry read. “This year’s National Defense Authorization Act will reflect that work. Together, we will direct the Pentagon to end the disconnect between the threats our warfighters and their families face and the tools they have to defend themselves.”

Will the president bow to common sense and allow our armed service personnel the ability to defend themselves?

Or will he defer to his ideology and veto the bill, essentially ensuring the blood from the next attack will be on his hands?

Truthfully, it will be a tough decision for the president who will undoubtedly face criticism regardless of what avenue he chooses.

But that is why the move by Congress is so brilliant. It places the decision squarely on the president’s shoulders.

Obama could sign the law and use it as proof that he is pragmatic and sensible. Somehow I doubt that he will.

He has already proven time and time again that his ideology is more important than his responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.