UPDATE: The FBI has concluded that one Marine and one Naval Officer used personal handguns to shoot back at the terrorist. –Marky
The word has come down that FBI investigators in Tennessee have found a Glock 9mm pistol at the Naval / Marine depot where all the fatalities took place. The preliminary theory is the weapon was personally owned since the Glock isn’t an official military sidearm. But in my opinion it’s too early to tell. Glock’s are everywhere and it is certainly possible a Glock was somehow unofficially “in residence”.
Over the coming days and weeks, people on both sides of the Second Amendment debate will use this development to drive their own agenda. Those on the Left will decry the weapon as not making a difference. Those on the Right will claim this is proof that all pistols suck, and stateside military should be allowed to carry rifles in self defense.
I wasn’t there and I don’t have any inside information about the investigation. So we will just have to wait and see how the shooting was initiated, transpired and ultimately ended? Prayers for the Marines and Naval Services.
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The FBI has recovered a pistol that may have been privately owned and used by one of the Marines killed here Thursday during the shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center, according to law enforcement officials.
Investigators are trying to determine, based on forensics, whether the pistol, a 9mm Glock, was used in an exchange with the shooter, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, and possibly wounded him, officials said.
The standard-issue pistol for military personnel authorized to carry a sidearm is a variant of the 9mm Beretta 92. According to the Marine unit’s commanding officer, Maj. Mike Abrams, Marines are not authorized to carry personally owned firearms while at the support center.
An FBI spokesman declined to comment.
The shooting has prompted calls to arm military personnel at bases and other facilities, including recruiting centers, in the United States. In the 1990s, the Pentagon restricted who can carry weapons at domestic military facilities, ostensibly to make them safer by allowing only military police to carry weapons in most situations.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, called Friday for the Pentagon to do more to protect troops.
“Long before the Chattanooga attack, we had been working to clarify a post commander’s authority to allow carrying of personal firearms,” McCain and Thornberry said in a joint statement. “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 war fighters and their families face and the tools they have to defend themselves.”
Law enforcement officials said they were still sifting through details of Abdulazeez’s life and trying to figure out what specifically led to shootings. Abdulazeez, whose family said he had been suffering from depression, did not have an extensive social-media profile, officials said.
A family representative said Monday that the FBI also recovered personal writings from his house that were depressive and contained extremist views, including references to martyrdom. The notes did not appear to be written recently.
Four Marines were killed Thursday when Abdulazeez, after ramming his rented Ford Mustang through a gate, headed into the reserve center and began firing. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, the fifth service member killed in the attack, died from his wounds early Saturday.
Before entering the reserve center, Abdulazeez had fired more than 50 rounds into a recruiting office 15 minutes away on the other side of town. No one was injured in that exchange — most likely because of the office’s recently installed bulletproof windows.