Retired Commanders Urge Gun Control

Washington Report

(December 12, 2017) In the wake of gun tragedies in Las Vegas and a Texas church that killed more than 80 people, 16 retired military commanders have told Congress that “thoughts and prayers will not bring solutions.”

In a letter to top lawmakers, they said that gun-control legislation could be effective without violating the Second Amendment rights of Americans. They said Congress is “no longer speaking or voting for the majority of Americans, including gun owners,” according to The Washington Post.

Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a former NATO commander, Adm. Eric T. Olson, Marine Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Cheney and Gen. Michael V. Hayden are four of the retired commanders who signed the letter. They are part of a coalition of veterans pushing for gun control. The group was founded by retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded during an assassination attempt in 2011.

The letter arrived this month as the House was considering a bill that would allow a person from a concealed-carry state to wear that weapon in a state that had no such law. The bill passed the House last week.

According to the newspaper, retired Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal said it is “an affront to both our safety as a nation and the common sense of its citizens that Congress would consider actually weakening our gun laws. Untrained and potentially dangerous people have no business carrying guns in our communities, but the concealed-carry bill in the House would allow exactly that.”