Special Operations Speaks Co-founder Colonel Richard F. Brauer Jr. USAF (Ret.) issued the following statement in response to the recent shooting that took place in Chattanooga, TN:
“America lost five of her defenders when a gunman, inspired by Radical Islam, opened fire at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, TN, on July 16.
“This national tragedy—this act of terrorism—was facilitated by the federal policy that mandates ‘Gun-Free Zones’ at bases and other military workplaces.
“It’s time for Congress to act and end Gun-Free Zones—or, more aptly, ‘Free-Fire Zones’—that leave our men and women in uniform vulnerable to attack. We simply cannot permit these asinine rules to continue when they have caused the deaths of so many brave American service members.
“On behalf of Special Operations Speaks and the veterans we represent, I am calling on members of the Secret Service and DC Capitol Police to lay down their arms in protest until Congress acts. Congress, not to mention members of the other two branches of government, should not enjoy the benefits of security while denying them to our military community.
“I believe if the three branches of government are forced to feel the same insecurity that our service members feel at their workplaces around the country, Congress will be inspired to act and end the ‘Gun-Free’ policies that assist ISIS and other enemies of America and endanger the lives of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.”
Special Operations Speaks encourages all Americans to contact the U.S. Secret Service Public Affairs Office at 202-406-5708 and the DC Capitol Police Watch Commander’s Office at 202-224-0908—urge them to lay down their arms in protest of the ‘Gun-Free’ policies that endanger our men and women in uniform every day.