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September 17, 2013

“A foolish consistency….”

Filed under: Stray dog attack — by Christopher Bellavita on September 17, 2013
 
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Call them stray dogs, not lone wolves, said a guy I know.  He got the idea from John Brennan who believes we should “take away some of the power associated with the wolf, and [reduce] the image to a small dog with his tail between his legs slinking in the shadows.” (ff)

1.  MISHAPS INVOLVING PERSONAL FIREARMS HAVE RESULTED IN SERIOUS INJURY AND DEATH.  IN FY08, AT LEAST 28 ACTS OF SAILOR MISCONDUCT OR SUICIDE OCCURRED ONBOARD NAVY INSTALLATIONS, AND ANOTHER 111 SUCH INCIDENTS OCCURRED OFF-BASE; 26 RESULTED IN DEATH.  THIS MESSAGE SUMMARIZES RECENT CHANGES IN POLICY INTENDED TO PREVENT THESE TRAGIC MISHAPS.

From the Washington Post (in a story that is still unraveling)

At least 13 people are dead and 14 others were injured after a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday….

The incident, in which the death toll rose almost hourly, represents the single worst loss of life in the District since an airliner plunged into the Potomac River in 1982, killing 78.

2.  A RECENT REVIEW OF FIREARMS POLICY RESULTED IN UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR THE INTRODUCTION, POSSESSION, AND STORAGE OF PERSONAL WEAPONS ONBOARD NAVY INSTALLATIONS.  REF A ESTABLISHES MINIMUM REGISTRATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS, AND DIRECTS INSTALLATION COMMANDING OFFICERS TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS FOR THE STRICT CONTROL AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF PERSONAL FIREARMS AUTHORIZED ONBOARD NAVY INSTALLATIONS.  AN IMPORTANT CHANGE IN POLICY IS THAT SAILORS MAY NOW STORE PERSONAL WEAPONS IN CERTAIN LOCATIONS ONBOARD NAVY INSTALLATIONS UNDER CAREFULLY CONTROLLED CIRCUMSTANCES AND WITH THE PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL OF THE INSTALLATION COMMANDING OFFICER.

From the New York Times:

…[T]he chaos started just after 8 a.m. Civilian employees described a scene of confusion as shots erupted through the hallways of the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, on the banks of the Anacostia River a few miles from the White House and about a half-mile from the Capitol.

“I heard three gunshots, pow, pow, pow, straight in a row,” said .. a logistics management specialist from Woodbridge, Va., who was in the cafeteria on the first floor when the shooting started. “About three seconds later, there were four more gunshots, and all of the people in the cafeteria were panicking, trying to figure out which way we were going to run out.”

3.   INSTALLATION COMMANDING OFFICERS MAY AUTHORIZE THE STORAGE OF PROPERLY REGISTERED PERSONAL WEAPONS IN ON-BASE MILITARY FAMILY HOUSING AREAS (INCLUDING ON-BASE PUBLIC-PRIVATE VENTURE (PPV) HOUSING) AND IN EXISTING ARMORIES.  PERSONAL FIREARMS STORAGE IN OTHER LOCATIONS ON-BASE, SUCH AS BACHELOR QUARTERS, AUTOMOBILES, AND WORK CENTERS, IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. A.  PERSONAL FIREARMS MUST BE STORED IN EITHER A LOCKED CONTAINER, A LOCKED GUN RACK, OR SECURED WITH AN APPROVED INDIVIDUAL TRIGGER OR CHAMBER-STYLE GUN LOCK THAT PREVENTS LOADING OR FIRING.  AMMUNITION MUST BE STORED IN A SEPARATE LOCKED CONTAINER. B.  INDIVIDUALS STORING PRIVATELY-OWNED FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IN ON-BASE MILITARY FAMILY HOUSING (INCLUDING ON-BASE PPV HOUSING) WILL ENSURE THEY ARE INACCESSIBLE TO UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS AND MINORS.

From the Washington Times: 

The FBI identified Monday’s shooter at Washington Navy Yard as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, who was killed inside the facility….

Born in Queens, N.Y., Alexis joined the Navy in May 2007 and completed his recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill. …. [D]uring the time he served, Alexis rose to the rank of Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class and was twice awarded, first with the National Defense Service Medal and then with the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 He was arrested by police in Seattle in 2004 for using a handgun to shoot out the tires of another man’s vehicle…. Alexis told Seattle police the shooting occurred during “an anger-fueled blackout.” During the investigation, Alexis‘ father told detectives Alexis suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as an active participant in 9/11 rescue efforts at Ground Zero in New York, Seattle police said.

4.  ALL PERSONAL FIREARMS APPROVED BY THE INSTALLATION COMMANDING OFFICER FOR TRANSPORT ON A NAVY INSTALLATION SHALL BE TRANSPORTED ONLY AFTER INSTALLATION SECURITY HAS BEEN NOTIFIED, THE FIREARMS ARE UNLOADED, AND THEY ARE IN THE TRUNK OF THE VEHICLE.  IF THE VEHICLE HAS NO TRUNK, THE FIREARM MUST BE DISASSEMBLED, OR SECURED WITH A TRIGGER OR CHAMBER-STYLE LOCK, AND STORED IN A LOCKED CONTAINER. AMMUNITION WILL BE TRANSPORTED IN A SEPARATE COMPARTMENT FROM THE ONE IN WHICH THE FIREARM IS STORED.

From CBS News: 

A prominent member of Russia’s parliament has exploited the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington to ridicule the United States. Alexei Pushkov, who heads the international affairs committee, tweeted Monday that “nobody’s even surprised anymore” by such an attack, which he called “a clear confirmation of American exceptionalism.”

5.  IN ALL CASES, INDIVIDUALS WILL COMPLY WITH ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING FIREARM OWNERSHIP, POSSESSION, REGISTRATION, TRANSPORTATION, AND USE. FURTHERMORE, STATE LICENSE PERMITS TO CARRY CONCEALED HANDGUNS ARE NOT RECOGNIZED OR VALID ON NAVY INSTALLATIONS.

From a Washington Post Blog Entry

Aaron Alexis was a relaxed, helpful person  who loved Thailand … the wife of his former boss at a Thai restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas told the Post. “Aaron was so chill and so laid back,” … “He was so helpful. He was such a nice guy.” A Christian, she said she had good conversations about religion with him. “It’s really hard for us to reconcile.”

But, she added, Alexis was frustrated by his financial situation. “He didn’t have a job, so it was really hard for him to get money” for some months, she said. He often complained that he wasn’t receiving enough money and wasn’t receiving it on time: “He just felt slighted by his benefits.” But, she said, he would not get angry “in any extraordinary way.”

6.  IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL SAILORS WHO OWN WEAPONS TAKE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES SERIOUSLY AND COMPLY WITH REF A.  VIOLATIONS OF THE REGULATIONS CONTAINED IN REF A BY MILITARY PERSONNEL MAY SUBJECT THEM TO ADMINISTRATIVE AND/OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION UNDER THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE.  CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES MAY BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION OR ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION UNDER APPLICABLE CIVILIAN PERSONNEL INSTRUCTIONS.

From a Washington Times columnist:

Scaring the American public is one of President Obama’s favorite political tactics to get gun control. Just hours after the terrible shooting at the Naval Yard on Monday, Mr. Obama said that even though he didn’t have the facts, “We’re confronting — yet another — mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.”

Yet another?

The last mass shooting was over nine months ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. While we mourn every one of those children and educators lost that day — and today in Washington, D.C. — these events are not a cause for increased alarm.

7.  FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION OF NAVY POLICY ON PERSONAL WEAPONS, REFER TO REF A, CHAPTER 0306, PARAGRAPH A-H.  NAVY POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS POLICY IS [deleted by me], OPNAV N46, AT (202) [deleted by me] OR E-MAIL: [deleted by me]

From a New York Times story: 

“I heard a number of what I thought were like cap-gun shots, based on distance, inside the building,” [one man] said….

[The man] was at the back of the building working to get people out when [another] man came out of a maintenance building and approached him, asking about the shooting. Moments later, the man, a civilian, was shot in the head….

“We had a conversation for about a minute,” he said. “I heard two gunshots, and he went down, and then I ran back here.” ….

Asked how he escaped when the man next to him was shot, he said: “Luck. Grace of God. Whatever you want to call it.”

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