On July 17–the day after Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez allegedly opened fire on a recruiting center and then a reserve center, gunning down four US Marines–Fox News’ Juan Williams said he is “baffled” by the push to end gun free zones in military recruiting centers.
He said the center which was targeted is in a “strip mall” and that changing the gun-free policy would mean people would be walking around with guns, which could lead to “workplace violence.” He also suggested it could create a situation where a simple “dispute in the parking lot” could escalate into armed confrontation.
Fox News’ Martha MacCallum countered Williams by pointing out that this was a military recruiting center–regardless of where it was located–and that it why it was targeted.
Williams responded: “What we’re talking about Martha is, you’d be in favor of sort of the wild, wild west. Everybody has a gun on them as they’re walking around the mall? Not in my mall, I don’t want it.”
When MacCallum continued to express concern over the fact that our military personnel and their families are increasingly targeted and that military gun free zones make them sitting ducks, Williams said:
Martha, you can pander to fear, anxiety, anger over what happened [in Chattanooga], but it is not a substantial policy to say, where we have military police–who do have guns–where we have situations where we say, ‘We don’t want everybody carrying guns’–that somehow that’s illogical or bad policy or blame President Clinton.
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