WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), when asked to comment on the terrorist attack in Chattanooga yesterday that left four Marines dead, said the Obama administration needs to accept that the U.S. homeland is under attack by radical Islamic terrorists.
The Iraq war veteran congressmen, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, expressed his condolences to the friends and family of the four Marines who were killed by the terrorist, identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, allegedly from Kuwait.
The Marines were killed at two separate locations in Chattanooga, Tenn. — the Army Recruiting Center on Lee highway and the Naval and Marine Reserve Center at the Chattanooga Riverpark
A police officer and two members of the military were wounded, but ultimately Abdulazeez was killed by police.
Rep. Zinke said that his thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in the incident.
He said the Obama administration is asleep at the wheel, refusing to call Thursday’s attack for what it is: an act of Islamic radical terrorism.
“This administration needs to wake the hell up and face radical Islamic terrorism,” the freshman lawmaker told Breitbart News.
“The President still has not called it what it is: radical Islamic terrorism,” Zinke added. “It’s time to wake the hell up. I do commend local law enforcement and the FBI for their quick response.”
The FBI has labeled the attack “an act of domestic terrorism.”
Reps. Zinke and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) are in the process of drafting legislation to allow service members to carry guns on military facilities so that they can defend themselves when faced with a threat.
In an appearance on Al Jazeera’s America Tonight, U.S. Marine Col. Gary Anderson (Ret.) accused the “gun control mafia” of leaving U.S. military personnel defenseless at recruiting centers, such as the one where the recent attack occurred, and other military facilities.
Col. Anderson noted that it is standard protocol to prohibit service members from carrying guns on military facilities.
He said our men and women are largely disarmed and “part of the problem in this country is we start to see these incidents occur more and more often where people go after deliberate soft targets…[because] they know the target can’t shoot back.”
Military warriors are being disarmed on stateside bases and in stateside offices and recruitment centers, noted Col. Anderson.
In letter sent out today, Reps. Zinke and Duncan are urging their colleagues in Congress to fly the Marine Corps flag outside their offices next week in honor of the Marines who were killed.