Lt. Col. Allen West today called for an executive order to end gun-free zones at military facilities in the United States.

West said that a series of attacks within the U.S. has shown that military personnel are in danger, citing the 2009 Arkansas recruiting office shooting, the Fort Hood massacre, and yesterday’s attacks on two Tennessee military sites.

Authorities say that 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez gunned down four Marines in Chattanooga yesterday before he was fatally shot by police.

“The battlefield is here,” West said. “And it’s just a simple act of leadership, a change in policy to enable [military personnel] to be able to defend themselves.”

West said that President Barack Obama should issue an executive order today to get rid of gun-free zones on military sites.

“He is the commander-in-chief, and how many more of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines have to lose their lives here in the United States of America, the place where they’re supposed to be able to have respite away from a combat zone, before he takes action?” West asked.


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