An MSNBC military analyst repeatedly told an advocate for arming military personnel on bases to be quiet at the end of an on-air debate Friday.
Retired Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, appeared on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co.” and addressed what he called the “multifarious” problem of security on military bases. He argued that it was a “physical impossibility” to secure bases 100 percent, and that “therefore, prudent commanders have to be prudent in how much risk they are going to take.” On the other side of the debate, John Lott, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, argued that allowing military personnel to carry guns on bases could held prevent incidents like Wednesday’s mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.
“When you ban guns — the problem is the good soldiers who abide by the rules, the killer knows that he has an advantage,” Lott said. “He’s depending upon everybody else to go and abide by the rules and be disarmed.
Jacobs responded that if everyone had been armed at Fort Hood on Wednesday, the result would have been “an enormous mass fratricide.” Near the end of the segment, he argued that it is impossible to deter someone who is “hell bent on doing damage.” As he spoke, Lott tried to get a word in. Jacobs told him to be quiet, and several times told Lott not to be “rude.”
“Be quiet,” Jacobs said, turning directly into the camera. “Arming everybody on post and the attending danger in doing that is not a solution to protect the lives of people who serve and sacrifice for us. Now you can say what you want to say.”