Representative says get involved now to protect our military personnel.
ACTION ALERT! — Urgently need your immediate help on two fronts:
I learned today that the House Military and Veterans Affairs Commitee will hold a public hearing this Thursday, May 5th, on House Bill 5376, legislation I introduced — in response to the Islamic terrorist attack which killed five unarmed U.S. military personnel at a recruiting office in Chatanooga — to require that at least one soldier on duty be armed at all times at every National Guard facility in Michigan that’s accessible by the public.
HB 5376 is cosponsored by eighteen Republicans and eight Democrats, including every member of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of both parties with one exception, a new Democratic state representative who was elected in the March 8th special election and wasn’t in office when I gathered cosponsors.
Read full bill and list of cosponsors: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2016-HB-5376
Please take action:
- Support our National Guard personnel by coming to Lansing Thursday morning to testify in favor of this legislation. The public hearing is 10:30 a.m. in Room 308 of the Anderson House Office Building at 124 North Capitol Avenue in Lansing.
- Contact your state representative and urge a vote in favor of HB 5376 if it’s approved by the committee.
Obviously, we cannot trust the Obama Administration’s outrageous policy prohibiting military personnel from being armed on U.S. military bases, which invited a Muslim terrorist attack not only in Chattanooga but earlier at Fort Hood, Texas.
Thankfully, our state government has sole policy-making authority over about 400 full-time Michigan National Guard personnel and their recruiting and training facilities, and this legislation will ensure those personnel the ability to defend themselves and their colleagues.
In my view, it’s not satisfactory — as the Guard currently does — merely to allow military personnel with a Concealed Pistol License to carry their own privately-owned weapons while on the job. What if no one in a facility has a CPL, and can’t afford the hundreds of dollars needed for the permit and training required by law or the cost of a personal weapon?
HB 5357 — written under consultation with a Non-Commissioned Officer who runs a National Guard armory in mid-Michigan — will ensure that security at our state military facilities is not left to chance and that personnel in every Michigan National Guard facility will be able to defend themselves and their colleagues from terrorist attack.
Salute and thanks in advance for your help!
Rep. Gary Glenn