Terrorism in Chattanooga

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 16, 2015

Earlier today a scum-sucking bottom dweller assassinated four Marines in Chattanooga, Tenn. Make no mistake, this was terrorism.

In the rush to fill airtime, CNN invited national security analyst Juliette Kayyem to offer words of wisdom complete and total idiocy.

Ms. Kayyem has two points.

#1: The Marines who were shot and killed aren't allowed to carry firearms because of the Posse Comitatus Act.

#2: Malls aren't likely targets for terrorist attacks.

Twitchy posted a good roundup of responses to claim #2, complete with stuff like this:

You'd think CNN's national security analyst would be a little better read on national security.

Regarding point #1, Kayyem has her facts wrong.

The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C.§ 1385, original at 20 Stat.152) signed on June 18, 1878 by PresidentRutherford B. Hayes. The purpose of the act – in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807 – is to limit the powers of the federal government in using its military personnel to act as domestic law enforcement personnel.


Carrying a firearm doesn't make someone law enforcement—ask anyone with a concealed carry license. It's also not "law enforcement" to defend oneself from a deadly attack.

But really, the Marines should've been safe. Note the Gun-Free Zone sticker on the door.

The Gun-Free Zone sticker on the door was spared by the terrorist.
The Gun-Free Zone sticker on the door was spared by the terrorist.

There's no reason not to arm every military recruiter in the nation. This isn't the first time a recruiting office has come under attack, and it won't be the last.

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