Shoichet, C., & Tuchman, G. (2015, July 17). Chattanooga shooting: 4 Marine killed in Tennessee – CNN.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015, from http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/16/us/tennessee-naval-reserve-shooting/
This article is about a shooting incident that took place in Chattanooga, Tennessee at a Marine Corps recruiting station and Naval Reserve Center. A lone gun man opened fire on a recruiting office at a strip mall and then drove over seven miles away to a Naval reserve center an began firing. There were four Marines that were killed during the shooting and three people that were injured before the suspect was finally shot and killed. FBI took over investigation of the incident to try and discover if the attack was an act of terrorism or a lone act of violence.
I chose this article because I feel that it relates to the discourse theme of power and powerless. When people think of the military, they think of a very powerful fighting force that is used to defend our country and freedom. However, the act of violence from a single gunman towards the military has sparked an uproar with many people believing that the military is actually powerless because they were unable to defend themselves. There are many people that believe that service men and women should be allowed to carry firearms to protect themselves from those who would look to cause harm to military personnel. Many people also believe that if military personnel are given authority to carry weapons then that what be seen as giving them to much power which may in turn cause people to feel uneasy. In my opinion, I believe that service men and women should be allowed to carry firearms for the use of protection so long as they follow strict guidelines involving weapon safety and the rules of engagement. In order to keep our fighting force strong, we need to keep those who are defending this country safe so that they can continue to support and defend our country.
When I read this article I felt angry because I too am a Marine and it was four of my fellow Marines that were killed in the shooting. I find it terrible to read that there are those who live in this country that are looking to cause harm to those who are willing to give up their lives in order to protect them. I find it appalling that it takes a terrible incident to occur in order for certain people to start rethinking the security of military installations. I think that providing military members with the best protection possible should have been top priority so that they can continue to do their jobs.