This one makes me ill. In response to the Fort Hood shooting, Defense Secretary Gates has decided to impose new restrictions on gun storage and carry on military installations.
Let's have some perspective here. Here's what's already on the books on Air Force bases. It's already illegal to carry a concealed weapon on base -- even if you live on base and have a CCW permit in the state the base is in. If you live in the dorm, you must store your firearms in the Security Forces armory. If you're visiting a base and have a weapon, you're supposed to check it into the armory (can't have weapons or ammo in billeting). If you live in base housing, you must register your weapons with the base.
So what new restrictions can he impose? I'm curious to find out what they'll be. Things that come to mind would be regulations requiring locked storage, and separation of weapons and ammo. It could include not just registration, but an approval process whereby you'd have to obtain permission from your commander to store a weapon on base, or perhaps even to purchase one. I've heard the arguments made before. People would be amazed at how much nanny state mentality exists in military leadership.
Bottom line is that they'll clamp down on the law abiding due to the actions of a whack job. And the truly sad thing is that Hassan single-handedly killed 13 people unopposed in a building full of military people trained to employ firearms in combat -- but who were disarmed in the interest of public safety. Just one person with a firearm could've stopped him -- especially since he was a doctor with no combat skills surrounded by combat veterans.