In he military, there's a term known as "prepping the battlefield." This covers a lot of ground form airstrikes to artillery barrages to reduce the enemy before comitting your main assault.
I smell an effort to build support for more gun control measures. Let me get this article straight -- an Airman is spotted with a shotgun near a dormitory and it makes national news. Did he live in the dorm? Was there any hostile intent? Or was this a legitimate dorm-dwelling shotgun owner that kept his shotgun in his vehicle? No answers. The fact that a guy was seen with a weapon on a military base is apparently cause to freak out. Thanks a lot, Hasan.
I find the comment that the base "wouldn't issue a weapon to an Airman in training" interesting. There's a difference between a government issued weapon and a personally-owned one. And if it's base policy that Airmen in training must surrender personal weapons to the Security Forces armory and won't allow access to them, it's a sure bet that Airmen will keep weapons stashed in their cars or with friends off base -- a classic example of gun control policies creating criminals out of good people, rather than stopping the bad guys.