AUSTIN -- In light of Wednesday’s shootings on the Fort Hood post in Killeen, there’s been a growing debate around the nation about whether military men and women should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on military posts and bases.
The vast majority of the veterans we found Friday at VFW Post 8787 in Austin say absolutely not.
“Nobody should bring a weapon on base. I don't care who it is,” said Bob Burcar, a veteran who served in three of the nation’s four Armed Forces.
Burcar’s wife, Dianne, is also a veteran. They met in the Army Reserves 40 years ago. She agreed with her husband.
“If they have a weapon assigned to them, it's in the armory. If they need it, they go sign it out. I don't think that anybody should be able to carry a concealed weapon on to a post,” said Dianne Burcar.
“You don't know what they've gone through, so it's a real iffy question, I think,” said U.S. veteran Bill Bennett, who fought in Korea and Vietnam.
Bennett believes it’s OK to allow U.S. military personnel on international bases and posts to carry concealed weapons, however he is torn over allowing it on American facilities.
“Even in Vietnam, they locked our weapons up, and the only time we got them is when we went out to guard the perimeters,” said Bennett.
Every veteran we spoke to said they'd like to see less attention focused on the guns on posts debate and more on getting current and former military personnel timely help to cope with PTSD.