Fort Hood 2009 Survivor to Ronan Farrow: ‘More Guns’ Are the Answer

Retired Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot 7 times by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood in 2009, appeared to surprise Ronan Farrow towards the end of his interview with the MSNBC host Thursday afternoon by arguing that “more guns” on the military base could be the answer to preventing further shootings there. After a gunman killed 3 people and wounded several others Wednesday afternoon before taking his own life, Lunsford suggested that if the soldiers on the base had been armed, the incident may have had a different result.

“Some, especially those on the Hill, Congressman John Carter on air today, suggested that more guns on this base would have made the difference,” Farrow told his guest. “What do you think? More guns or less guns, what’s the answer?”

“I think more guns,” Lunsford answered. “There’s note a need to have fear of guns. Because if you have to remember that our tax dollars are used to train every military personnel. Bee it if you’re a medic or if you are a computer guy, you’re a soldier first. And when that time comes, you have to use that weapon to defend what we hold dear: our standard of living, our way of life.”

If other service members had had weapons on them at the time of the shooting yesterday, Lunsford said he doesn’t think the shooter would have reacted the way he did. “He was calling for help. he was using that weapon as a tool to capture someone’s attention and let them know, hey, ‘I’m in trouble, I need some help,'” Lunsford said.

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As Farrow noted, Rep. John Carter (R-TX) along with Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) appeared on MSNBC earlier this morning and told Chuck Todd that they believe more guns on the Fort Hood campus could be prevented the shooting from happening. “I think we have to begin the dialogue on at least talking about whether these soldiers should be armed on the base or not,” Williams said. “I mean, there’s a side that says if they’d have been able to have their guns at the time, this tragedy might not have happened.”

When Todd argued that it may also have meant that there would have “increased the amount of gun fire back and forth,” Williams admitted that that’s probably true, but said at least then the fight would not have been “one-sided.” He added, “If you’re going to be in a fight, I think you want it to be an even fight.”

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