Speaking about the British Army, the Duke of Wellington reportedly once said, "I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me."
In the wake of the 5 November 2009 Fort Hood massacre, that sentiment seems to summarize the attitude of U.S. Army generals and the Department of Defense generally. How else to explain the armed forces' continuing refusal to allow professional Soldiers to carry weapons on base?
The ten-minute killing spree in Texas left 13 dead and 30 wounded before security police ended the incident. (Sources report conflicting figures of 28 and 30 wounded. Most accounts state 30.) The toll was so high because none of the victims was armed.
However, the Fort Hood massacre was unique only in the body count. Remaining in a state of denial for years, the military apparently ignores lethal assaults by Soldiers and civilians sympathetic to our enemies: