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With the exception of the shooting of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, every other mass shooting in recent years has been in gun-free zones.

It seems bizarre that we give firearms to our military personnel and send them around the world to defend our freedom, then we bring them back home and corral them into areas without any means to defend themselves from terrorist or criminal attacks. Congress should debate the 1993 policy of banning firearms on military installations.

(Of course, the complete ban on carry rights in the District would also have to be eliminated for those who work at the Navy Yard to bear arms.)

Mass shootings are rare, averaging 18 deaths a year, but they have one common thread — severely mentally ill people who are determined to kill as many as possible and who have no fear of dying themselves.

While gun grabbers want yet more laws, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reported in April that “potential perpetrators cannot be identified accurately” before mass shootings so “no systematic means of intervening are known to be effective.”

Mr. Obama should stop exploiting innocent people’s deaths for a political agenda that he knows won’t make anyone safer.

Emily Miller is a senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013).