- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sen. Jim Inhofe questioned Thursday whether restrictions on carrying firearms on Army bases left victims at Fort Hood in Texas defenseless during a mass shooting Wednesday by a suspect who was dealing with mental health issues.

“I would just disagree with a lot of these gun control people who are trying to blame the gun and not the individual,” Mr. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

He said when he was in the military, “we didn’t have the restrictions that they have right now.”

Officials said the shooter, identified as Army Spec. Ivan Lopez, opened fire with a semiautomatic pistol that he was not authorized to have on base, killing four — including himself — and wounding 16. He was confronted by a female military police officer at the end of the incident.

It was the second mass shooting at the base in five years, after Maj. Nidal Hassan killed 13 in 2009 and claimed to be influenced by radical Islamic beliefs.

Restrictions on who on base may carry weapons, and where they are stored, were put in place after the massacre.

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