Trump Wrong On Statement That Naval Reserve Center Was “Gun-Free Zone”


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was wrong when he said in last night’s debate that members of the military who were killed at a Naval Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tn., in July, were unarmed, says the Washington Post’s Face Checker. Trump said the shooting site was a “gun-free zone” and that such areas are “target practice for the sickos and the mentally ill.” The service members at the center were armed, the Post says. In fact, the military is investigating why they were armed, as the Pentagon has restrictions on who can carry weapons at such facilities.

The FBI said a 24-year-old gunman armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle and a handgun methodically hunted for Marines and sailors to kill. An FBI agent said the shooter smashed through the center’s gate and was almost immediately confronted by a service member who had his own gun. The shooter, Mohammad Abdulazeez, later died in a gunfight with law enforcement.

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