A Saudi aviation student was responsible for a shooting at the Pensacola Naval Station in Florida, on Dec. 6. The incident was brought to an end by one of the sheriff’s deputies, Davis Morgan, who stopped the attacker. The shooting is disconcerting as itconfirms that this type of shooting is common in “gun-free zones.”

A Prager U publication says: “Since 1950, 94 percent of mass public shootings occurred in gun-free zones. Gun control does not equal less gun violence.”

A policy order from the Navy instillations Command states the base is a  weapon-free zones, that is, anyone who wishes to carry a weapon into the place must first go through endless bureaucratic red tape, according to The Western Journal.

“Prior to bringing a firearm onboard an installation, the owner must submit a letter to the commanding officer via his or her unit commanding officer,” the order indicates. “Upon approval by the installation commanding officer, the owner will be provided with a card showing proof that he or she is authorized to carry a personal firearm.”

When the weapon is inside the facility it must be secured in the arsenal of the location.

According to The Washington Post, this is the second shooting at a U.S. Navy base. On this occasion the gunman—by U.S. and Saudi government authorities—was Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani who killed three people and left several wounded.

Shamrani’s training with the U.S. Army began in August 2016 and was scheduled to end in August 2020. His course included English, basic aviation, and initial aviation training, Pentagon officials said.

This incident is still under investigation to see if there are links to terrorism. Although one of the officials explained that the investigation is in its early stages and so far there is no indication of conspiracy and that perhaps the shooter could have self-radicalized.

President Donald Trump wrote from his Twitter account:”King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida.”

“The king said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” he added.

The Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry also expressed “deep anguish” over the incident and pledged “full support for U.S. authorities in investigating the circumstances of this crime,” according to The Washington Post.

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