Wheeler Calls on Congress to Act Quickly to Protect Military Personnel at Home

State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has filed a resolution to protect military personnel in the wake of last Thursday’s attack on the Recruitment Center and Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. House Resolution 658, calls on the U.S. Congress to act swiftly to enact laws that allow military personnel to be armed for their protection in light of several terror attacks that have been carried out on U.S. military installations in recent years.

“The issue of ensuring the safety of those who protect our nation is two-fold in this day of terrorist threats at home and abroad,” said Wheeler. “We expect our military personnel to be able to defend themselves while overseas, but today they also need to protect themselves at home. For this reason, I have filed a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to act quickly to allow our service men and women to protect themselves while serving on home soil.”

Since last week’s events at the recruiting center in Chattanooga, the governors of Louisiana and Oklahoma moved quickly to enact executive orders to allow National Guard members to be armed while on duty. However, this action leaves a major hole in the protection of other military facilities, prompting Wheeler to call on Congress to act.

In the United States, certain military facilities fall under federal jurisdiction, while others fall under state control. National Guard installations fall under state jurisdiction, but most other military installations, such as in Chattanooga, fall under federal law and require action from Congress to increase security measures to protect personnel.

“This is a crucial issue for the protection of those who protect us,” said Wheeler. “I strongly urge Congress to act quickly to prevent the needless death of anymore brave service members.”

To review the resolution filed by Wheeler, visit: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=658&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=HR&LegID=91965&SessionID=88.