The U.S. Navy took action today after Saudi aviation student Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire at naval Air Station Pensacola, killing three and injuring eight. A U.S. defense official told Fox News that the Navy suspended about 300 Saudi students from flight training.
The flight stand-down for Saudi students affects 140 students at Pensacola Naval Air Station and Whiting Field. Naval Air Station Mayport, with 128 students, would also see a stand-down.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis commented on the investigation into the shooting, saying it was proceeding under “the presumption that this was an act of terrorism.” He called for more “precautions for foreign nationals training on U.S. military bases.
“To have this individual be able to take out three of our sailors, to me, that’s unacceptable.” ~ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
The Navy instructor pilots have also spoken out about not being armed.
According to Fox News, they’ve told top brass to arm them:
“We need to protect not just the pilots, but our aircraft that are worth millions.”
Another pilot called the “out of shape” guards at the base “mall cops”:
“I have zero confidence the guy I show my ID card to at the gate could save me.”
“Our message is simple: arm us. We don’t want to count on cops or gate guards to save us in a crisis.”
Currently, personal firearms are not permitted on military bases and only military police can be in possession of guns on base.
The big question is since members of the military are trained to handle and operate guns, why not allow them to have guns on them while on active duty on base?
Our previous report on the attack gives even more reason to halt the Saudi flight program and to arm the men on base ASAP:
Three Saudi Nationals Videotaped Terror Attack On Pensacola Naval Air Station Base While Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani Shot Up Innocent People
The shooter who opened fire, killing three people and injuring several others, has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
The AP reported that the Florida Naval station shooting suspect was an aviation officer in the Saudi Air Force, U.S. officials said Friday, as the FBI and other authorities began investigating the incident to determine if it was terrorism-related.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the suspect was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at the base. Military from around the globe attend the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for flight training.
The shooter was killed after local Escambia County Police Officers responded. Two heroic police officers were shot during their attempt to stop the shooter but are expected to recover.
BREAKING: Rep. Matt Gaetz just announced to ABC News: “This was not a murder. This was an act of terror.”
This was not a murder. This was an act of terrorism. pic.twitter.com/AJfTQOOE68
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 6, 2019
The style of the #Pensacolashooting doesn’t necessarily resemble one group over another. However, given that ISIS has very little to lose at this point, it wouldn’t be surprising if it claimed the attack, regardless of the attacker’s potential allegiances.
BREAKING: Tweet by #Pensacola attacker Alshamrani suggests a terrorist motive. Does not claim allegiance to any group, but echos Bin Laden: “The security is a shared destiny…You will not be safe until we live it as reality in [Palestine], and American troops get out of our land.”
BREAKING: Tweet by #Pensacola attacker Alshamrani suggests terrorist motive. Does not claim allegiance to any group, but echos Bin Laden: "The security is a shared destiny…You will not be safe until we live it as reality in [Palestine], and American troops get out of our land." pic.twitter.com/KALH4PXYKy
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) December 7, 2019
The Gateway Pundit reports – According to Laura Ingraham, three Saudi nationals were filming the terrorist attack today at the Pensacola base.
Six Saudi nationals were arrested following the terrorist attack.