Larry Elder

And during his four-year military career in the Navy Reserves, he was cited at least eight times for "misconduct," including multiple unexcused absences and the rather serious offenses of insubordination and disorderly conduct.

Why the "honorable" discharge?

Did he get a pass from a military not willing to take the trouble to get him discharged under less-than-honorable conditions?

How does someone with three arrests, two of which are gun-related, become a military contractor's employee? How does someone with a military record that includes several citations for "misconduct" pass security background checks, obtain a "secret"-level security clearance, and get hired by a military contractor?

Were disqualifying factors overlooked or minimized for fear that Alexis, a black man, would accuse the military of racism?

Recall the case of Army Major Nidal Hasan, the Muslim psychiatrist who murdered 13 on Nov. 4, 2009, at the military base in Fort Hood. Colleagues reportedly feared him, thought he had anger issues, and some even heard him express pro-jihadist sentiments. In the months before the murders, intelligence agencies intercepted at least 18 emails between Hasan and al-Qaida recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, several discussing jihad. Authorities took no action.

Did Hasan benefit from a fear an investigation would provoke a charge of bias against Islam?

In Los Angeles, ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, a black man, went on a killing spree that resulted in the deaths of five, including Dorner. He wrote and posted on his website an angry "manifesto" that accused the LAPD of racism. Since the LAPD's stated hiring goal is for a force that "represents the diversity of the city," the best and most qualified do not necessarily get hired. In Dorner's case, he became a cop despite run-ins during training at the police academy, including an accusation of an accidental discharge of the police-issued firearm.

Did Dorner benefit from the LAPD's quest for "diversity''? Did political correctness and fear of being accused of "profiling" allow Alexis, Hassan and Dorner to skate through?

Finally, the Navy Yard, like Fort Hood, has a no-gun rule. A 1993 military policy change under President Bill Clinton effectively prohibited guns on military bases. Only military police posted at entry or other security points are armed.

Rather than a poster child for more gun control, Alexis looks like a case study of how political correctness -- in a gun-free zone -- can get people killed.


Larry Elder

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