I didn't check out the links...just posting in general on a "shooter at a VA facility" event...
Ha! I have to laugh!! Not because this is funny, but laugh in derision at those stupid signs posted at VA Medical Facilities everywhere:
"For your protection, no guns or knives allowed."
Sometimes the signs have crossed-out pictures of these items, just in case the pyscho-shooter (or psycho-vet) can't read...I guess.
I had to disarm earlier this afternoon, when I had to stop by my local VACBOC/COS just to change an appointment date. Had to obey their STUPID, INEFFECTUAL sign at the front door, of course -- or else! I hate being a defenseless herd animal at the VA...or in the Post Office, or at a Social Security Office -- they're all the same: GFZs (AKA: Killing Zones). And all Federal property, too.
In the VA waiting areas, you talk to other vets...EVERYONE KNOWS being disarmed is NOT "protecting" any of us, and if a psycho-shooter came in we'd ALL die. I even saw an Aurora, CO, police officer in the waiting room (Aurora VA medical facility) -- with an empty holster. I asked him if he felt "safer" without his gun as it was "for your protection" a per the VA's sign. He said no, and I told him I didn't either: Had to leave MY gun in the car, too, just like he did.
And the VA's armed security is often elsewhere as it certainly is not usually seen, so it's no visual deterrent to anyone -- and I didn't see any security guys at the VA here when I visited today.
I thought sooner or later a VA shooting would happen. And now @ the VAMC in El Paso of all places (I went there for YEARS -- my old Primary Care doctor is probably still there).
So...stupid, naïve, feel-good, liberal/progressive/PC SIGNS that DON'T protect anyone.
And the very same Bravo Sierra policies that don't protect active duty soldiers on assorted Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine and Coast Guard bases, either.
I'm sure NONE of us here are surprised at that...but the suits @ the VA probably are.
The government trusts soldiers with small arms/heavy weapons...but as soon as they're vets, it suddenly doesn't trust any of us to do something PERFECTLY LEGAL in our own states -- CARRY a personal sidearm. Or, trust active duty soldiers when they come back from a war zone to be armed on their own bases.
Besides being HIGHLY INSULTING, it's complete and utter crap!
But please...don't someone ask me how I REALLY feel about this...;-)