Towards_the_gap said:Ok, as previously stated, I accept that giving Pte Bloggins of 132 Mess Tin Repair Coy a C7 with 20rds, showing him a picture of a VBIED and sticking him on the front gate for 2 hours on, 1 hour off, of checking ID's and vehicle passes, will not happen.
What then, should we keep the status quo and carry on normal marching? And hope that the 60yr old commissionaire sat in the box at the front gate is switched on enough should something happen?
Maybe it boils down to each and every CF member to be vigilant. On the bus, where they get coffee, at the gate when they get on base etc etc. We have 90 0000 eyes and ears in the CF. When you see something odd and out of place, report it or tell someone. Maybe bases don't need armed security but parts of it might. Ammo compounds, vaults etc. But really at the end of the day a determined attacker will find a way through. I think it's also about how we react to such incidents. How many lives can be saved if people know exactly what to do in whatever situation. Take a plane. Have a look at the passengers next time they give the inflight safety brief. We had an earthquake a few years ago. Most people didn't have a clue what to do.
What I'm getting at is that with good intelligence and education you can save more lives than having an armed guard at a door. because someone will figure out how to overcome that. How many more lives could have been saved if people knew exactly what to do when the twin towers came down or when hans brevick slaughtered those kids. We have school shootings in north america at a far more frequent rate than I like. Is the solution having armed guards at every school? Or do we teach our kids what to do when and if it might happen? Same with a base. Do we train up a gate guard super squad or do we train everyone how to react when something happens and let the professionals handle the situation.