The Navy Times reports today that,Â âdespite the claim of a conservative commentatorâ â (spoiler: Allen West)Â âÂ the Navy commanding officer who used his personal firearm to return fire atÂ Muhammad Youssef AbdulazeezÂ duringÂ an attack on theÂ Navy Operational Support Center inÂ Chattanooga, Tenn., has not been charged withÂ illegally discharging a firearm on federal property.
The possibility has not been ruled out, but the Navy Times seems to think charges against Lt. Cmdr. Tim White are unlikely.
While officials are not ruling out charges, multiple Navy sources said it was highly unlikely that White would be charged or reprimanded, which would likely trigger a public backlash and create the possibility of a highly charged court-martial.
A source with knowledge of Whiteâs thinking said he brought the gun to work because he was worried about the commandâs safety after recent threats from the Islamic State militant group to attack U.S. troops at home.
White has a defender in Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), who applauded him for hisÂ bravery.
A PDFÂ of the letter sent to President Obama can be found on Hudsonâs website.
Hudson has recently joinedÂ Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) to introduce the SEMPER FI Act, a bill that wouldÂ empower eligible service members to protect themselves at military recruitment facilities.
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