Retired Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient, clearly does not like to be interrupted while he’s talking. It’s an understandable reaction given his storied military career.
He made that much clear during a debate on MSNBC over whether or not soldiers should be armed on military bases in an effort to prevent tragedies like the Fort Hood shooting. Author and gun rights advocate John Lott cut him off when he said arming soldiers is a “foolish response” — and that’s when things got a little tense.
“Arming everybody on post seems to me a very foolish response,” Jacobs said.
“Well, I—“ Lott began, but was quickly shut down.
“No, be quiet,” Jacobs replied sternly, turning to the camera and pointing his finger at Lott.
When Lott continued to interrupt, the retired colonel got even more agitated.
“Please! Do not be rude,” he said before telling Lott again to “be quiet” in a manner similar to the way a father reprimands a young child.
Jacobs then finally made his point: “Arming everybody on post, and the intended danger in doing that, is not a solution to protect the lives of people who serve and sacrifice for us.”
“Now, you can say what you want to say,” he concluded.
Lott argued no one is saying that “everybody” should be armed, as Jacobs suggested.
“The current rules mean that the killer knows that he’s not going to be facing opposition there,” he said. “That makes it — not only encourages him to go and engage in that type of attack to begin with, but makes it much more successful.”
Citing his experience as a military commander, Jacobs said no commander would ever approve arming “everybody on post.”
Watch the segment below via MSNBC: