Obamas to attend memorial service at Fort Hood

Los Angeles Times

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, plan Wednesday to attend a memorial service at Fort. Hood in Texas for those who died in last week’s shooting spree at the base, a White House official said Sunday.

In an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Dan Pfeiffer, an assistant and adviser to the president, confirmed the appearance.

Pfeiffer also said Pentagon officials were against arming soldiers inside the base in the wake of the shooting.

On Wednesday, Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three fellow service members with a handgun and wounded 16 others before shooting himself in the head, officials said. It was the second shooting attack on the base in five years; in 2009, a disgruntled major killed 13 people and wounded 32 others.

Weapons are not typically allowed on base, and in the wake of the attack, at least one lawmaker, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, wants Fort Hood’s soldiers to be allowed to carry guns.

In Sunday’s interview, Pfeiffer batted down that suggestion, saying military officials “don’t think it’s a good idea.”

When asked why, Pfeiffer didn’t answer.

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