Navy CrossIn the wake of the recent tragedy at the Navy Shipyard everyone at Hunter Investigations LLC and SafePassage Adolescent Services sends our prayers to the families of the victims.

I have to agree with Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO when he said that there needs to be more rigid restrictions with regard to who can come onto a United States military base of operation. But even the most rigorous background screenings can be breached if someone has a hidden agenda.  The US Navy as with many private sector corporations background checks are performed for employment screening but these are not fool proof.

Recently Hunter Investigations performed pre-employment screenings for a Client only to find that the applicant appeared to have a lengthy arrest record, large debt service, multiple evictions and an active arrest warrant three States away. Further investigation led us to find that the applicant’s identity had been stolen more than ten years ago.

The point is that the US Navy as well as private sector corporations seek to find the best people to accomplish the task at hand, but no amount of due diligence accomplishes perfection. There will always be those that want to disrespect others, beat the system, and create havoc for no good reason. We must be careful when we enact legislation to protect us from such persons of ill repute that we do not tread on the liberties our fore fathers established.

To those who have lost friends and family members last week in the tragic events at the Shipyard, I know nothing can bring your loved one back, but it is my hope that you will find comfort in the words of the Navy Hymn:

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

With sincerest condolences, may God bless each of you.