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Original Caption: U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Dooley, from Leonardtown, Md., a tank gunner in 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, checks the battery box and connections on his M1A1 Abrams tank after gunnery qualifications on the Blackwell multi-use range on Fort Hood May 28, 2013. Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, himself a former tanker, paid the unit a visit later in the day. (U.S. Army by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Official: 4 killed, 16 injured in Fort Hood shooting

Fort Hood confirmed that four people were killed and 16 injured in a shooting at the Army base in Texas today.

The gunman was among the four people killed and he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley said. The shooter was was being assessed for whether he had PTSD, he said. 

All those killed and wounded were military members, Milley said.

Follow updates on this story at Breaking News.

Read the Powerful Letter a Fort Hood Solider Penned Asking for His ‘God-Given Right’ to Arm Himself on Base

My name is First Lieutenant Patrick Cook of the 49th Transportation Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, and this past Wednesday I found myself trapped in an enclosed room with fourteen of my fellow Soldiers, one of whom was barricading the door against a madman with a .45 pistol when he was fatally shot.

Through what I can only describe as a miracle, he somehow found enough strength to continue pushing against that door until the shooter gave up and went elsewhere, at which time he collapsed, Nearly a week later, I can still taste his blood in my mouth from when I and my comrades breathed into his lungs for 20 long minutes while we waited for a response from the authorities. This Soldier’s name was Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson, and his sacrifice loaned me the rest of my life to tell this story.

But I write to you today not to memorialize this brave Soldier, nor to tell a war story about how we made the best of a losing situation, but to express the part of that story that some in high positions of power clearly do not want told: I knew this was going to happen, I had been saying for five years that Fort Hood was a tinderbox of another massacre waiting to happen. It had to happen, because our betters failed to learn the obvious lesson of five years ago. Worse yet, I know it will happen again. More will die, more will be wounded, more families will be torn apart, needlessly. It happened again, and will happen again, because Fort Hood is a gun free zone.

When the first shots rang out, my hand reached to my belt for something that wasn’t there. Something that could have put a stop to the bloodshed, could have made it merely an ‘ugly incident’ instead of the horrific massacre that I will surely remember as the darkest twenty minutes of my life, stripped of my God-given Right to arm myself, the only defensive posture I had left was to lie prostrate on the ground, and wait to die. As the shooter kicked at the door, I remember telling myself, ‘oh well, this is it.’ It is beneath human dignity to experience the utter helplessness I felt that day. I cannot abide the thought that anyone should ever feel that again.

At the point blank range at which this shooting occurred, anyone with an M9 and some basic instruction could have ended the mayhem as quickly as it began, an MP by trade and a CHL holder, I am convinced that concealed weapons would have stopped it, but openly carried side-arms, like the ones carried in a law enforcement capacity, could have prevented it entirely. Instead, many more died because of the fatally misguided restrictions on the carrying of arms, which obviously the madman did not respect.

I shall conclude by restating my warning. This will happen again, and again until we learn the lesson that suppressing the bearing of arms doesn’t prevent horrific crimes, it invites them. To those of you who hold elected office, if you hear nothing else I have told you, hear this: you have the power to stop the next massacre from happening, you have an opportunity to restore the sacred Right to bear arms, which has been either stripped entirely or unjustly relegated to the poor substitute of a probationary, government-issued privilege. For God’s sake, do the right thing.

Fort Hood locked down in confirmed shooting

There has been a confirmed shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, officials said. The base told all personnel to shelter in place and said injuries have been reported.

Emergency officials are on scene and the situation is ongoing.

Follow updates at BreakingNews.com.

One unfortunate thing that happens every time there’s a mass shooting (on top of the tragedy of the actual shooting, of course) is that everyone on the news makes really misguided and harmful comments about mental illness and automatically jumps to how “crazy” or “psycho” the shooter was without thinking that there’s thousands, if not millions, of people out there living with the same mental health issues who would never do anything like that or even anything violent at all.

Don’t fall…

Chinook helicopter pilots from Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, perform a pinnacle maneuver on a 300-foot vertical cliff during a training exercise. The pinnacle allows the pilots to drop off ground forces in areas too dangerous or too difficult to fully land in.

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Nathan Hoskins, 26 August 2010 via DVIDS.)

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed Michael Brown at least as many times as military base police shot Nidal Malik Hasan after Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009.

A shooting Wednesday night left at least one person dead and at least 14 others wounded at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army facility that in 2009 was the site of the deadliest mass shootings ever at an American military base, law enforcement officials said.

There were conflicting reports of whether the gunman was dead. One senior federal law enforcement official said the gunman was a member of the military and had been killed. Another official said the gunman “has been neutralized,” although he would not say whether that meant he had been killed or was under arrest. Military officials would not confirm the status of the gunman.

The Fort Hood Press Center said that the injured were being treated at the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center on the post and at other local hospitals.

The shooting that sent Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex., into a lockdown sparked a massive police response and brought back memories of the deadly rampage there in November 2009. On Nov. 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire inside the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, shooting unarmed soldiers and commissioned officers as they tried to hide under desks and tables. Major Hasan, a Muslim military psychiatrist, shot and killed 12 unarmed soldiers and one civilian while wounding or shooting at 30 other soldiers and two police officers.

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The New York Times, “Fort Hood Shooting Leaves One Dead, 14 Injured.”

Jesus Christ.

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LOST DOG IN KILLEEN, TEXAS AREA

My mother’s house was broken into last night. Alongside valuables, her dog, Zeus, is also now missing. Zeus is a Australian Shepherd/German Shepherd mix. He is old and is blind in his right eye. The right eye is very red and noticeable. He wears a thick blue and white collar with a silver, circular dogtag on it. He is very friendly and will not bite. He has very thick brown and black fur and is about 40 pounds.

He was lost around the Rancier area in Killeen, near Lake Road.

If you see him please call me at (254) 319 0633

Stories to Watch: 4/4/14

A former colonel and Medal of Honor winner points out the obvious – if every one’s armed during a mass shooting like the one that occurred at Fort Hood, that’s a bad thing, not a good thing. “The situation that existed at Fort Hood the other day, in a circumstance in which everybody has weapons, could very easily result and probably would have resulted in an enormous mass fratricide, and you would have this all the time,” Col. Jack Jacobs told a gun lobby tool on MSNBC. “Arming everybody in a civilian situation like at Fort Hood would result in a terrible, terrible tragedy, larger than this one.” The shorter version: when bullets are flying, more gunfire does not make the situation safer. Duh.


Good news for cable news talking heads who love pulling stuff out of their butts: the motive of the Fort Worth shooter may never be known – they may be able to engage in baseless speculation forever. I know, it was violent video games!


Eric Cantor talks about jobless benefits and gives no indication that he has any clue as to what the benefits are even for. Seriously, if you didn’t know he was bullshitting, you’d naturally assume he was just stupid.


Meanwhile, the perpetually buffoonish Rep. Louie Gohmert stuns the world by saying something both lucid and rational.


If there’s a silver lining to the Republican War on Voting, it’s that the GOP is all but admitting that their base is drifting off into demographic oblivion and they have absolutely no confidence of being able to win future elections fair and square. Unless Republicans change their positions to become more relevant, voter suppression efforts are pretty much that party’s death throes.


Paul Ryan admits that Republicans can’t come up with anything as good as Obamacare.


Finally, despite the best efforts of God-fearing Republicans to preserve inequality and discrimination, Ohio may be the next state to fall under the Iron Boot of the Homosexual Menace. Courage.


[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]