Fort Hood

Defeat

If nine people can be shot dead while praying in their church…

If 12 soldiers can be gunned down on their own base by fellow soldier…

If a congresswoman can be shot in the head six other people can be gunned down…

If a gunman can walk into a movie theater and kill 12 people…

If 26 people - 20 children - can be gunned down in their elementary school…

If 12 people can be shot dead at a Navy yard…

If six Sikhs can be shot dead at their temple…

If two police officers can be shot dead while leaving their police station in the middle of the night…

If black men, women, and children can be gunned down for simply being black…

And if no one wants to do anything to change this…

It is not safe to live in the United States of America.

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]

PTSD Does Not Equate To Violence

The headlines circulating the Internet hours after the tragic Fort Hood shooting were vague, but the implications for Veterans who have been diagnosed, or are seeking treatment, for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are not.

The truth is most Veterans with PTSD are not violent, and studies conducted by the Department of Veterans Affair’s National Center for PTSD are clear about that. In fact, propensity for violence is not even included in the list of “common problems” associated with PTSD that the center provides on its website.

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Something very important to keep in mind about service members and especially Veterans. Combat Related PTSD does not always mean that they are unstable and that they will hurt someone. VAntage Point does a good job at explaining this in their blog. With the media pushing PTSD as a factor in the Fort Hood shooting, a lot of vets will go without getting jobs tomorrow because people don’t take the time to understand.

Please think before you post about the soldier having PTSD and reblogging mainstream news. I’ve seen more civilians go on shooting sprees with different motives or other mental health issues, than there have been service members.