Yes, it happened again. Five years after a radical Islamist murdered people at Fort Hood, Texas, another “workplace violence” incident took place.
In 2009, it was a Jihadist terrorist who murdered American soldiers. This time initial reports have pegged the shooter as a garden-variety lunatic not tethered to a specific ideology. Like the 2009 Islamist, this shooter was a soldier at Fort Hood turning on his own fellow soldiers.
Before the American media and current government can get on to the business of learning nothing from this tragedy, some basic facts about the shooting have been disseminated.
Commander of the Third Core Lieutenant General Mark A. Milley filled in a precious few of the blanks.
There was “no indication that this incident is related to terrorism,” but he is “not ruling anything out.”
There were three innocent victims killed, followed by the shooter committing suicide. 16 people were also injured, with some of them in critical behavior.
General Milley made it clear that “we do not know a motive.”
The shooter had one weapon, a recently purchased 45 caliber Smith and Wesson. This weapon was not registered on the base as is required.
Although the bodies of the victims are not cold yet, it is never too early for politicians to start exploiting this tragedy for political gain by proposing solutions that would make matters worse. Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York never miss an opportunity to advance gun control legislation to disarm private citizens. They both have private security consisting of heavily armed guards. Fort Hood was a gun free zone, which apparently did not convince a terrorist to obey the law. The victims were sitting ducks.
Those who want to blame President George W. Bush and the Iraq War for this tragedy will find that dog unable to hunt. This shooter served four months in Iraq in 2011, long after Bush left office and long after the peak of hostilities. The shooter was not wounded in combat. While he was under diagnosis for possible Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, there was no evidence he had PTSD. He was on some form of medication.
The key piece of information that links this tragedy to virtually every other one of its kind will be ignored by those refusing to confront the real problem.
“We do know that this soldier had behavior health and mental health issues and was being treated for that.”
Can somebody scream this at the top of their lungs or type it in all capital letters? If not, it should be repeated slowly for emphasis.
In the non-politically correct world, a crackpot acted like a crackpot. The fact that he may not have been a radical Islamist crackpot does not diminish his craziness.
It is far easy to blame guns, violent video games, Hollywood movies, illegal immigration (the shooter had a Hispanic last name, which at this point may mean absolutely nothing), and other convenient targets.
The hard part would be for liberal politicians to stop putting political correctness and the sensitivity movement over getting the job done and saving lives. The sin is the left’s war on public safety, not the right’s nerve for pointing it out. The greater good must outweigh some destructively warped version of compassion that benefits nobody.
Mentally ill people cannot function the same way as those with properly functioning brains. in America, it used to be legal to institutionalize these people. They could be quarantined away from the rest of society. At the very least, it was legal to forcibly commit people for observation and forcibly medicate them. This was done for their protection and society’s protection.
Now the mentally ill have rights despite lacking the capacity to make decisions in their own best welfare. Whether this shooter got orders to kill from Allah or from a dog like the Son of Sam, he was crazy. He was allowed to roam free until it was too late. We have injured and dead soldiers, but at least the shooter’s feelings were not hurt before he took his own life.
For those desperate to find a drop of sanity in an ocean of idiocy, Fox News Military Analyst Colonel Bill Cowan obliged.
“At the end of the day Sean (Hannity), It’s going to always be very difficult to stop incidents like this from happening on military bases, and shopping malls, in schools, wherever, as long as there are people out there who are mentally unstable on some level or Jihadists on another level, and can get weapons.”
Until the American left is willing to allow a tough love approach to dealing with mentally ill people, these tragedies will continue to happen.
We can all mourn the deceased, which is becoming an empty gesture for many people who know what the solution is but refuse to accept its implementation.