It’s Not The Guns, It’s the Drugs, Stupid!


How About Some Perspective?

Gee, there’s no pattern here, right?

An Iraq War veteran being treated for a mental illness opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 before killing himself, officials said

Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer at the facility, said at an evening news conference that there was no indication of terrorism, but added “we’re not ruling anything out.” Fort Hood is the same base where in 2009 U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed more than a dozen in the shooting.

Authorities identified Wednesday’s shooter as Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34. He was armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson and turned the gun on himself when confronted by a female military police officer in a parking lot.

This sucks.

Let’s just take the current reporting at face value; this was someone who was suffering from mental instability and “went postal”, murdering three and injuring 16 before killing himself when confronted by a MP in a parking lot.  It’s probably a fair bet he was on psychotropic medication of some sort, given that there are reports he was under treatment for a mental disturbance.

What did Obama say?

CHICAGO – President Barack Obama vowed that investigators will get to the bottom of a shooting incident Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, seeking to reassure the nation whose sense of security once again has been shaken by mass violence.

Oh really?  So we trust our military members to use violence (and carry the means of dispensing it, both offensively and defensively) when overseas on deployment, but right here at home, on their own base, they are denied the fundamental human right to defend their own person in the gravest extreme.

Never mind the obvious fallacy here:

McHugh says the soldier was examined by a psychiatrist last month and was found to show no violent or suicidal tendencies. He says the soldier had been prescribed Ambien to deal with a sleeping problem.

Ah, another profession that has a job performance accuracy percentage that seems to run about the same as “weatherman.”

Oh, and about that Ambien — listed among the possible (but less-likely or rare) side effects:

  • paranoia
  • quick to react or overreact emotionally
  • rapidly changing moods
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • Attack, assault, or force
  • delusions
  • dementia
  • thoughts of killing oneself or changes in behavior

That’s a partial list, of course — picking on the ones that might be relevant….

Once again we have a shining example of why trusting the police to protect us (or you) fails.  It fails even in a place where one would expect to be safer than pretty-much anywhere else on the planet — a US military facility in the United States.

It fails because the security model, that of a dedicated (and competent, in this case!) force of trained police cannot possibly be everywhere at once, and yet you have to be everywhere at once to stop these sorts of events in the shortest amount of time with the fewest casualties.

“They serve with valor, they serve with distinction and when they’re at their home base, they need to feel safe,” Obama said. “We don’t yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again.”

Mr. President, those serving our country today may not be able to say this publicly, but I can and will: You are a 5-alarm JACKASS.

If there is one place that our military damn well ought to be able to carry personal defensive weapons openly or concealed and on an unrestricted basis it is on a US military base!  We trust these men and women literally with our lives; they fly combat aircraft over my home and community every single day as just one example.

Yet these same airmen and women, and all of those on the ground who make what they do possible along with all other branches of the military, are denied by executive fiat the fundamental human right of self-defense when faced with someone who has gone insane, irrespective of the reason for their insanity, and instead of defending themselves are forced to place their faith and trust in that which is physically impossible.

The tragic consequences of our government’s jackbooted bullshit — a load of crap that I argue is evidence of a mental illness called “liberalism” — is once again on full public and tragic display.

There is, of course, no reason at all to believe that the shooter would not have managed to shoot and possibly kill someone irrespective of how many servicemen and women were armed at Ft. Hood.

But that’s not the point.

The point is that this person, whatever his motivation, got several free shots at targets that could not shoot back because they had been disarmed by the policies of our government.  At the same time these are the very people that we trust to properly and sanely use lethal force against others in the field when it becomes necessary.  Indeed, we trust them not only to use said force in self-defense but also to advance the goals of the United States in foreign lands.

The majority of my friends and associates in this area are active duty military personnel or civilians that serve our nation in support of same.  These people have the same fundamental rights as everyone else, and among them is the right to attempt to protect their own lives should they be assaulted.  These are individuals who are competent, good people that were shit to get real I would trust with my back, and I believe they would trust me with theirs.  They serve our country with honor and dedication despite difficult circumstances and often very-material personal sacrifice, up to and including the risk of their own life in service of our nation.

Disarming these same people on our own soil and on their own base is criminally stupid behavior on the part of the executive and Joint Chiefs and those responsible deserve to be prosecuted as accessories before the fact to the homicides that took place yesterday.

Enough damnit.

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