An Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide. Right after the attack, the military started looking for a motive to this once again senseless situation. Of course the first knee jerk response is that since he was in combat he therefore suffered lingering psychological trauma. Fort Hood’s senior officer, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, said the gunman had sought help for depression, anxiety and other problems. DID YOU READ THAT? He sought HELP for depression, anxiety and other problems..
The shooter was identified as Ivan Lopez by Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. But the congressman offered no other details, and guess how dumb this is, the military declined to identify the gunman until his family members had been notified.
What he did was buy a 45 semi auto and walked into a building Wednesday afternoon and began firing He then got into a vehicle and continued firing before entering another building, eventually confronted by military police in a parking lot. As he came within 20 feet of the MP, the gunman put his hands up but then reached under his jacket and pulled out his gun. The MP drew her own weapon, and the suspect put his gun to his head and blew his brains out. Not a fitting end to a GI who fought for us and ended his life in this manner. The poor guy served in Iraq for four months in 2011, had been undergoing an assessment before the attack to determine if he had post-traumatic stress disorder. He was taking medication, and there were reports that he had complained after returning from Iraq about suffering a traumatic brain injury.
The gun had been recently purchased in the local area and was not registered to be on the base. NOT REGISTERED TO BE ON THE BASE!
How about that. Clinton took the guns off the bases back when he was commander in chief and the Congress under Republicans hadn’t the balls to give soldiers the right to bear arms
Wednesday’s attack immediately revived memories of the 2009 shooting rampage on Fort Hood, the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 were wounded.Until an all-clear siren sounded hours after Wednesday’s shooting began, relatives of soldiers waited anxiously for news about their loved ones.
Barack Obama vowed a complete investigation. Just like Fast & Furious and Benghazi. In a hastily arranged statement while in Chicago, Obama reflected on the sacrifices Fort Hood troops have made — including enduring multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Sure he reflected. He hasn’t the coglioni to demand that our well trained men and women are qualified to secure these bases with the arms necessary. THEY ARE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS, AVIATORS AND COAST GUARD all trained to defend us and we can’t let them secure their own homes? What the Hell is that all about?
“They serve with valor. They serve with distinction, and when they’re at their home base, they need to feel safe,” Obama said Wednesday. “We don’t yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again.”
Oh by the way the gun was purchased at the same off post dealer as NIDAL HASAN got his. I don’t get it. We spend millions to have some TSA dude checking crotches at airports with all kinds of devises, but we can’t spend money to protect our gladiators.
The military tightened base security nationwide. That included issuing security personnel long-barreled weapons, adding an insider-attack scenario to their training, and strengthening ties to local law enforcement. The military also joined an FBI intelligence-sharing program aimed at identifying terror threats.
In September, a former Navy man opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, leaving 13 people dead, including the gunman. After that shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to review security at all U.S. defense installations worldwide and examine the granting of security clearances that allow access to them. Hagel said;
“Obviously when we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something’s not working.”
__Lingering discussion – After this second shooting at Ft. Hood, the September massacre at Washington’s Navy Yard and other on-base incidents, the idea of re-arming at least some of the uniformed personnel other than MPs is gaining momentum. It will soon visit Capitol and select races across the country.
What’s your opinion?_