6:50pm mtn time
Authorities have not identified the gunman publicly, but official sources have named Major Malik Nadal Hasan, a psychiatrist who reportedly didn't believe in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and wanted out of the military before he was set to be deployed overseas.
I suppose THIS event in Hasan's now "finished" life is far better than being deployed. Take 11 lives... destroy the dreams of those lives you've taken and utterly demolish the families of those who are now dead. Not only that... being dead himself much be far better than the alternative of being deployed and coming home again to his own family.
And this poor, poor man was apparently a victim of harassment per his cousin. So freaking what!!! He didn't feel we should be in Iraq and Afghanistan and instead of going... he killed 11 fellow soldiers and possibly killed particular ones not just firing randomly. His cousin claims he was a good American... really? If that were ever true, it isn't now. He ruined his name, his life and the lives of the families who have now lost loved ones for NO REASON AT ALL!
7:07pm mtn time
Still waiting for a press conference however the news claims there may have been another victim to pass away which would bring the deaths to 12 (not including the gunman because I don't feel the need to include his life as a loss).
When I heard the news today, I was at work and my stomach dropped when I learned this had happened on a military base where there are so many trained men and women who are working to protect American lives. On a personal note... I lost my breath momentarily because in just a week I fly out to another military base where my son is in AIT. He graduates next week and I'm very excited to see him again. I pause, however after hearing about the lives lost in Fort Hood. I celebrate my son's achievement and grieve for those who have lost their sons and daughters who have done so much to make it so my son could do what he is setting out to do.
Well, well... Mr. Hasan is NOT dead. So now what will happen to him? How many will come forward to his defense and claim it isn't his fault he feels what he feels and that HE'S the victim!
... maybe I'm jaded.
The soldiers on base do not carry weapons but have armed guards. They will increase those guards as a matter of community security. All because some mass murderer decided his life was far more important than the lives of 12 others. Lots of people are unhappy about Iraq and Afghanistan... but they don't shoot their fellow Americans.
I'm going to scream if people blame the military for this man's actions.
Just thought I would mention this... the young 13 year old son living in my house said the following after I told him what this "less than human being" did.
"He's a terrorist... here in America".
Ya... he is a terrorist. People think a terrorist has to be a certain type of person... a terrorist is someone who searches out others because of who they are and then kill or attempt to kill them in order to cause chaos and disorder. At least that's my definition. This man searched out certain people, killed them for his own purposes and will now claim it's because he was picked on. Disgusting.
David Drake: Fort Hood Shootings, More Deaths For Which Obama Is Fully Responsible
The Right Guy: Oh No, Not Again
Gateway Pundit: Muslim leader speaks on Fort Hood Massacre: Blames attack on resentment of US Government and nothing to do with Islam; Update: Shooter Glorified Suicide Bombings
Disgusting; After Dithering For 2 Minutes Obama Finally Gets Around to Discussing Ft. Hood Massacre (Video)
Obama: "My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the fallen."
Well, that explains why BO came on TV 2 1/2 hours after the shooting and then didn't mention Fort Hood until 2 minutes into his little speech about "the conference" and making sure he gave a "shout out" to someone of no significance at this particular time. Jerk!