Fort Hood

What a sad day yesterday was.  Not only because Fort Hood experienced a shooting, but because it was the second time.  People who had to endure the first one, and are still healing, had to experience it once again.  Even the responders were responding for the second time.

This seems to be a recurring problem within our military.  Why is this? The suspect that this shooter may have had a mental illness issue.  Nidal Hassan was radicalized.  Others have had domestic issues, PTSD, or no reason at all.  What is going on?

And our military service members are sitting ducks.  Many do not know, but they are not permitted to carry weapons on post.  Yeah, you got it.  Those that we entrust to protect our nation with weaponry are not allowed to carry them in the places they live.  Only law enforcement can carry weapons.  So when an incident like this happens, no one has the ability to shoot back.

Is this fair? On one hand, this rule protects the service members.  People suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other injuries from battle probably shouldn’t have weapons easily at their disposal.  Also, multiple deployments have led to family and marital problems that tend to escalate.  Weapons would not be a good idea.

But you look at the rise in incidents like this second Fort Hood shooting and I wonder, “Don’t these people have the right to protect themselves?”  First responders still need time to get there.  And although they do a great job, a lot of damage can happen in the time it takes them to get there.

So what’s the solution? Maybe a duty roster where certain people carry weapons during the day in each specified workplace.  Their names are registered so law enforcement and Commanders can track them.  The roster could even rotate. Weapons could be turned in at the end of the workday.

That seems pretty reasonable.  What do you think? Post your comments below.

Whatever your view, something needs to change. The status quo is not acceptable. Our men and women in uniform are fighting a battle abroad and at home.