Friday, November 6, 2009

Ft. Hood Tragedy

I had a rather cheery post planned for today, but I'm postponing it due to some news I heard via The Mrs. 's blog Sandy Boots and Sparkling Stilettos.

Yesterday in Ft Hood, Texas, occurred the massacre that claimed thirteen lives and wounded thirty. Apparently the despicable creature that committed this act was an Army psychiatrist who was upset about his upcoming deployment. This shooting is thought to be the worst ever to occur on a U.S. base. According to USA Today, The shooter is in hospitalization on a ventilator after sustaining gun shot wounds delivered by a civilian police officer responding to the crime.

I have two sets of thoughts on the matter:

My first reaction was one of complete despair for the lives lost. I'm literally almost sick to think about how terrible this must be for the families of the victims. Living a military lifestyle, we all expect to have to worry about our soldiers while they're deployed, but we should never have to live in fear while they are at home.

My second is fervent and unrestrained anger. I can not openly express my thoughts, in fact, because most of them contain explicative terms that are not fit for some of my younger readers. All I can say is that I hope he wakes up so he can face the consequences of what he has done. Slipping away quietly on a breathing machine is not good enough. He needs to experience some remorse first.

I will not try and hide it, this terrifies me. It's absolutely horrific, realizing that you have more to fear than you thought.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the survivors today, and I hope yours will as well.: (

20 comments:

  1. Those are some of my exact thoughts.

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  2. Such a horrific tragedy of massive proportions. It makes me wonder what this can teach us ...

    A thoughtful post Carrie -- on an incident that hits especially close to home for you.

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  3. Lyn, I've been trying to think all day about what positive information could come from this, and I have to say, I'm at a loss. I don't think there's any optimism to be found this time.

    Robyn, I've read a lot of other military spouse's/girlfriend's blogs about this today. I think we're ALL on the same page.

    Mara: Happy Friday to you too! ;)

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  4. Motioned seconded (well, fourthed, it looks like). I hope that slimeball gets what's coming to him when he wakes up. My heart goes out to the families of those innocents he slaughtered for NO GOOD REASON. This kind of...ahem...STUFF makes me angry. Thanks for posting this in the blogsphere.

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  5. It is a tragic day for us all. Our world changes so quickly and dramatically anymore. Violence is freaking everywhere. We are all in a warzone. I do believe him being muslim is not an issue. I do believe that being in the field (psychiatry) that he was,and in the armed forces, that his issues should have been recognized and action taken prior to this massacre.

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  6. I live very near Ft Hood and moved here years ago when my first husband was stationed there. This is horrible. I didn't sleep last night waiting to hear whether people I know are ok or not. I have some of the same thoughts as many of you right now. On the news here we were told that the shooter had been *killed*. When I told my husband (disabled MP from Ft Hood) that the shooter was alive he looked a bit shocked for a minute then said "wonder how we could fix that?" But no matter what else everyone, Carrie, please believe that this is NOT a common thing!! I'd hate to think that because of one awful incident people fear even more for their loved ones in the military.

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  7. The one positive...Thank you to the police officer who risked her life and shot the perpetrator, and stopped his killing spree. Because of her actions other lives were saved. Thankfully she is alive.

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  8. I agree this is really sad. And of all people the psychiatrist? Man who can you trust nowadays. Oh and PS this is Ferni from Fernis food LOL. I haven't whipped up anything in a while I should huh...

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  9. I am with you on this one too. The coverage of this story has been very big over in G.B. too. We Brits are completely sickened at what has happened over there. To think someone could slaughter the very people that risk their own lives to protect your nation and the very families of the perpetrator. One thing I will add is although if he wakes he is unlikely to feel remorse (those animal's rarely do) I have faith that he will be dealt with by a much higher being if know what I mean.
    God bless the families, military personnel and local residents involved.
    xx

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  10. an awful tragedy. I agree with you, we shouldn't have to worry about the soldiers when they are at home, this is so so awful.

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  11. i briefly heard about this. i had no idea it was on an army base.

    people really need to stop going nuts and shooting other people. it's making me sick!!!

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  12. Oh my gosh this is awful! (only heard about it through your blog) I hate violence, I can't imagine what kind of person in their right mind would do something so horrific?!

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  13. Lisa E: I don't think him being a muslim was in issue either. I have nothing to say against people of other faiths. But you know, I'm having to fight VERY hard with my instincts to be able to say that these days. It is SO easy to be swept up in the current of judgemental fear, especially when it's being broadcast so much. And when things like this are repeatedly linked to the muslim faith? I'm barely holding my head above the waters. :/ However, I know in my heart those types of prejudices are wrong. People have to be considered on an individual basis, and I strive to do that with EVERYONE I meet...to look at them with no preconcieved notions, and let THEIR actions determine what I think of them. That being said, this man, who is coincidentally of the muslim faith, deserves EVERYTHING that is coming to him. I hope he has to look into the eyes of the women he widowed, the children who's parents he slaughtered, and the friends who he stole from. And I hope it hurts like hell to know he's caused that pain.

    Mayra: Me too.

    straw76berry: It's as shocking to Americans as it is to you guys. None of us saw this coming. Not from one of our own, anyway. Since 9/11 EVERYONE has been looking over their shoulder a little, just waiting for someone to invade again. But this was out of no where. And it horrifies me more than the terrorist attacks did. I keep wondering, how did this happen? And is there a way to prevent it happening again? How did we let this happen?

    Clandestiny: I think the fact that this DOESN'T happen makes it all the more terrifying.

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  14. I think we are all feeling like this. It is heartbreaking. I wish the best and offer prayers for all involved. I believe the shooter is mentally ill and should just pass away. I know it would feel good to 'get justice' and make him miserable but I say, 'just go, now'.

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  15. You know what ticks me off about this. They (the military) are constantly sending guys overseas who shouldn't be. I am sorry to say but it is sad that this had to happen on our own turf for it to make the news. Pick up an Army Times or look at their website online. It happens alot more than you think. I have a recent Army Times where a man who was seeking help IN Iraq felt he wasn't getting the help he needed. They took his weapons away but he managed to take his escorts weapon away and kill 5 people in the building he was getting counseling from. Why wasn't that on the news? Another thing that sickens me is that they knew this guy had issues and he was even a suspect in online terror plots yet they were STILL sending him overseas? What makes me EVEN MORE sick is my husband says he has a guy in his group that was pulled off IRR (last resort people to call out) to deploy with them and he has had issues and has even been AWOL! THEY DON'T CARE ENOUGH!

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  16. It disturbs me to hear about things like this every day, knowing that people would do such a terrible thing like this.

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  17. Just Playin: The "better" part of me wants to agree with you, but most of me is demanding justice.

    Certified: I agree, this problem should have been noticed. Had people been a bit more observative this entire tragedy could have been averted.

    Ryan: Me too. :/

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  18. I thought about you when I heard of this tragedy. I am so sorry this happened to add to all you have to endure. Stay strong. Very well written post.

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  19. Hands down you have to be one of the strongest people to keep fighting this.
    I'm a Muslim myself, so I won't be commenting on the whole idea of letting prejudice win, but i do understand the implications of the broadcasting that has been going on over the years.

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  20. Nahl, I hope I didn't offend you. It's just that with everything that's going on, and with the way the media pushes the negetive stereotyping, I have to constantly guard myself against just "going with the flow." It's hard to distinguish between truth and media-fluff after a while.

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