Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged gunman who killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood in Texas was shot four times, and in spite of the reports of his being killed, is actually alive and on a ventilator at a hospital. Not sure whether I should say too bad or not, because that can be taken in a myriad of ways. Perhaps it would have been better if he had been killed, according to some. So the big question is, at least here, is how do you prepare for this kind of scenario? To write a long letter on a short piece of paper, you can’t. Well, you could, but it would be very costly and violate much of the US Constitution.
In this particular case there are some clues, and yet there was no real reason to suspect Hasan would have done such a thing. Apparently Hasan, a Virginia native, and yes, a devout Muslim according to sources, was about to deploy to the Mideast and wasn’t too happy about it. Reports say that he had said repeatedly that he(Hasan) had hoped the Great B.O.(Obama) would have pulled the troops out of the area and ended the fighting by now. Fat chance of that ever happening. Hasan was also an Army psychiatrist. Go figure. A doctor of nut jobs becoming a nut job. But stress can do some terrible things to you, so I won’t condemn him beyond his deserved due. That’s the laws job to do.
Tragedies such as these are unfathomable at best, and because of this they are difficult if not impossible to predict. Unlike other countries where mass killings are a daily occurrence, such as Israel and Iraq with their suicide bombings, the rare occasion makes them seem even more of a tragedy here in the US where we all think we are so safe. But the event of mass killings is not as rare as we would think. The AP has an article giving a list of some mass killing in the US here, a partial list includes:
- Nov. 5, 2009: The Army says 13 people were killed and 30 wounded in a shooting rampage at its Fort Hood base in Texas. The suspect in the shootings, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was wounded and is hospitalized.
- April 3, 2009: A 41-year-old man opened fire at an immigrant community center in Binghamton, N.Y., killing 11 immigrants and two workers. Jiverly Wong, a Vietnamese immigrant and a former student at the center, killed himself as police rushed to the scene.
- March 10, 2009: Michael McLendon, 28, killed 10 people, including his mother, four other relatives and the wife and child of a local sheriff’s deputy, across two rural Alabama counties. He then committed suicide.
- Feb. 14, 2008: Former student Steven Kazmierczak, 27, opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, fatally shooting five students and wounding 18 others before committing suicide.
- Dec. 5, 2007: 19-year-old Robert A. Hawkins opened fire with a rifle in Omaha, Neb., at a Von Maur store in the Westroads Mall, killing eight people before taking his own life. Five more people were wounded, two critically.
- April 16, 2007: Cho Seung-Hui, 23, fatally shot 32 people in a dorm and a classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, then killed himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
There are others of course that are not on the list, such as today’s shooting in Florida, where 40 year old Jason Rodriguez was arrested after killing one and wounding five others in the Orlando office of Reynolds, Smith & Hills. How do you know ahead of time who will do what, and why, and more importantly, when? This one is only a one death incident, and that doesn’t carry as much advertising pull as when several people get killed, but these types of killings are in fact a daily occurrence in this nation.
When a tragedy like this strikes you need to act first and ask questions later. Hit the deck and get behind cover if someone starts shooting near you. You cannot outrun a bullet, and if you are behind the gunman you may get hit by someone else returning fire. Of course, if it is the military hunting you down like a right wing terrorist, you haven’t got a chance. One of the ways to combat this sort of thing would be to get rid of the anti-gun nuts and allow everyone to carry concealed, except for known criminals of course.(not that the law matters to them)
I would think that if the risk of being shot back would be a greater deterrent than almost anything else for many people. Unfortunately, many of these people do it with the intent of getting their own butts snuffed in the process. I guess because they may be too cowardly to take care of their own problems. But unlike this Hasan fellow, I’m no psychiatrist so I wouldn’t know.
But like I said, head for cover, and when the bullets stop flying do what you can to help out. Basic first aid isn’t much for a bullet wound, but you can help with some of the damage control until the officials get on scene to do their job. You can stop the bleeding and such. Maybe do some crown control, and help stabilize the scene from deteriorating into a mass panic and causing more destruction and injury. Without someone to take a strong leadership position crowds can transform into an unruly mob in no time at all. And I should know, I’ve seen the Godzilla movies.
But to be serious, this sort of thing is not going to go away, and as we get closer to the end times, these incidents will in fact increase in this country. I firmly believe it is only a matter of time before we see the arrival of the suicide bomber attacks here in the US. There are many Muslim extremists in the world that would love to see America destroyed, and some believe that they will receive special dispensation of some sort if they get killed participating in the killing of we infidels, as they like to call us. Keep an eye out for those around you and be aware of anyone acting suspiciously. A man wearing a heavy overcoat in July may be someone with a bomb, or hiding firearms. People who are constantly scanning in a nervous fashion may have something nasty up his sleeve. Things like that are what we can look out for in a crowded place.
I’m planning to do a more in depth article on dealing with this sort of issue later on, so keep checking back for more on preparedness and survival on a regular basis.