"I was confused and just shocked," said Spc. Jerry Richard, 27, who works at the center but was not on duty during the shooting. "Overseas you are ready for it. But here you can't even defend yourself." Soldiers at Fort Hood don't carry weapons unless they are doing training exercises.Yesterday a 39 year old Psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hassan, executed 11 unarmed American warriors at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Hassan, a Muslim, may have been a frustrated single man. The Imam from his Mosque told reporters that Hassan complained to him about not having a wife. Hassan received a poor job performance evaluation from Walter Reed Medical Center in July, just before he transferred to Fort Hood.
The words of Spc. Jerry Richard quoted above haunt me. He said, "Here you can't even defend yourself." How many massacres of this kind will America absorb before it halts its freefall into the gun control abyss?
Just one armed individual in close proximity to Hassan would have radically changed the outcome of this rampage.
Instead of creating a society full of responsible armed men prepared to protect innocence we are creating a surveillance society in which we demand that the government guarantee our safety. That doesn't make any sense at all. It isn't possible to build a government big enough to protect all 300 million of us all the time. That should be painfully obvious to everyone by now.
How many more Columbines, Virginia Techs and Fort Hoods will it take to wake us up from our utopia-induced stupor so that we can take personal responsibility for ourselves and those we love. It has become, of course, impossible to protect yourself in much of the world because of bad thinking about guns. The liberal idea of ridding the world of guns has actually only kept guns away from the good men who would use them properly.
A perhaps unintended consequence of this bad ideology is that the process of feminization gets a testosterone boost. Men will always choose coddling over duty, if those are their only two choices. The problem with the world is that those aren't ever the only two choices.
Feminists think duty can be feminized. Men are eager to let them believe that. It makes life so much more pleasureable ... until the going gets tough.
Then everyone, feminists included, look for the alpha male -- the man of principle who was created to use just the right amount of force, at just the right nanosecond, to secure justice for all.
That man was surely present in the Soldier Readiness Center yesterday. Our society just made sure he was denied the tools to perform his duty.