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U.S. soldier opens fire at military base (Updated)

Twelve killed, 31 injured in shooting rampage


 

At least seven people were killed and 12 injured in a shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. No details of the incident have been released, though one gunman is reportedly in custody, while another remains on the loose. KCEN, an affiliate of NBC News, reports that a policeman was among the seven shot. Fort Hood, located some 60 miles northeast of Austin, is home base to 4,929 active duty officers and 45,414 enlisted. The base also employs nearly 9,000 civil employees. Unconfirmed reports suggest that one of the shooters, armed with a high-powered rifle, was being surrounded by police. The base is on lockdown, as are nearby schools.

Update: The U.S Army has confirmed 12 people were killed and another 31 injured when a soldier opened fire at the Fort Hood base in Texas. The victims include both military staff and civilians. The gunman has since been shot and killed, while two others suspected of aiding the attack are in custody. A senior Obama administration official says there is no evidence to suggest the shootings were part of an organized plot against Fort Hood. Commenting on the incident from Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama said, “It’s difficult enough when we lose these great Americans in battles overseas. It’s horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.”

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U.S. soldier opens fire at military base (Updated)

  1. It's important to realize that this shooting represents does _not_ represent evidence for gun control.

    This is because gun control regulates civilian gun ownership and this shooting involved a soldier, not a civilian.

    It's important for gun controllers to recognize that human nature does not change when you put on a uniform and that the police and military they religiously trust can also go crazy and open fire on them.

    As such, we are better off with civilians having guns so they can react if this occurs.

    • Glenn Reynolds said this about it at Instapundit "How did he shoot so many people? Ironically, stateside military bases are virtual gun-free zones, where most guns are kept locked up and only a few are allowed to be armed."

      But I really think we could stop for a moment without debating the politics of these events. At least, I don't intend to do so from now on for at least a short while after unless it's in response to someone who already has.

  2. I think it is quite clear as the facts are in that this is a political act of terrorism rather than a case of mental instability due to other factors. I wonder if this will have any effect on other Arab and/or Muslim servicemen in the armed forces. Will there be an increased amount of suspicion? Will there be a push to scrutinize their lives and politics? Perhaps there will even be a purge of Muslim servicemen from the military if they are deemed to be shaky in their loyalties.

    We'll have to see how this all plays out. Hopefully there isn't an overreaction.

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