Friday, November 6, 2009

Fort Hood

I don't know that I have words to explain what I am feeling about the incident at Fort Hood yesterday, but I have to try.

~Regarding the shooter. I KNOW I don't have words to describe this waste of a human being. It is a matter of taking the already horrific event of turning a gun on innocent people, compounded by the fact that those innocent people are the very ones that will give their lives to defend this country, and exponentially increased by the fact that the shooting was done in a place that these brave defenders are supposed to be able to relax and feel safe. He didn't just kill people. He killed people that had devoted their lives to protecting HIS freedom. He killed people that were in that room either getting ready to go serve their country abroad, or returning from a tour of service. He killed people that had families at home that were relaxed in their worry. The families didn't have to worry, their loved ones were on US soil, in a safe place, the time for worry had not yet arrived. The shooter is among the lowest form of human life. I am a kind person for the most part, but I have to admit that I was really disappointed to hear that he had survived and was still alive. I honestly, truly, deeply, wish that they would have killed him at the scene.

~Regarding the victims. There are not enough words in this world to explain how I feel about the men and women that serve in our military. As a child of a career Army man, I saw firsthand the love that these people have for their country. They don't enlist to get good healthcare, or free college, those are just the perks. They enlist because they believe with their whole being that our country is a place worth fighting for, that our freedom is a thing worth dying for. The ultimate goal is to serve honorably, faithfully, steadfastly, and for them to know that because of their actions, their families back home go to bed each night in safety and freedom. The men and women in that room yesterday were no less of heroes in my eyes. They were men and women who were prepared to give their life for the country, and instead had it stolen away by a mad gunman. They have all my respect, all my honor, all my love. My hand is over my heart for them. I salute the flag for them. I tear up at Taps for them. They are my heroes.

~Regarding the families. There are no words that can comfort. Please know that your country is behind you. Your country grieves with you.

~Regarding Fort Hood. The odd thing is that we used to live there. When I was in middle school, my family lived on Fort Hood for about 18 months. I know the buildings they were talking about. I drove by that main gate. I know that place. It was a place of security. I never had to worry about my dad going to work there because we were in the States. We were on American soil, we were safe. My heart goes out to all the families there now that can no longer live with that sense of security.

I don't have any witty way to wrap this post up. I will just close by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those hurt and killed yesterday at Fort Hood.


  1. Amen to this. This coward didn't even give the families of those soldiers the chance to see them off. They were still on home soil.

    My heart goes out to them all and if that shooter does survive I hope he wishes he was dead.

    God bless the soldiers willing to fight for freedom and the families that are left at home to worry and pray.

  2. I didn't even hear about this until today. I need to go look the story up to find out what happened. Then I will come back and leave a more thoughtful comment.

    I do have to say, as a family member of a military member, the fact that a shooting like this could happen on a military base is unfathomable in and of itself, but the fact that the guy is still alive is gobsmacking. I can't believe his body isn't riddled with bullets to the point of being unrecognizable.

    I have to agree with everything you said in this post. The fact that these soldiers were taken from the families on American soil is beyond words. It is something that should never, ever be allowed to take place.

    There isn't a punishment befitting the crime because it is too heinous. No matter how they take care of him, it will be too swift and not punishment enough.

  3. Amen, My heart and prayers go out to the families..

  4. I'm having such a hard time processing it, too. When I heard that one of the soldiers was pregnant, it added another layer of horrification (if that isn't a word, it should be). Two lives lost in one body.
    It's just incomprehensible. I'm glad I serve a God who understands, because I am at a loss.