First, my condolences to the families of the fallen, and the wounded and their families as well. This was a horrific crime perpetrated on the innocent and unsuspecting, and there are not words to express how awful this is. God bless the victims and their families.
I was very surprised to find out that Fort Hood is a gun free zone in some respects. Like so many other massacres, (1, 2, 3, 4) this one took place in an environment in which most of the victims were not allowed to be armed. If military personnel were required to have their sidearms as part of their uniform, the death toll would almost certainly have been greatly reduced. (1, 2, 3).
I will note here an observation: This was apparently caused by a lone Muslim who felt it was his religious mandate to kill Americans. It seems to me an obvious observation that the great majority, if not all, terrorist activity in the last ten years or so is being instigated by Muslims who feel it is their religious mandate to kill Americans. Political correctness causes politicians and news media to pussy-foot around this fact, but – there it is.
I am not saying that all Muslims are like that. But given this trend, I think it would be wise to have a heightened awareness of what is going on with any Muslims you may know. Hasan, the murderer at Fort Hood (no, he’s not a ‘suspect’ – he was caught in the act), apparently was quite open about his views and gave many clues that something was wrong.
This is not prejudice. This is situational awareness.