“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ft. Hood

First, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time. May those who are gone be at peace, and those wounded recover quickly.

Second, Ofc. Munley has hopefully forever resolved the argument on the abilities of women to be good cops. Her quick actions and bravery kept this from being a much worse scenario for everyone. May she also recover quickly and return to the job she obviously loves.

Plenty of other folks are already discussing the pitiful fact that none of these soldiers was able to protect themselves, as well as the curiosity about the lack of an investigation into the shooter despite numerous warning signs which should have raised flags. I'm curious as to how much of that had to do with certain changes in priorities which have been pushed through in the past year...

Also interesting is some of the data not making it to the U.S. media. The Telegraph is reporting a possible connection between the shooter and the 9-11 hijackers - something tells me that even more will be coming out as the investigation progresses. Whether this was a lone player, influenced by others, or part of a conspiracy, the fact is that jihadist terrorism has once again struck on U.S. soil.

Finally, as an active shooter instructor for my department, I hope that other agencies took note of the successful resolution before more deaths - entering as soon as possible and engaging the suspect saved lives, as opposed to just setting up a perimeter and waiting.

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