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Fort Hood: Hasan's Uncounted Victim?
9 years ago

Police Sergeant Kimberly Munley -
Hasan's last victim
In the media coverage of Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s mass murder of 13 unarmed Army personnel–and wounding of 29 more–at Fort Hood last Thursday, there was inconsistent coverage of one shooting victim. The consequences of this reach beyond the Fort Hood tragedy and increase the likelihood of future ones.
In most first-tier media reports containing the term “ victim ” in the title or lede, Police Sergeant Kimberly Munley wasn’t included.
An Associated Press article published by Fox News and the New York Times didn’t include her.
In fairness, both Fox and the Times covered Munley’s wounding.
So far, Google search results indicate that only CBS has officially included Munley in their list of victims.
Some of the second-tier media outlets, such as the Omaha World-Herald, included Munley as one of the wounded, implying victimization.
Was she a hero? Absolutely. Munley and Officer Mark Todd ran towards the shooter when running away was more reasonable. She put saving others’ lives ahead of protecting her own.
Did she save lives? Almost certainly, many families are grateful for her sacrifice.
But Hasan wounded her, too, making her another of his victims, and she should be identified as such by news organizations with the resources to hire their own investigative reporters.
The reason for this emphasis – perhaps belaboring the obvious–is not to focus on media foibles but to highlight the following point.
Fort Hood policy required soldiers to be disarmed when not training or on guard duty, likely driving up fatalities. But the untold story is that:
Gun control negatively impacts law enforcement, too.
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9 years ago
An earlier examination of FBI Supplemental Homicide and crime reports for 2007 found:
·      An overwhelming proportion of civilian justifiable homicides occurred in states where law-abiding citizens can carry concealed handguns (also known as right-to-carry or RTC).
·      Police justifiable homicides occurred 5 times as often in non-RTC states, where it is generally difficult for private citizens to legally carry concealed.
·      Police self-defense justifiable homicides occurred three times as often in non-RTC states (they had to defend against violent attacks against them).
·      Violent crime and murder rates were far lower in RTC states.
(Note: These ratios are consistent for years 2000-2006; 2008 Supplemental Homicide report not available until 2010.)
When the law-abiding are disarmed, police officers suffer as well.
This is the legacy of gun control, and by underreporting certain facts related to criminal violence, media contribute to its continued existence.

This post was modified from its original form on 08 Nov, 10:07
U.S. Senate Panel to Probe Fort Hood Shooting Motives (Update1)
9 years ago

By John Hughes

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. Senate panel will investigate motives in the deadly shooting at Fort Hood and whether any warning signs should have led to the suspect’s discharge from the Army, Senator :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >Joe Lieberman said.

The suspect, Major :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was in intensive care with gunshot wounds after he allegedly went on a shooting rampage Nov. 5 inside the Army base in Texas, killing 13 people and injuring 30.

Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said his panel will conduct an investigation into Hasan’s motives that also will “ask whether the Army missed warning signs that should have led them to essentially discharge him.”

Lieberman said alleged past statements by Hasan, 39, justifying suicide bombings, along with witness reports that he shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or God is great, while firing, raise concerns that the suspect had become “self-radicalized” and that authorities should have dealt with him before the shooting.

“If the reports that we’re receiving of various statements he made, acts he took, are valid, he had turned to Islamist extremism,” Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, said on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “If that is true, the murder of these 13 people was a terrorist act.”

General :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >George Casey, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, said the investigation needs to continue before anyone can speculate on motives. Asked on ABC’s “This Week” by host :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >George Stephanopoulos whether it’s unknown if the shooting was a terrorist act or a case of someone who just “snapped,” Casey replied, “You are exactly right, and I don’t think we should speculate on one or the other, or any other possibilities.”

Muslim Faith

Casey, when asked about the role Hasan’s Muslim faith may have played in the shooting, said the issue was something “we need to be very careful about.”

“The speculation could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers,” Casey said. “What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here.”

Senator :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said on CBS’s “Face The Nation” that the investigation should examine whether “clear signals” were missed and that the evidence trail should be followed without overreaction.

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9 years ago

‘Just About Him’

“At the end of the day, maybe this is just about him,” Graham said of Hasan. “It’s certainly not about his religion, Islam. It’s not about the Army. It’s not about the war.”

Senator :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, said on the same program that there are about 3,000 men and women of Muslim faith serving in the military, and that some have been wounded and others killed in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This is not about theology,” Reed said. “I think, again, what we will find is that someone who has deep psychiatric problems, they’re not unique to the Army.”

President :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to Fort Hood Nov. 10 to attend a memorial service. U.S. Attorney General :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >Eric Holder said Hasan may be tried by a military rather than a civilian court.

To contact the reporter on this story: :S:d1" rel="nofollow" >John Hughes in Washington at

Last Updated: November 8, 2009 12:31 EST

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