Saturday, November 07, 2009

Times Online: The mother who brought down the Fort Hood killer

Christopher Check comments on a post by Dr. Fleming:

There is another elephant in the room, although, I hope in time, the facts will be made clear and the elephant will disappear. Let’s imagine that Hasan was carrying two semiautomatic pistols, though General Cone confirmed that only one was semiautomatic; presumably he meant that the other could have been a revolver (If true then my elephant is even bigger.) Still, let’s say he had two pistols carrying 15 rounds each (eg.,magazine of an M9 holds 15). This means he had to change magazines, at a minimum, one time to fire off 45 rounds to cause 43 casualties. I fired expert every year that I was in the Marine Corps with the M9 (it is a very forgiving pistol!), but that was standing still at a range holding the weapon with both hands. Not the same environment in which Hasan was shooting. (By the way, I am guessing a 9mm round because some victims were hit multiple times and are still alive; a 45 round that hits you in the big toe takes off your leg) Even at the very close range from which he must have been firing (some must have been point blank), that is a very high percentage of hits. I’m guessing he changed magazines at least one time in each pistol–very likely more times. During the interludes of magazine changing and pulling back the slide assembly to chamber a new round (a quick enough action, but one requiring two hands), not one of these soldiers, men about to deploy to a combat theater made a move for Hasa to overpower him, much less a group of them? One question, had I been present at Cone’s initial press conference, would have been “what was the sex of the victims?” Of the few names that have been released, three are females. Was the group of soldiers attacked disproportionately female? Was at last subdued when he had nearly exhausted his ammunition? It is one thing to hope that victims of a campus shooting might rally to subdue a shooter, but am I being unfair to wonder what these soldiers about to deploy for combat were doing? I hope that some data will come to light to show that my speculations about the soldiers on the scene are unfair. I’ll be happy to say so in this space if they are.
So were there any attempts made by the soldiers there to take down Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan? Or did they decide that it was better to stay low and avoid being shot by police officers at the scene? Or is it representative of the training that soldiers in support units (POGs) receive in today's Army, that they are unable to take the initiative and respond to an attack?

As for the police sergeant who incapacitated Hasan -- the article does not say whether she is married or not, but she is a mother of one. How different is she from the young women and mothers who are currently serving in the U.S. military?

The Fort Hood Massacre by William Murchison
Thinking Housewife: Our Feminized Military

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonder how things might have turned out if someone there was carrying a concealed weapon...then again, it's a federal installation and weapons aren't allowed...guess the wolves don't have to follow the rules...stupid f-ing sheep.

How many times did she shoot him, and he still didn't die? Yeah, typical lack of marksmanship in today's police force...spray & pray.