[Guest post by Aaron Worthing]
From a game called Medal of Honor, to real life heroes, DRJ directs us to some of the testimony in the Ft. Hood shooting case where we see some of the heroism that emerged that day. I dare say that at least some of these acts might qualify for a medal of honor. The money quote:
Amid the carnage described Friday were moments of heroism. Spc. Logan Burnett said he saw Capt. John Gaffaney try to attack Hasan with a chair before he was shot and killed. Burnett said he also tried to throw a folding table at Hasan, but was shot in the hip before he could throw it. Burnett was shot another two times as he crawled to safety.
CW2 Christopher Royal testified that he saw Hasan chase another soldier, Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, out of the building and shoot him before going back inside. Royal said that Hasan left the building again shortly after and began shooting at him, hitting him in the back. Royal said he saw Hasan move toward a crowded theater hosting a graduation ceremony.
“I ran to try to get there before he got there,” he said. Royal was able to tell soldiers at the theater to lock up the building.
There is plenty more coverage of the trial, here. But the depressing thing in reading all of that is it also makes it clear how unnecessary these deaths were. Reading of these soldiers having to hide behind locked doors, having to resort to throwing chairs in the hope of stopping him, it reminds you of an absolutely insane fact: this military base was a gun-free zone. It illustrates exactly how easily this whole thing would have been stopped if only everyone was allowed to carry a gun. And no, I am not the first person to notice.
From the missed warning signs to this gun-free idiocy, it is clear that our military bureaucracy failed those soldiers in Ft. Hood, not only failing to protect them but positively impairing their ability to protect themselves. Their heroism is an indictment on that bureaucracy.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]