Navy Yard Shooting

We don’t really know anything about it other than someone started shooting.  We’ll let the MSM tie themselves up in knots getting it wrong for a while and then see what the full details are.  But here’s my first take on it:

One or maybe two or three shooters shut down an entire US Navy base.  That is disgraceful regardless of whatever facts relate to this case.  Our enemies are now taking note:  if you want to go to war with the United States, you start with a few three-man commando teams attacking major US military bases – it will paralyze our military for hours, at least.

We need to change this – our bases have to be fully armed with people who know how to shoot to kill in an instant.  No US base should be shut down because of an attack – and no one should flee their post, nor should a “shelter in place” (translation: cower in fear) order be issued.  The strength of any military force is expressed by its instant readiness for war.  There are no rear areas for the military and there is no peace time.  Violent enemies are always out there, always seeking to kill…the military must always be ready.

UPDATE:  Seems that the killer is going to fall in to the “nut” category.  Here’s the bit of news which caught my eye this morning over at The Telegraph:

Exclusive: The Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis played violent video games including Call of Duty for up to 16 hours at a time and friends believe it could have pushed him towards becoming a mass murderer.

Going through the whole article and seeing other things in the news about him, he appears to have been a dog’s breakfast of oddities.  There has emerged so far no hard center for the man – adrift on the tides, grasping some lifelines, but ultimately over the edge in to madness.  Naturally, most people will not blame what he saw and did prior to the attack.  Blame will be assigned in two ways:

1.  Anti-gun nuts will, as always, blame the gun.

2.  Rational people will almost all just blame the killer.

Me?  I blame the entire situation.  As I’ve said again and again and again these things used to never happen.  Now they do.  The dividing line is that school shooting in San Diego back in 1979.

It is everything that went in to the killer which caused him to kill – our broken morality, our glorification of violence, our attacks on masculine virtues (men not taught to be properly manly often wind up as brutes); all of this and more caused this to happen…and, yes, someone who plays violent video games for long periods of time is feeding in to his brain things which can come out in very bad ways.  As always in these situations, I’ll just point out that until we decide to change entirely, we’ll just get more and more of this.

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11 thoughts on “Navy Yard Shooting

  1. Retired Spook September 16, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    I agree on not making any rash comments until the facts are known. That said, I will bet a month’s pay that there is a sign at the entrance to the building at the Navy Yard where the shooting occurred that says something like, “gun free zone”, or “no weapons allowed”.

    • neocon01 September 16, 2013 / 5:18 pm

      If obammy had a son…………

      AP: 1 SHOOTER DEAD…
      Aaron Alexis…
      REPORT: Had been arrested for gun crime…
      Charges dropped…
      Gained access using someone else’s ID…

    • neocon01 September 16, 2013 / 5:21 pm

      JR
      brain dead and dangerous, talking to millions of dumbed down low information voters.
      and we wonder HOW we ended up with this fraud usurper??

  2. Retired Spook September 17, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Left spins the fact that Alexis didn’t use an AR-15 as erroneously reported by nearly every news outlet, but, instead, used Joe Biden’s recommended weapon of choice — a shotgun.

    • tiredoflibbs September 18, 2013 / 12:07 pm

      To the single-minded proggies, it is still “don’t let a crisis go to waste” tactic that they will never abandon.

      Even though he did not use an “assault weapon”, the left is spinning “this has reignited the ‘gun violence’ debate”, when it really hasn’t. The criminal went through the required background checks and passed. The problem will be when will HPPA laws interfere with the background checks the proggies want to have – will they be ignored or will the government be able to intrude into a patients privacy? The problem is that this man should have been in jail for prior acts of violence and/or under psychiatric help (more like institutionalized) for the “voices in his head”. Either way, the proggies have watered down the laws for committing the mentally ill and jailing offenders due to prison “overcrowding”.

  3. J. R. Babcock (@JRBabcock) September 18, 2013 / 8:05 am

    As usual, it looks like the media, except for describing the shooter as a bald, black man, got just about everything else wrong. They said there were at least 2, maybe 3 shooters — nope. They said the shooter got on base with a stolen ID — nope. They said he used an AR-15 “assault” rifle – nope. The last was a twofer – the AR-15 is not an assault rifle, and the shooter didn’t have one.

  4. tiredoflibbs September 18, 2013 / 5:52 pm

    As usual, the former trolls who used to come here get it all wrong. They went into a rant that Mark INSULTED all men and women of the armed forces while whining that Mark expected civilians to “pack heat”.

    Obviously, they can’t see that gun free zones make easy targets – even military bases. When only a few security personnel carry weapons and they are spread as thin as any police force in a major metropolitan area. The typical liberal “deep thinking” is that police are sufficient where the citizenry does not have to be armed. And if they were, there would be violence breaking out all over the place – like the wild west (a straw man argument they mindlessly use).

    They are not here because we don’t want to be exposed to their insanity or toxicity. Please do not drag it all back onto this blog by reporting what is going on over there on the dark side. If we cared what they thought they could still post here. // Moderator

    • M. Noonan September 19, 2013 / 2:01 pm

      I get the moderator’s point – but, still, the truth of the matter is that, in a certain sense, I do want civilians to “pack heat”. I’m in favor, after all, of a revival of the Militia. It would be voluntary, but the basic premise would be as it was before – unpaid volunteers who provide their own basic military-style weapons and equipment and who muster periodically to drill…and who may be called out by the State governor of the President of the United States in an emergency. My reason for this is two-fold:

      1. A militia is a citizens organization; it provides muscle in the hands of the citizenry which is not under the control of the central government.

      2. The standing army should be smaller in order to discourage overseas adventurism.

      Militia members would have military-style weapons – so, yes, your local militia members would have M-16’s stored at home, along with (as appropriate), grenade launchers, grenades, light machine guns…and stored locally and under militia control would be anti-tank weapons, anti-air weapons, light artillery, heavy machine guns and armored vehicles. No, the militia could not stand up to the Army man for man…but we’d probably have 10 million militia members around the country as opposed to an army of half a million…the balance of power now favors the citizen…and anyone who proposes to invade the United States, conventionally or via terrorist squads, knows he’s got 10,000,000 military-armed Americans who are organized in regiments. Not an appealing prospect. In addition to these benefits, the act of being in the militia will encourage civic activity and thus make for better citizens.

  5. tiredoflibbs September 20, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    While discussing the recent shooting, a proggy used the argument today that “guns designed to kill people should be banned. I am not talking about banning guns for hunting or target shooting but those ‘assault weapons’.”

    Huh? A musket was a weapon designed to kill people. At one point, so was the sling shot, a flint pointed spear, a knife, etc. etc. designed to “kill people”.

    These progressives have focused on the TOOL in these shootings and not on the person perpetrating these crimes. A “gun designed to kill people” will not kill someone on its own. In a society where criminals can murder unarmed citizenry in “gun free zones”, this will continue to happen since criminals do not obey the law to begin with. Gun control laws are designed to disarm the law abiding citizen. Criminals will steal or buy a gun off the street (many of which were to be destroyed through your neighborhood gun buy back program) to enable their criminal activity.

    The proggies will not address the reasons for these crimes – the criminal. The Navy Yard shooter was involved in several incidents which should have revoked his security clearance and a conviction in prior gun related crime would have flagged the background check. He purchased a shotgun – Biden’s defense weapon of choice. This deranged individual should have also been committed to an institution under the laws that proggies have revoked nation-wide. He could not be committed until he was a threat to himself or others. We have had at least two incidents in which the individual demonstrated he was a threat it was too late.

    Proggies will never learn. But their intent is to disarm the citizenry – just like many “progressive” (translated socialist) regimes have done before.

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