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.