To the Editor:
The purpose of this letter is to express my opinion and feelings about the most recent Fort Hood tragedy.
The media and several citizens have blamed lax security at the post as well as a need for stronger rules and regulations pertaining to the possession of weapons, background checks, etc.
Fort Hood is a relatively secure installation and has the personnel needed to maintain it.
I fully agree with the commanding general, that allowing thousands of Fort Hood soldiers and civilian employees to carry weapons is not a rational idea.
Combat soldiers are not in the business of resolving volatile situations in a peaceful, diplomatic way.
That’s when well-trained military police and other law enforcement agencies should take over.
In this instance, there’s a soldier with mental and emotional problems, being evaluated for PTSD, married with children, still grieving for his mother’s and grandfather’s deaths, angry because he apparently was given only a couple of days leave to attend his mother’s funeral.
Preventable? There was not any evidence of medical or psychiatric issues that could have alerted authorities.
Today’s KDH has a quote from President Abraham Lincoln: “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.” Somehow those words ring true, especially in the case of someone trying to explain an act beyond his control.
Retired Master Sgt. P.C. Santiago