Today, the FBI released footage from the Navy Yard shooting in Washington DC. In that video, you can see the perpetrator methodically clearing rooms as he embarks upon his rampage. For me, that shows how efficient a trained person with a gun can create chaos in a matter of seconds, nevermind that this particular incident went on for more than an hour.
Is this a precursor of things to come? We have thousands upon thousands of soldiers who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome as a result of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Suicides for military personnel have been increasing over the past few years, and it seems as though the VA Medical system is ill-equipped to handle them.
Will we see more instances of veterans going on shooting rampages like the Navy Yard Shooting? For all our sakes, I hope this is an extremely isolated incident. I don’t want to paint any veterans with the actions of this one person. My hope is that our politicians dispense with the BS and ensure our veterans get the help they need in a timely manner.
- Mental Health, Multiple Deployments, and Media Rejection (trueboots.wordpress.com)
- The battle zone of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (blogs.abc.net.au)
- Returning from war can be a minefield for veterans (stripes.com)
- Navy Yard Shooter Suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anger Issues: Is Aaron Alexis A Wake-Up Call For Vets With PTSD? (medicaldaily.com)
- Veterans fear being stigmatized in wake of Navy Yard shooting (stltoday.com)
- Professor: Navy Yard shooter showed signs of psychosis (thelead.blogs.cnn.com)