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November 6, 2009

Ford Hood shooting suspect still alive, Army says

KILLEEN, Texas, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The suspect in a shooting rampage at Ford Hood Army post on Thursday in which 12 people were killed and 31 wounded is in a hospital in stable condition, contrary to previous reports he had been killed, an Army general said.

Shooting at “Ford Hood”? I believe the Army uses the alternate spelling, F-o-r-t. This was a featured link on Google News highlights so I am sure lots of people saw it.

I had to look three times to make sure it wasn’t a joke on purpose. You know, hood possibly being an automobile component and Ford being an auto manufacturer just made it funny to me.


Ouch. Not a great week for headline editing, if you look at the two items before this one as well. Yes, this one did get noticed: GBU Editor

Major Nidal Malik Hasan. REUTERS/Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/Handout

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There was a gratuitous comment in the latest Fort Hood story I found most objectionable.It said something to the effect that mass shootings are not uncommon in the US because of lax gun controls. Lax gun control had nothing to do with this shooting. In fact, military bases are strict no-gun zones unless soldiers are using them for training or are police. This could just as well have happened at a UK military base. I certainly pray it does not, but don’t blame US gun laws for this one.

Posted by Father Daniel Beegan | Report as abusive

Regarding a comment in you recent wire story regarding the shootings at Fort Hood: “Multiple shooting incidents are not uncommon in the United States, where there are relatively lax gun controls.” Do you have some statistics to back this up? Are you saying that if the United States has strict gun control laws that there would have been only one person shot? Since all military bases (including Fort Hood) have strict gun control regulations, your comment is self-disproving. This incident has nothing to do with gun control, but everything to do with psychic makeup of a deranged individual and his wacky beliefs. We get really tired of the press making such undocumented statements to get across their agenda. Put this kind of blather on the opinion page, not in a purported news article.

Posted by Jeff Swain | Report as abusive

“We have to understand what caused the suspect to act in the way that he did,” Army Secretary John McHugh said after observing a moment of silence at the base….. Hasan yelled “Allah akbar” — Arabic for “God is great” — just before the shooting… Come on people, this man is a Traitor, our country is at War, and we know what the penalty is. No amount of spinning, hand wringing, or dithering about what happened in Texas is going to change those facts.

Posted by Rick B. | Report as abusive

A doctor who counsels others to manage stress cannot manage by himself. How could he graduate from his discipline ? How could he obtain this medical licence ? How could non-military personnel bring in arms to the base unchecked ? Pentagon should address all these questions. We yield too much to authoritativeness.

Posted by Gerrace | Report as abusive