Burn Pit.org – November 9th, 2009 – By MOTHAX
Dr. Phil discusses PTSD on CNN, despite the fact that the Ft Hood shooter did not have PTSD, had never served overseas, and no evidence supported the theory that PTSD made him do it.
It was so predicable that one didn’t need to be a prognosticator on par with Nostradamus to predict what the aftermath of Major Hasan’s shooting spree would look like. CNN for 5 hours solid (I know because I was watching every second of it) interviewed mental health professionals on what the effect of returning from combat can do to a man. Even long after other bloggers and media sources had alerted CNN that nothing in this man’s record indicated overseas service, still the investigation into unstable soldiers with PTSD continued unabated.
When a JAG officer on Larry King Live lambasted the network for the “psycho-babble” and noted the killer’s last name, everyone on the set lambasted him for his obvious racism. Dr Phil was nearly apoplectic, and chimed in noting how irresponsible this assertion was. Now, just why it was irresponsible to note the last name, and yet not irresponsible to malign those of our brothers and sisters with PTSD, was never really addressed.
Into the Valley of Impropriety rides “Veterans for Common Sense.” “I’m very upset. I’m at the point of tears,” said Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, who lives in Austin. “We warned the military about this. We warned the military about the need to increase the number of mental health care providers. We warned the military about lowering recruiting standards, about the medical exams for soldiers coming back from the war and needing mental health care and brain injury exams.”
“We have been working tirelessly to try to prevent this from happening,” he said. “This is so horrible. This is a tragedy.”
Really Paul, you warned the military that a psychiatrist might at any moment decide to switch teams and launch an attack on an SRP center? Or, did you just leap to a conclusion that supported your world-view, and facts be damned, you decided to run with it? Because I don’t see a single thing in your warnings that would have had any bearing what-so-ever on this atrocity.
Not to be outdone, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence decided to take advantage of this opportunity to attack a completely unrelated bill that Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Burr, had introduced with support from The American Legion.
“Our deepest sympathies go to the families who lost loved ones or are today visiting them in the hospital. Along with the rest of the country, we wish the Fort Hood community a return to a secure and safe environment.
“When I heard of the tragedy yesterday, we were in the midst of planning a response to the latest dangerous legislative proposal from the gun lobby in the United States Senate – language to automatically restore access to guns to veterans designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department as ‘mentally incapacitated’ or ‘mentally incompetent.’ In light of what happened yesterday – a violent attack by an emotionally unstable soldier – it is even clearer that the proposal being pushed by Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina should be rejected.
“America has seen an epidemic of horrific gun violence at churches and synagogues, workplaces, health clubs, high schools, universities, police stations and now Army bases. This latest tragedy, at a heavily fortified army base, ought to convince more Americans to reject the argument that the solution to gun violence is to arm more people with more guns in more places. Enough is enough.”
Now, just to be clear, nothing in that bill would have had any impact here. Hasan was in the military, ergo, NOT GOING TO VA. This bill they reference would allow veterans who go to the VA some legal protections from having a psychiatrist arbitrarily take away their right to own guns, unless they are a threat to themselves or others. So, not only would this not have hindered Hasan, it is designed so that Hasan wouldn’t have taken away a veterans Constitutional rights, if he decided to go work for VA.
So, there you have it. For Veterans Day this year CNN honored us by maligning those with PTSD, “Veterans for Common Sense” blamed the military for not listening to them, even though what they were saying wouldn’t have any impact here, and the Brady Center plans to use this tragedy to stifle a bill intended to protect the Constitutional Rights of Veterans.
Oh, and as for the Brady Campaign’s little shot about how this was a “heavily fortified base” I am sure they knew this, but all privately owned firearms on base have to be stored with the ammunition separate, and one has to clear it through the provost marshal first. So knock off the idea that everyone on base was running around armed.
Thanks a lot to CNN, Veterans for Common Sense, and the Brady Campaign. Stop trying to help us; we can’t take much more.