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Stephen Green

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September 16, 2013 - 1:00 pm

I need to be blunt.

What the hell is wrong with us?

Did we learn nothing from Fort Hood? (Apparently at CNN they did not.)

We send our men and women overseas armed to the teeth with miniature drones and smart rifles and stealth fighters and guided-missile destroyers and armored fighting vehicles.

And then we bring them home and we force them to disarm.

We learned on that September morning 12 years ago that the front line in this war isn’t over there, it’s over here.

Yet we insist — insist — on making our fighting men and women sitting ducks here at home. We ask them to defend us, but refuse to allow them to defend themselves. We treat them like criminals, or even worse, like residents of Chicago.

Twelve are dead today who shouldn’t be. And they must be the last who die this way, warriors unarmed.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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I take issue with your last paragraph. Eleven are dead who should not be, and there is one meatbag which is assuming room temperature which should be, even if its former inhabitant had shot at others but missed.

I believe we must resist this media tactic of lumping the perpetrator in with the victims when reporting on this incident, calling it "12 dead" because the shooter is dead, too.

It's time to start calling them out on it. This pathetic waste of skin engaged in a volitional act: attempting to murder numerous people. It succeeded in committing (at current count) eleven murders. That it was stopped by brave responders doesn't give it (from my view) the privilege to be counted among "the dead".

In my view, that thing forfeited its personhood when it went on a murderous rampage.
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Steve et al. . .

While the FORMAL policy dates back to the Clinton Administration, the de-facto policy goes back farther than that. I spent 5 1/2 years on active duty: in that time, I was OFFICIALLY armed for less than 12 hours of that time, other than annual weapons qualification (60 rounds).

For the vast majority of the Armed Forces who do NOT routinely use and carry rifles (i.e. deployed Infantry and Special Ops Troops), you rarely handle ANY weapon. I was Aircrew (B-52 Bombers), and even when flying near BadGuyLand, the pistols were in a lockbox.

Handgun proficiency requires regular and frequent practice: if you're not on the range for ~2 hours a week and at least 100 rounds, you're getting rusty.

That being said, I think we'd all be well served by EVERY service member spending at least 2 hours of work time a week on the pistol range, and at least two hours a month on the rifle range.

Let's put the ARMED back in Armed Forces. . . .
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Equality for all: disarm the Secret Service and the Capitol Security Force as well. See if they like it when they become the fish in barrell.
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I take issue with your last paragraph. Eleven are dead who should not be, and there is one meatbag which is assuming room temperature which should be, even if its former inhabitant had shot at others but missed.

I believe we must resist this media tactic of lumping the perpetrator in with the victims when reporting on this incident, calling it "12 dead" because the shooter is dead, too.

It's time to start calling them out on it. This pathetic waste of skin engaged in a volitional act: attempting to murder numerous people. It succeeded in committing (at current count) eleven murders. That it was stopped by brave responders doesn't give it (from my view) the privilege to be counted among "the dead".

In my view, that thing forfeited its personhood when it went on a murderous rampage.
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It's worth pointing out that the same problem is present when gun control supporters talk about 'gun-related deaths'. A good chunk of the deaths are criminals. IMHO, that should be counted as a positive good, or at least it should not be counted as a negative thing.
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Reports are that the gunman is the 13th dead. So the original paragraph is correct.
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I stand gratefully corrected.
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