Posted by: rbbadger | November 9, 2009

Thoughts on Fort Hood

This week, we heard the terrible news out of Fort Hood in Texas about the shootings there.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families. 

Unfortunately, I’ve been through similar experiences as my uncle, whom I looked up to, was killed in a similar fashion in 1995 at Fort Bragg, NC.  As I watched the news reports on KBS at work, I thought that it just had to be a deranged soldier, one not unlike the man who killed my uncle.  I was very, very shocked when I saw that it was an officer and a doctor whose specialty was psychiatry. 

Much more will come out, I’m sure, in the days and weeks ahead.  I only hope that the prosecution handles this case well.  In the case of my uncle, an Army appeals court gave his murderer a new trial because his defense team was denied the right to have a “mitigation specialist”.  Apparently, his defense team had no real prior experience in capital cases so they felt unable to introduce all sorts of mitigating circumstances.  Thankfully, though, my uncle’s murderer did eventually plead guilty and spared my aunt and my cousins, her stepchildren, from having to go through the trial all over again. 

Were it not for quick thinking and action on the part of some soldiers at Fort Hood as well as a police officer in the area, things could have been much, much worse.  You can read about some of the heroes by clicking here.

My thoughts and prayers are very much with the families.  It is a sad and tragic thing.  May those who died, rest in peace.

Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem: exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis caro veniet.  Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Rest eternal, grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  A hymn becometh thee, O God, in Zion, and a vow shall be paid unto thee in Jerusalem.  Hear thou my prayer, all flesh shall come unto thee.  Rest eternal, grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 



  1. It is sad. That’s exactly what I thought of when I saw that bit of news. I’m sad for all those families. It’s just dumb that people have to be so dumb.

  2. I am sorry to hear about your uncle. And my condolence to the families of the soldiers who were killed at Fort Hood. May them rest in peace.

  3. As a distant member of the Badger family, this event also reminded me of Stephen. My thoughts and prayers also go to the families of those that lost sons and daughters to this tragic event. It is difficult to think that one of our own turned on his fellow brothers and sisters in arms.

    It will be interesting to see how this turns out in the court system. Can a psychiatrist claim in insanity?

    • Thank you so very much for the comment! Yes, this shooting brought back so many unfortunate memories.

      Generally, any claim for insanity has to be proven. The standard is much tougher in military courts than in regular civilian courts. The man who shot my uncle was found guilty, despite a whole host of extenuating circumstances that might have gotten him committed to a psych ward in a civilian court rather than sentenced to prison.

  4. This entire situation is quite sad, and one of the rumors surrounding the news coverage was a possible connection to Guy Fawkes Day. I wrote about it on my blog,

    • Having had an uncle who died in a similar fashion as those at Fort Hood did, I am very senstitive to these sorts of things. It is so sad.

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