09/16/2013 by syrbal-labrys
Another Monday. Another shooting. And suddenly, a few of the more conscious folks in the country might be realizing there could be something scarier than foreign terrorists — there might be perfectly every day Americans capable of suddenly committing murder! For the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard was carried out by one (if not two) ordinary Americans. One served in the Naval Reserve, and is said to have helped rescue his fellow citizens on 9-11. He is dead, we cannot ask him his reasoning. His friends don’t understand what could have happened.
So, to hear the news people saying things like “Well, his mother said he suffered PTSD from helping rescue people on 9-11, and he said he had PTSD…that’s HIS story,”….that rather tries to skirt the issue, doesn’t it? Right, gee, let’s not even consider facing the idea that we could have tens of thousands of veterans running around the nation primed to erupt in murder. Let’s keep sweeping the suffering and life disarray under the carpet of notice. Let’s keep sending young Americans into impossible situations and then ignore them as their lives fall apart. Let’s not admit it might be time to confront the seemingly unending costs of war…no, instead, let’s hurry and call the dead shooter a “loner”, ok?
Psssst…nothing makes a loner of you faster than a case of PTSD. Just saying.