Why do people gotta go crazy and shoot people?
On my previous post, Googleshng had a comment about the Fort Hood shooting:
...what was with the crazy terrorism angle getting covered ALL DAY by the news networks there? People don't need crazy conspiracy theories when people snap and shoot up post offices or high schools, and I would kinda think spending a few months talking to people who had limbs blown off then being told you had to go where they all just came from is at LEAST a good enough reason to lose it as the other kids at school never talking to you.
Oh, but people DO come up with conspiracy theories to explain shootings of post offices and high schools. Remember how DOOM was responsible for Columbine? People are desperate to believe there's a pattern or a greater meaning in these tragedies, or at least a group they can blame for it. Anything to avoid facing the fact that formerly sane human beings are capable of committing such great evil of their own free will.
Somebody I know at work said in response to the shooting: "That's the problem with the Army: everybody has guns." I couldn't tell whether he was being sarcastic or profound.
When I first heard about the shooting, when nobody knew who did it yet, I remember thinking "Please don't let it be a Muslim, please don't... oh crap." I knew that people were going to play this up into a whole new round of Muslim-bashing. And now that's just what they're doing.
The fact that a the shooter was a Muslim shouldn't be used as "proof" that all Muslims are dangerous any more than the fact that the Columbine shooters were high-school students should be used as "proof" that all high-schoolers are dangerous.
I am really curious why nobody at Fort Hood seems to have caught the many warning signs about Nidal Hasan. Apparently he was known for giving scary fundamentalist rants in public about how those who don't believe in the Koran should have their throats cut and be set on fire. And nobody saw this as a problem? WTF?
Like I said, most Muslims are not scary extremists and you shouldn't stereotype them as such. But when there's such clear evidence that this particular Muslim, Nidal Hasan, actually is a scary extremist, then maybe you should consider, like, not giving him guns.