But that doesn’t stop anyone calling local radio station 950 AM or its substitute host* (whose name I couldn’t find or figure out) from jumping to conclusions. The name of one shooter was released — Malik Nadal Hassan (a major) — and it’s off to the race accusations. One caller advocated that no Muslims should be allowed in the U.S. military. Another suggested that Muslims are more prone to believe propaganda. Yet another was so very angry that the President Obama went ahead with prepared remarks and his meeting with the President of Botswana just 20 minutes after the shooting happened (when most of the press pool didn’t even know about it) instead of getting on Air Force One and zipping down to Fort Hood. The substitute host jumped right in and made an analogy to former President Bush’s reaction to 9/11 (like a shooting on a military base is analogous to a plane flying into a skyscraper).
Speculation at this point is useless. (But I’m listening to Michael Berry doing that right now. Sheesh.)
I feel for the wounded and for their families and the families of those who died.
*And Michael Berry is the person in charge of who is on the air, so he is ultimately responsible.