We were told that Lopez had been diagnosed with PTSD, and was on a cocktail of meds. Yet he never saw combat, was in Iraq for only four months, never coming under fire, so the diagnosis of PTSD made no sense to me. Then there is this “The underlying medical conditions are not believed to be the precipitating event to the actual shooting,” Lt. Gen. Mark Milley told reporters at the base. “The precipitating event we think was probably this argument, some sort of argument that occurred.“
So, an argument is what may have ignited this situation?
Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Amy Criminal Investigation Command, said during the press conference the investigation into the shooting remained open. He said the precipitating verbal argument was with soldiers from Lopez’s unit and that some of the soldiers involved in the argument were victims.
He also said the shooting occurred at multiple locations and that Lopez drove in a vehicle shooting indiscriminately at other soldiers. “All evidence” points to Lopez acting alone, Grey said, but no possibility has been ruled out.
If Lopez, just lost it, and shot the men, from Lopez’s unit, why would he continue firing randomly apparently, wounding 16 and killing three? Sorry, I have to question what role his mental state, he had been diagnosed with PTSD yet, played. And yes, I certainly wonder if the meds he was taking were a large part of this.
On Thursday, Army Secretary John McHugh said during a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill that Lopez, who was an Army truck driver and had served in Iraq, was under medical treatment and had been prescribed several medications, including the sleep aid Ambien.
He was in the process of being potentially diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, but none of his doctors saw any warning signs in his most recent visits. “The plan forward was to just continue to monitor and treat him as deemed appropriate,” McHugh said.
Lots of questions are still to be answered. But Bob Owens makes a good point about how gun grabbers like Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action might be perfectly willing to use PTSD as a reason to disarm our vets
Likewise, it was known on the night of the shooting (April 2) that Ivan Lopez was a soldier that never saw combat. He served one four-month deployment to Iraq, and was never under fire. He was never wounded, and had not received a Purple Heart. He was being treated for anxiety and depression, neither of which were related to combat.
Nonetheless, Watts decided to smear every servicemen who actually saw the horrors of war and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Injuries, as part of an apparent anti-gun “long game” of smearing combat wounded veterans in order to disarm them.
She’s pushed this smear twice… and she’s probably not done.
First, Watts, posted this claim two days after it was known that Lopez was never diagnosed with PTS and had never seem combat.
Thanks to #NRA #FortHood officers couldn’t ask shooter w/PTSD about privately owned #guns http://t.co/4l2MRhFgGQ #momsdemand #gunsense— Shannon (@shannonrwatts) April 4, 2014
Something that has worried me since the Left began harping on “mental health” and background checks is how far they are willing to go to use mental health to bar some, especially vets, from firearm ownership. The goal of the Shannon Watts of America is, I believe, to disarm us by any means necessary. And smearing out vets, and using PTSD is apparently included in their campaign of misinformation.
Just as a side note. I do wonder what role psychiatric drugs play in mass shootings, and other violent crimes as well. I think we live in an over diagnosed, over medicated society. These drugs have their place, and many doctors are very responsible when prescribing them. But others are too quick to write a prescription, or two, or more. It is crucial that everyone, especially our vets get the help, whatever that is they need. And if it is a prescription drug, fine. But these drugs are, like many other things, can be dangerous if not prescribed, or taken, responsibly. I have seen people who take anti-depressants have drastic personality changes when they accidentally over-medicated themselves.
One last thing from Bob Owens, who like me, is a fierce defender of both our right to self-defense, and of our vets and military. You should read this about PTSD, it is important
J.R. Salzman, a world-class athlete, author, IED survivor with post-traumatic stress injuries, does a good job of describing what PTS really is… and it isn’t violent aggression.
Go READ THIS!