My Buddy Elliott the Usher
I’m getting packed for my trip out to California, need to get some things together and leave in a couple of hours. I saw Elliott the Usher and a couple other friends from Harbor Park at Baseball Card show not far from my home. It was my first time to go and I was blow away by the stuff there. It took me down memory lane.
Emotionally I’m still trying to sort out the Fort Hood attack and pray that the shooter, Major Hasan will cooperate with investigators. I am hoping and praying it was an isolated incident and not something more insidious. However, it makes me wonder about safety on bases if someone like Major Hasan, or heck, someone just pissed at the military or the medical system after returning from war goes off. There are a good number of people that I have had to deal with who not only have had suicidal thoughts and plans, but also homicidal ones, and none of them are Moslem. Almost all had access to means to accomplish their plans and were suffering from severe PTSD or other trauma. A few years ago while at Camp Lejuene as the duty Chaplain I was called to a house on base where a Staff NCO was threatening to kill himself and his wife. The MPs had the place surrounded. The individual would only talk to a chaplain so I got to go in and talk him down. He had a Glock which he surrendered to me and then let EMS take him to the ER for a psychological evaluation. The guy was a mess from deployment after deployment and this was just as the present war was beginning. We have a decent number of folks who are on the edge, and I’m sure there are others like Major Hasan who may have religious and ideological motives for what they do.
Anyway, pray for all concerned and for our Nation and its leaders.