How Fort Hood’s response time stacks up to cities in the US.
When Lt General Mark A. Milley revealed the response time of Military Police to the shooter at Fort Hood as 15-20 minute at a news conference last night , it was a sit-up-straight-mouth-agape-moment. I wrote about it here last night.
Fifteen MINUTES for an ACTIVE SHOOTER? Fifteen minutes to stop a man with a gun predating upon our finest and best trained warriors without anyone to stop him? Fifteen?
Fort Hood, Texas is BIG. It’s a military reservation of about 45,000 people on 335 square miles “deep in the heart of Texas.” It’s a vast area for MP’s to cover which is just another reason why the trained soldiers who call Fort Hood their temporary home should be able to carry weapons.
Here’s how that 15-20 response time compares with other cities. When the times have a wide variance because police agencies lump high priority with low priority calls, I give you a range.
Houston Code 1’s (of which an active shooter surely would be one): 3.5 to 5.5 minutes.
The other salient fact is the average time a perpetrator stays in contact with a victim. The answer to that is about 75 seconds.
The old saw goes: when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. It’s not their fault. They have to react, prioritize and respond. Until they get there, you’re on your own. And so are our soldiers. It’s a travesty.
Commanding General confirms that’s how long it took for Military Police to get to scene of shooting
Another shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. 14 16 people were shot, three innocents killed and the shooter committed suicide. The killer reportedly carried a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol. He was able to carry it on post, but no one else except MP’s had guns to shoot back. Unbelievable. Haven’t we learned anything after this and the Naval Shipyard shooting?
Lt. General Mark A. Milley, who answered questions at a news conference tonight, said the MP’s response time was 15 minutes. In any city in an active shooter situation, a 15 minute response time would be considered horrible. Our soldiers deserve better.
A 15 minute response time meant there was nearly one death for every minute of delay. Would that have changed if soldiers were allowed to carry on post? Yes.
The general said the gunman began shooting in a building near medical facilities on post, got into a vehicle and fired his weapon as he tried to get away. According to investigators, he then stopped again, started shooting, and that’s when MP’s engaged him. The gunman shot himself.
General Milley said the gunman, who was not identified at the news conference, was married with a family but suffered from psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety. He was being analyzed for possible Post Traumatic Stress but had not been officially diagnosed with PTS. He was on medication for depression and anxiety. He had been at Fort Hood only since February. He served for four months in Iraq in 2011 and was not wounded in battle but was said to have suffered some sort of head injury at some point in his military career.
Milley said he didn’t think soldiers should carry loaded weapons on post. I’m sure he believes he’s right, but two shootings on post prove him wrong.
It’s a non sequitur, but in the midst of the Fort Hood shooting the leftists just can’t seem to stop themselves.
And just who is M Jay Rosenberg? Oh, he’s an Obamabot, writer for HuffPo and Media Matters.
Here’s his bio,
“M.J. Rosenberg is Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill for various Democratic members of the House and Senate for 15 years. He was also a Clinton political appointee at USAID. In the early 1980s, he was editor of AIPACs weekly newsletter Near East Report. From 1998-2009, he was director of policy at Israel Policy Forum.”