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War in the United States: 4 Marines Killed on the Home-front

I am at the library right now and just came across a news article that simply makes me sick to my stomach.

Shootings at Chattanooga military facilities leave 4 Marines, gunman dead

A gunman decided to go to a National Guard office, and then to a Naval Reserve Center, both in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and used a high-powered rifle to fire into these military offices at approximately 11 a.m. ET.

Though not officially yet named, the suspected gunman is 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

This hits home for me as a military veteran on so many levels. I have known so many reservists and recruiters in my lifetime. It could have been me or anyone of my military friends, or students I have had, who serve in uniform.

It is one thing to be deployed during a war. We know the risks we take when we take the oath of enlistment.

"...to defend...against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

We simply never expect that we not be able to defend ourselves from an enemy in a car in the parking lot in a home town office.

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MegL wrote on July 16, 2015, 5:22 PM

It's very sad. I am sorry for the families of the dead and hope anyone injured recovers quickly.

morilla wrote on July 16, 2015, 9:05 PM

Unfortunately, I think we can expect more of this type of thing in the future. So far, the media still hasn't nailed down whether he was an U.S. or Kuwaiti citizen; though he's believed to have been born in Kuwait. One report indicates he was supposedly booked for DUI in April. It's always interesting that they are more than willing to take on unarmed civilians and unarmed military personnel, but if the objective of 'terrorism' is to 'terrorize,' it shouldn't be a surprise. If it was 'retribution' for the arrest, then he picked the wrong target as recruiters/reservists weren't the ones who arrested him; i.e., the one report I saw says that 'authorities' haven't decided whether this was 'terrorism' or simply an act of 'violence.' (Ostensibly, they are treating it as an act of domestic terrorism, but are unsure of a motive.) Of course, the media and the politicians are bringing out the rhetoric, speculating on as many possibilities as they can imagine, demanding action (after the 'action' is done), etc.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 16, 2015, 11:56 PM

Very sad, my thoughts are with the families. Glad they got him fairly quickly

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 1:05 AM

MegL It is sad. I haven't yet gone to read more about the case. It's been eating at me all day.

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 1:11 AM

morilla I tend to agree with you.
I do not believe that all who are named as he, or those who are presumably Muslim, are going to terrorize. We have come to a point, however, in this country that immigration has been so open, and we have changed requirements of those who decide to call this their country, than that which we required a century ago. We have become so intent on preserving other cultures, that the "culture" of those pioneers that believed in a new dream and freedom when they expatriated to come to America has been lost.

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 1:11 AM

I just wish we could have taken him alive.

morilla wrote on July 17, 2015, 3:12 AM

There is a difference between an America with members from diverse backgrounds and a diverse America. Liberals don't seem to grasp that difference. So long as we are all Americans - first - and pay homage to a prior culture second, we'll be fine. It's when our primary allegiance is to something else that we drift into trouble. In that sense, most immigrants used to be desirous of becoming "American," appreciated what it represented, and assimilated readily. Unfortunately, too many are now coming and being taught that where they came from is 'more important' than where they now are.

How much of that would apply to this particular individual is open to question. Reports indicate the family is devoutly religious (Islam). If he was 24 and came to the U.S. in 1996, that would mean he came here at the age of 5 or 6 or thereabouts. By all accounts, he was seen as a nice guy who had been a wrestler and had worked his way through to an engineering degree. In other words, in some respects, it sounds like an average kid who happened to emigrate from Kuwait at a relatively early age.

In some respects, it was fortunate that he chose to do this in Tennessee; what Mark Wahlberg's character dubbed "the patron State of shooting stuff" in his film Shooter . Thus, the police were on him in minutes and at least one report indicates a Marine managed to shoot back with his own, personal weapon. (Though it is also relevant to note that, once again, at least one of the locations was a 'gun free zone;' i.e., most of these incidents seem to be occurring in locations where firearms are strictly controlled or prohibited.) So, brace yourself for yet more rounds of back and forth about "guns" and our culture. In other words, how our culture may have contributed to this versus how his previous culture may have contributed versus radicalization versus...???

Paulie wrote on July 17, 2015, 4:07 AM

This is a shame that defenseless Marines were killed by probably an ISIS symphathizer.

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 6:09 AM

I appreciate your sharing more of this story here. I have been unable to bring myself to read more of the story. This one has affected me to the core. I have stayed away from the news today, after my visit to the library. It is now 3:10 a.m. and I cannot sleep. emoticon :sad:

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 6:10 AM

It is a shame that defenseless persons anywhere must be killed by nutcases from any group.

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 9:38 AM

I just watched a lot of the coverage. It does seem that in the last couple of years, he went back to the Middle East for an extended period of time. I'm sure that will be investigated thoroughly. He also has been looked at from a few blog messages he posted. Who knows all that is underlying in the case? It will begin to come out.

AliCanary wrote on July 18, 2015, 3:19 PM

Sigh. Just as in Fort Hood, this kind of attack belies the assertion made by gun lobbyists that having armed (and trained) people around will keep things safer. No one, not even military personnel, expects this kind of sick, hateful violence.

CoralLevang wrote on July 18, 2015, 4:34 PM

Sick and hateful, indeed. And now another has died.