Monday, August 22, 2005
This Just In: Service in the U.S. Military is better training for killing than Grand Theft Auto! Be sure to sign up you kids!
In Lawrence, Massachusetts, Daniel Cotnoir, former “Marine of the Year,”and recently home from Iraq decided to shoot a shotgun into a crowd. Just before 3 a.m. on August 13, Cotnoir pointed a 12-gauge shotgun out his second-floor window and fired a single shot into a crowd of noisy revelers leaving a nightclub and a nearby restaurant.
Eric Rudolph, another former member of the U.S. Military. Last month, Rudolph was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in connection with the January 1998 bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, of the New Woman All Women clinic, which performs abortions. The blast killed off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson and maimed a nurse, Emily Lyons. Rudolph also set off a bomb in a crowded downtown park during a late-night concert during the 1996 Olympics. Rudolph has also admitted bombing Northside Family Planning Services, a clinic in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs in January 1997; and, a month later, a gay nightclub, the Otherside Lounge, in Atlanta. Eleven people were wounded in those attacks.
Timothy McVeigh, who admitted setting the bomb that killed 168 people in the Oklahoma City federal building is also a former member of the U.S. Military. He attended the local public high school and after graduating joined the U.S. Army. McVeigh was a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Gulf War, where he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal.
Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh’s accomplice is another former member of the U.S. military.
John Allen Muhammad, the D.C. sniper, is a U.S. Army veteran of the Gulf War. In the Army, Muhammad was trained as a mechanic, truck driver and specialist metalworker. He qualified as an expert with the M-16, the Army's standard infantry rifle. This rating is the Army's highest of three levels of marksmanship for a typical soldier. To receive an expert badge for the M-16, Muhammad would have had to hit 36 out of 40 targets, ranging from 50 to 300 meters during his yearly qualification on the M-16. The Bushmaster, allegedly used to commit the shootings, is a civilian version of the M-16. John Allen Muhammed then used his military training to kill -10 and wound three — all were hit by a single .223-caliber shot.
Makes you really glad that George W. Bush cut funding for Veterans mental health care right?