Today in class we had a moment of silence for the dead and wounded at Ft. Hood. The students asked me what had happened there.... and I responded that it appears a nut job major had opened fire and killed a dozen people and wounded about thirty more.
The students asked how could one whacko take out so many soldiers..... and I told them the base commander had standing orders that soldiers on base were to be unarmed and defenseless from attack. The immediate, unsolicited, and very loud consensus of the students was that such a policy is criminally insane. I will not repeat what the students thought should happen to the base commander for his punishment. I had to admonish the students on their choice of words and somewhat creatively violent outlook towards the man.