Investigative News, Stories and Education
Part I Why is he shooting at me?
by Tony Hubble
As a result of the recent school shootings I decided to recycle a blog I wrote after the VA Tech shootings in April 2007. I was simply going to repost it, but as I’m an ever evolving martial artist, I’ve learned some new things since then, so I’ve decided to dust it off and update it at the same time. The opening paragraphs were written in reference to the perpetrator of the VA Tech campus attacks, Seung-Hui Cho, so I’ve left some of those paragraphs alone. Additionally, the mental aspects of self defense remain germane. What I’ve added are some specific tactics. This is intended for those of the mind to defend themselves, should the need arise, regardless of the circumstance. Those who would not need no help from me. They can simply continue to roll the dice.
In trying to find the reasons for why this young man Seung-Hui Cho decided on one fine die to commit mass murder the media pundits are tripping all over themselves with explanations save for the obvious. In clinical terms, this guy was a few bricks shy of a load. The whys are fairly irrelevant. The ways to prevent a person's circuitry from going so far awry have too many factors to even consider and they are ALL out of the control of everyone he killed. Some of the people he killed may have not even known him; much less that he was a ticking time bomb.
The pundits regurgitate past tragedies, point at commonalities and try to alarm the general public again about the easy availability of guns and whether or not this kind of tragedy is on the rise. Don't fall for this tactic. They're trying to SELL news by sensationalizing it. It does not help the victims or their families of this attack, but the fact is, by pure mathematical statistics this is still a relatively rare crime.
They analyze the young man's past behavior and who may have been able to prevent it or report him to some authority or "expert" who could have helped him before he snapped. There were obvious indicators, but only relevant with the benefit of the crystal clear vision of hindsight.
"He was a fan of 'First Person Shooter' video games video games," they say and point to the “obvious” dangers of children and young adults playing these obsessively to later act them out in real life.
Want to know who in my unqualified opinion would do this? That's right, a nutcase. I'm not a fan of these games but there are however thousands of children and even adults of ALL ages who play them without any intention of carrying out these deeds in real life. They are in touch with reality and can make the distinction between a game and real life.
Then there's the ease with which we can obtain guns in this country. Well I say thank God for that! I was raised in Puerto Rico, a US territory with some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Care to guess what the gun related crime rate in the island is? You don't have to, it's staggering. Criminals can get a gun easily and what's more, the restrictive laws make criminals out of law abiding citizens who own illegal weapons because they'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.
The point I'm trying to make is very few people had the required knowledge and tools to detect this whacko's intent BEFORE he began his killing spree. There was not much that could have been done. Particularly by the people he killed who had no idea who he was.
However, in the midst of the attack, there were many things that could have been done. I'm not sitting in judgment of the people who fled a psycho with guns blazing. I'm not questioning their courage for one simple reason. They did not have the mental tools to deal with this incongruous act. It was so far out of their frame of reference that they simply reacted as normal people unaccustomed to violence will react. They will waste precious seconds reacting (or NOT reacting) to the seemingly surreal events unfolding before their eyes.
Most people would say there was nothing the victims could have done. That once Cho entered the building their fate was sealed and it would be just a matter of dumb luck, karma or even a miracle if they survived the attack.
There were, and are, several things that could have been done. They all mostly have to do with your mental state in preparation before an attack like this should occur and even after the attacks begin. Conversely there are only three things will contribute to your being a sheep waiting for the slaughter and probably contributed to the deaths of the vast majority of the victims of this tragedy: denial, psychological fear and apathy. I don't want this blog to be one of those enormous scroll-down pages most people like to dismiss and move on. The message is too important. Therefore, I’ve written it in four parts. The specifics I will outline not only have relevance in a mass shooting, they apply universally to all violent attacks.
WTH! Those aren't My Panties
by Shelly Cloud
So, you found a pair of panties in the glove-box of your car. They aren’t yours, they’re not your style, they’re too small etc…. either your husband is having an affair or….they are his panties. Either way, you want to know. Are you ready to open that can of worms? Are you ready for the answer?
Shelly,Got your info from Art Sloane.Trying to find a Pxxxx X. Morales. He was a draftee stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky in 72-73. He was from the Los Angeles, California area.That is all the info I have. think you can help me?Thanks!
Mr. Hughey,I hope this is the Pxxxx Morales you are looking for. As I stated in the earlier email, their are no other names or information matching who you were looking for. I was not able to pull up any information connecting him with the military, but that could be for many reasons. His data could have been missed in putting the info into a computer, or files were destroyed, etc.So, here is the info I can find on Pxxxx X Morales (dates in parenthesis shows time frame of residence at address) Please let me know how things go. Would love to hear the story and pray that it is a positive one.840 E XXXXXXXXXXXX, AZUSA, CA 91702-2605 (LOS ANGELES COUNTY) (10/2008 to 03/02/2015)The phone numbers I found are not 100% positive feedback. But I will give them to you just in case they are Pxxxx's.(626) xxx-xxxx (98%)
(626) xxx-xxxx (98%)The address he is listed at is a mobile home park.Here is the number to the office: I called and verified this one is correct.
- (626) xxx-xxxx - XXXXXXX VISTA MOBILE PK
I found an email, but am not sure how old it is. People go through emails quite fast :)
Good Luck in your reunion!Shelly Cloud
Hi Shelly, I read in the news paper Veterans Voice that you are able to locate veterans. Several years ago I found a ring that once belonged to a WW 2 veteran and have tried several ways to locate family members to return the ring to them. The ring appears to be of Army emblem and inscribed inside is " Sgt S Kapture, ASN 20632280 with the date of 1/1/1943".
Also I have a medical ID bracelet, U.S. Navy inscribed H. C. Sullivan, 377 40 32, USN FL T. that I would like to return to the family.
If it helps any these items were found while fishing in the Jacksonville, FL area in late 1980's.
I would appreciate any assistance you could provide on either item.
This is what I found for him, my email dated February 23, 2015:Howard Lauer, USAF, Ret
- Service Number:
He was born in 1918, had only one year of high school, no spouse or children. He lived with his stepdad and mother, brother and sister. I looked for the sister as she was the younger of the two. Her married name was Helenxxxxx. She died Oct 17, 1997. I found who I believe is her son. His information is provided below.
XXXXXXXXXXX, CLIO, MI 48420-9766 (GENESEE COUNTY) (07/1985 to Present)
- Possible Phones
- (810) XXX-XXXX
Dear Shelly, after years of searching, my son found the ring in Jacksonville Florida while casting his shrimp net in 1988, you were able to provide me with the information I needed. I was reading an article in the Surprise AZ Community news written by Mr. Art Sloane in which he mentioned that you were able to locate a friend of his in a very short time. He put you're contact information in the article. I had tried numerous veteran units organizations to track the owner of the ring without any results. I have also posted information about the ring on face book and other media contacts without results.
I thought to myself what have I got to loose and provided you with the same information that I had provided others. Within a few days you came with up all the information on the veteran in question to include the site of his burial in Italy. Just today I was able to speak to the nephew of the veteran, who himself is 74 years of age, that has a picture of his uncle hold him when he was a baby. He and his brother never knew where or when their uncle had died. I could tell when speaking to him that it brought a little closure to that part of their family history. I am mailing the ring along with the information you provided to me to the nephew in Clio MI on March 9, 2015.
This brings closure to me also. Knowing that the ring will come to rest with the family members of the WW 2 Veteran. I cannot thank you enough for you're research which came so I can complete a mission of many, many years, that mission was for the return of the ring.
I received a call last week from a Flint, Michigan reporter. They got a hold of the information about the ring and wrote up a little piece. My name is wrong, but you get the gist :)I remain ever thankful, Howard F Lauer, MSgt USAF, Ret.
World War II veteran's ring netted in Florida river makes it home to Flint-area family after decades-long search
I was invited to participate in the Arizona Military Standdown Event in Phoenix, AZ.