I wrote a post back in April of 2014, after the attack on Fort Hood took place. I was incredibly angry over the response from those on the left side of the aisle, constantly blaming PTSD for the actions of Ivan Lopez. Below is an excerpt of that blog post:
“I’ve always hated the labels that redirect the responsibility of misdeeds from individual accountability to life circumstance. Sure we all go through struggles, but why does society categorize those who struggle as individuals who somehow deserve a permission slip?
She had a child out of wedlock at 16 – Yeah, but she has Daddy issues….
He’s a drug addict – Yeah, but he didn’t have many friends…
She sleeps around – Yeah, but she’s a child of divorce…
He’s a rapist – Yeah, but he was sexually abused…
I’ve known many wonderful and strong people who have overcome much, and they know the statistics and refuse to be a part of the social expectations. They may struggle emotionally, but they’re determined not to let their suffering victimize someone else. I’ve also known many who let the social expectations dictate their life, it’s like having lifetime subscriptions to “but” and “because” for them. Those who are responsible shouldn’t feel like they have to prove their responsibility to the world because society tells them that their circumstances put them in the negative to begin with. Everyone is responsible for their own life. Which brings me to the meat of this blog post:
First and foremost, my heart goes out to those in Fort Hood. I’m heartbroken for the families who lost a loved one, those who are recovering in the hospital, as well as all of the families who experienced the terror of those life altering moments. Last Wednesday, we all watched the horror unfold like an all too common rerun of a horrific movie, the sudden stab of its reality reoccurring in our minds for days.
We are human, when such acts of horror invade our world like an unexpected enemy, our first response is always to question “why?”. Closure becomes the holy grail of healing. We want to know what would cause someone to do such a thing, we want to know how we can prevent such acts from occurring. In some small way, leaving the act so fully unjustifiable seems to prove the existence of unmitigated evil in its darkest form. If we can just get a grasp of the underlying situation we’ll feel a little safer, right? How do you stop someone from wanting to hurt innocent people? Could this particular attack be stopped? How can we make sure that this doesn’t happen again? How can we keep a wife from having to pick out a casket because a madman snapped?
Answer: We can’t. Period.
The sooner we accept this scary reality, the sooner we can make improvements that increase our ability to protect ourselves and our families.
Upon turning on the news this weekend I heard the term “PTSD” used roughly 10 times in 30 minutes by three different stations. I believe that doing so can be both unintentionally harmful, and sometimes meticulously orchestrated, depending upon the deliverer of said news reports.
In an effort to answer the “why?” we’ve placed millions of people who suffer from PTSD in a category labeled “Unstable.” Millions of abuse victims, dedicated soldiers, missionaries, car wreck survivors, etc., suffer from PTSD every day, and they aren’t dangerous or unstable. They’re victims of circumstance, but they know they are responsible for their own actions.
Our soldiers are heroes overseas, yet suddenly untrustworthy with a weapon on U.S. soil. We’ll send them to fight for our rights, but then question their own rights when they simply ask for help. When we blame PTSD, we discourage our heroes from getting help. In blaming PTSD, we also tell them that they’re not responsible for their actions, and we fail the very people who fight for us. Many feel out of control, and so we reiterate to them that they are out of control by placing their decision making process fully in the hands of an anxiety disorder.
So, to make this perfectly clear:
PTSD did not go on a shooting spree. Ivan Lopez went on a shooting spree.
A gun did not go on a shooting spree. Ivan Lopez went on a shooting spree.
Millions of people suffering from PTSD daily did not go on a shooting spree, nor will they. Ivan Lopez went on a shooting spree.”
Now to discuss Sarah Palin and her comments in regards to her son:
Allegedly, Track Palin was arrested after punching his girlfriend in the face, and it’s also alleged that a firearm was involved. However, I’m not going to go into detail on any reports on the attack, but instead focus on Sarah’s response:
“I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room because my own family going through what we’re going through today with my son, a combat vet … like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened,” Palin said. “They come back wondering if there is that respect for what their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to the country.”
Without specifically mentioning the arrest, Palin said she was speaking “personally” when she described soldiers “who come home from the battlefield bringing new battles with them (and) coming back different than when they left for the war zone.”
“When my own son is going through what he goes though coming back, I can certainly relate to other families who feel these ramifications of PTSD … our soldiers do return with,” she added. “And it makes me realize more than ever it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we have a commander-in-chief who will respect them.”
She accused President Obama of failing to provide vets with adequate care.
“They have to question if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top,” she said. “The question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America?'”
I found myself at odds with the left in 2014, and now I find myself at odds with someone on my own side – supposedly – for doing the exact same thing. Now, I’m not about blaming parents for the actions of their offspring, because I know that the best parents in the world can have a problem child, so I won’t go there. However, Sarah Palin’s PTSD blaming gives those on the left a pedestal for which to preach on against the ownership of weapons by those who have been through emotionally trying times… So, basically every returning soldier. It gives value to the ridiculous claims of gun-control activists, it hands them an argument on a silver platter.
So since we’re keeping score here, not only did Sarah take the spotlight off of the newest Hillary news, and endorse a big government politician, she also gave gun-control activists ammunition against our veterans.
You’re having a swell week there, Judas.
As the daughter of a 30 year veteran with numerous deployments under his belt, I take serious issue with this vilification. Why should my Dad, as a former soldier, bear the burden of being put in the “unstable” bucket with Sarah’s obnoxious son who made the choice to punch his girlfriend? Millions of veterans control their anxiety daily, they live healthy lives, they treat women with respect, and they would never blame their choices on PTSD.
So, Sarah, just to reiterate, PTSD didn’t hit your son’s girlfriend, your son hit his girlfriend. President Obama did not hit your son’s girlfriend, your son hit his girlfriend. Millions of soldiers who suffer from PTSD did not hit their significant others, your son hit his significant other. Stop trying to excuse his horrific behavior.