Uncut: Time now for Fort Hood victims to be heard



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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

We're still some time away from a trial for the suspected shooter in the Fort Hood attack, but developments this week are keeping it in the public eye.

It's this week's Uncut commentary.

It's been three years since 13 people were killed and 32 wounded in Central Texas.

This week, an appeals court ruled the accused shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, must shave for his trial. He calls it a violation of his religious convictions.

Interesting, since those convictions haven't changed since the day of the shooting. And on that day, Major Hasan had no beard.

As a matter of fact, if he is so committed to what happened that day and his alleged role in it, I wonder why his plea to the court is not guilty. I would think a committed martyr would want the world to know of his beliefs.

But he's not the only problem in this.

I spoke last night to one of the people wounded that day, Alonzo Lunsford. He wants the federal government to change the designation of what happened at Fort Hood from "workplace violence" to an act of terrorism.

Clearly, terrorism is what this was -- just terrorism committed within our borders.

And Lunsford said the government knows it. He told me the Army's own level-one terror training course now includes the Fort Hood tragedy.

A change in designation would bring, among other things, better benefits for some of the wounded.

It's bad enough this happened, but it's about time all the victims started getting some justice.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.