Controversial nut-job minister, Fred Phelps from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas told anyone who would listen to his disturbing rant on YouTube that “the shooter was sent by God.” These Westboro Church leaders are equally as guilty as the “shooter” who took his anger out on innocent folks gathering to meet their Congresswoman last Saturday.
The facts first, Jared Loughner was a lone shooter operating on a limited mental capacity who killed six and injured 11 others. His killing swathe included a federal judge, clergy member, Republican, Democrat and a nine-year-old child.
A motive for the killing still has not been established, leading one to believe his psychological mind-set was teetering between the “real world” and his “made-up world fantasies.”
Not surprisingly the media has jumped into full-spin mode and have blamed Republicans and Democrats- neither are at fault, but that doesn’t sell newspapers.
Of course the mainstream media wanted to pin it on the military. The first two days after the massacre media speculation tagged Loughner as an Afghanistan War Veteran gone awry. That announcement proved false once the Army released a statement saying he applied three years ago and was turned away when he failed a drug test.
Ironically the doctor that is credited for saving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) life is an Afghan/Iraq War Veteran.
“There’s no doubt that I was in the Navy 24 years, and I trained to do nothing but battlefield casualty care,” says Dr. Peter Rhee. “When I did go to Afghanistan and Iraq, I wasn’t in a hospital. I was in very forward surgical units, so I was very accustomed to working with very little gear and people and personnel, very little resources, with wounds that are very different than civilian injuries,” Rhee explained. “Did it prepare me? I would say of course it did. And that makes it so that when we have a mass casualty of 11 people here, it’s really not as bad as it can get.”
Dr. Rhee began his battleground career in 2001 and treated “hundreds and hundreds” when he was deployed to Camp Rhino in Afghanistan. He later returned to the war zone in 2005, serving in Iraq.
“This (multiple shooting) doesn’t compare,” Rhee said. “This is not really a mass casualty. I have all the gear and people I could possibly want. This is luxury for me. This trauma center, this is about as good as it gets.”
Dr. Rhee said today that he was given the full services of the military, and the doctor took advantage of the offer by flying in two other Middle East War Veterans.
Rhee referred to the military trauma and neurological doctors as “world famous people…their Iraq War experience with penetrating trauma,” help saved Giffords’ life.
However, the two military doctors told reporters that it was Dr. Rhee who saved the Congresswoman’s life.
There are many heroes in the sunny Saturday morning massacre in Tucson, Arizona. An elderly husband covered his wife, shielding her while he perished. A 20-year-old congressional intern held his boss’s head upright and kept pressure on her wounds until EMS arrived. After Giffords was taken away he turned to help others at the chaotic scene.