Thursday, April 3, 2014

Another shooting in a gun-free zone

Here's a chart showing U.S. defense spending relative to that of other nations. 



Here's one of those cartogram things showing U.S. defense spending relative to our space on the globe. 



Here's a pie chart showing U.S. defense spending as a total of all discretionary spending. 



Go here to read an account of THE SECOND mass shooting at Fort Hood, Oklahoma.  Fort Hood is one of the largest U.S. Army bases.  This time the gunman killed 3 people and wounded 16 others. 

Look at the spending.  Read the account of the shooting.  The victims were having to call 911 (the emergency police number in the U.S.) to get help.  On a military base

Does this make any sense at all?  I hate that these innocent people lost their lives.  I'm not making light of this tragedy. 

But if they aren't allowed to protect themselves, what the hell are they doing for us?  Am I missing something? 




 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fort Hood is in Texas, not Oklahoma.

WhiteKnight said...

You noted the percentage of discretionary spending used on national defense.

The appearance of your article is of the kind usually adopted by people who are anti-military and want to call for reduced defense budgets.

I might note that discretionary spending currently makes up not quite 40% of the budget.