posted on Mar, 16 2012 @ 11:34 AM
reply to post by THE_PROFESSIONAL
Mr.P, as much as I respect your attitude I have no doubt this man will serve a prison sentence in both his mInd as well as his judicial
I would like to take you on a short history/medical excursion. In the 1960's a young man in Texas climbed a clock tower and shot many innocent
students. Big, cornfed, apple pie looking kid that had been a Boy Scout & did one, non-combat tour of duty. He'd also shot his sleeping mother and
her best friend.
Battle Shock is not a term born even in this century. Soldiers have been killing people they are supposed to protect as long as there have been
There is your history lesson. The medical one will be short and sweet.
At the base of every mammalian brain is this thing called an Amygdala (ah-mig-dah-la). Think of it this way: if a slobbering, snarling tiger were to
jump out from the nearest door way and start running full steam at YOU. You would have two responses; Run screaming like a little girl, or charge
forward and roar like the competitive animal you are. The Amygdala is responsible to that physiological response.
Summary: the young man in Texas had a tumor attached to his Amygdala. Combat Vets have what has been described, ad nauseum, as PTSD. It does not
negate determining the difference between right and wrong. I am sure he knows that clearly enough. But in 3 tours in Iraq fighting and to suddenly
need to be defending. He lost his reasoning. If you've ever been in a building where construction was going on in the area above you, hammers,
electrical buzzes, and muffled voices. Or seen a shadow move from the corner of your eye. That is similar. But that thing at the corner of your eye is
that slavering tiger, waiting for you to forget its there...
I have PTSD. What he did was wrong. He is the only one to blame. He will probably hang. But PTSD is very real. I believe he has it.