Killeen mayor mad “that people’s lives are being taken away”

Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin speaks to the media Thursday morning (Daniel Guerrero/KXAN)
Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin speaks to the media Thursday morning (Daniel Guerrero/KXAN)

KILLEEN, Texas (KXAN) –  Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said his initial reaction to the shootings at Fort Hood Wednesday afternoon was anger.  It reminded him of the attacks at the post five years ago when former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 30 soldiers.

“It makes me mad that people’s lives are being taken away by people who have no respect for human life,” said Corbin.

He said whenever he hears about school shootings or any type of mass shooting it brings anger.

“This happens all over the United States and all over the world, it’s not unique to Fort Hood,” he said. “It just seems like it’s sadder when it happens here because these guys have been to war and come back and then get killed.”

The mayor said after the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, the City of Killeen and Fort Hood put plans in place to work together during emergencies so that they could deploy forces when needed.

“We train for these things jointly with Fort Hood, so we were ready to respond in whatever way was needed,” said Corbin.

Keeping the post secure from future threats will continue to be a challenge though.

“Tens of thousands of cars come in and out of these entry points at Fort Hood everyday,” said Corbin.”Logistically it would be impossible to do a detailed search on every single one of these vehicles to ensure that nobody was bringing a gun.

“Are we going to search every one of their homes to make sure there’s no gun in there?” he added.  “I don’t think there is such thing as 100 percent security.”

Corbin said he respects Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley opposition to allowing soldiers to carry personal weapons on military installations. The commanding general III corps said he is not in favor of changing the current rules.

Corbin has been in constant talks with Fort Hood officials and said he doesn’t believe details from Wednesday’s shooting will be “safeguarded” because there won’t be a trial.

“I can assure you that as a community we will do whatever Fort Hood asks us to do. If they ask, we give it,” said Corbin. “I pray that they all will make it. Everyone should pray for those people injured for their speedy recovery.”

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