Actually 50 rounds is less than 4 magazines for a standard issue Beretta M9. The M9 holds a 15 round magazine, meaning he would only have to reload his two pistols once to expend that many rounds...
Ft Hood is a dangerous place. They have shootings there all the time--about every other month someone gets shot and killed there:
You need to remember, this is a VERY violent place for some reason. Prior to the VA Tech shooting, the USA record-holder for mass shootings was the Luby's Cafeteria shooting in Killeen TX, which is right next to Ft. Hood...
I find it particularly interesting that the news is reporting that the gunman was finally taken down by a CIVILIAN LEO (who unfortunately did not survive himself).
The original reports this afternoon said there were multiple shooters. Two other soldiers remain in custody. But now (as of 7pm) the media is saying that there was only ONE shooter, this Hassan fellow, and they aren't even mentioning the other two who are still in custody.
The media "pundits" are already hitting the "Al Quaida" connection hard. Just because this guy's name is "Hassan", they seem to think that he might have connections with or be sympathetic to terrorists. He was born in the US. He was a NATURAL-BORN citizen. I find this "spin" being injected into the story to be appalingly racist, and OBVIOUSLY part of some larger propaganda machine. It's sickening, this speculation by the civilian media, and they need to be called out on it--it is racist,
it is inflammatory, and it is "yellow journalism" of the lowest degree.
You better believe that we will NEVER know what really happened at Ft. Hood. The Pentagon has VERY specific procedures for dealing with these sorts of internal events, and the "information scrubbing machine" was certainly applied almost IMMEDIATELY to the flow of info to the civilian media. The news feed from Ft. Hood is almost guaranteed to have more "spin" applied to it than an MLB curveball.
Let the whitewash begin...