My buddy Ron Smith has a column with the headline: "Fort Hood massacre shows how political correctness can kill." (just for record, columnists don't write headlines.)
I'm not a fan of political correctness (though I like being polite) and don't consider myself very politically correct (though I try and be considerate). But I'm pretty certain that political correctness does not kill.
Just because shooter Major Nidal Hasan expressed some things that are now seen as warnings and just because he's Muslim... does that mean these signs were ignored because of "political correctness"? I don't think so. More likely nobody did anything because, I don't know, how can you know and what are you going to do?
If you're a cop reading this, ask yourself this: how many of the cops that you work with are, to some kind of scary degree, crazy? I don't know how you define crazy, it's entirely up to you. But perhaps you can use this definition: If you heard that he flipped (and I'm assuming it's a guy) and shot somebody--maybe an ex girlfriend or complete stranger or themselves--if you heard this would you think, "I guess that wasn't a complete surprise." How many of these people do you know? I'll bet it's more than one.
So what have you done with that information? Called 911? Told internal affairs? Of course not. You talk to your friends to make sure you're not the only one who thinks this. I mean, you want to make sure he's crazy and you're not, right?
You talk about it. You laugh about it. And then you do nothing. You do nothing not because you're afraid of liberals and the ACLU or the politically correct police. Since when did you care about these groups? You don't do anything because, well, who the f*ck knows?! There are lots of crazy people. Some of cops and some are soldiers. But most take the their meds and even more manage just fine.
And every now and then one does flip. And in hindsight the "signs" often seem clear. But now, for the first time in America, one of these crazy mass-murdering shooters is Muslim. And now people think that if only we're weren't so worried about offending Muslim, this would have been stopped? Since when we were so worried about offending Muslim?