Talk radio will sometimes lead to some unexpected phone calls. No one could have predicted that Glenn would hear from an impassioned father on radio this morning, one whose son was involved in the shooting at Ft. Hood, who had taken his own life after a battle with PTSD, and who had been forgotten by the leaders of the country he served. Howard Berry had strong words for anyone in Congress or the media who dared to call the beheading in Oklahoma, or any act of terrorism, as "workplace violence."
When the Ft. Hood shooting took place, it was written off as workplace violence. And then over the weekend, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry referred to the Ohio beheading as "workplace violence".
“It is a story that I read as a workplace violence story,” she said.
Howard Berry passionately disagreed.
"I'm so disgusted by the manipulation of the English language, how they can take something like the beheading in Oklahoma and call it a random act of violence in the workplace, when it's clearly a terrorist act. If anyone should know what a terrorist act is, I do," Howard said.
"My son was one of the victims from the first Fort Hood shooting, and that has been -- those folks have been -- it is a domestic Benghazi. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We turn our backs on the very people who volunteer to stand between us and our enemies."
"I'm sorry for your loss, and thank you for your family's sacrifice," Glenn said. "There are many of us, millions of us that know that this is BS, and honestly, I think we feel as helpless as you do, in a way, of saying what is wrong with people? What is wrong with people in Washington? When we heard that they were classifying this beheading again as workplace violence, and again, this guy is from that same Saudi mosque in Boston, you know, hello. I mean, what else do we need?"
Howard has been contacting politicians and asking them to support the victims of the shooting, including his son who took his life after struggling with PTSD.
"He was a regular guy. He had just come back from Afghanistan, I talked to him the night before the shooting, and he sounded like he had won the lottery, and he was going to get two signatures on a med card, all his guys were processed out, he was on his way home. The next thing I find out is he's involved in the shooting. My son died from post-traumatic stress. He took his life February 13 of 2013, because of the indifference our country has shown him," Berry said.
TheBlaze's 'For The Record' spoke with survivors of the Ft. Hood shooting about the response of the federal government in the aftermath of the attack. You can watch the full report below: