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Ft. Hood shooting survivor reacts to Navy Yard shootings

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Retired Army Sgt. Howard Ray reacts to hearing about multiple shooting fatalities at a Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Monday.

"The first thing I thought about is my heart goes out to the families. That's the first thing I think of because I think of because I've been in that situation before," Ray said.

Ray was on post at Fort Hood in 2009 when Major Nidal Hasan shot and killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.

"I had the opportunity to take the shooter down, except the only thing that I couldn't do was grab ahold of my pistol in my holster because it was empty because I took it off for regulation."

Ray believes gun control is not the answer to preventing gun violence.

"The bad guy doesn't care about the area being prohibited from having firearms. When people seek to perpetrate the law, they absolutely don't care about those things," he said.

Ray wants to see laws changed in order to allow more people to be armed while on military installations.

"I think the best solution at this point is to allow good people, honest people, hardworking people, to be able to arm themselves and defend themselves," Ray said.

Ray has formed a group called: Survivors of Gun Violence Against Gun Control. He'll continue to work to try to change laws and in the meantime, as details of this latest mass shooting unfold, he hopes that if there are signs of terrorism, it will be classified that way.

"Let's make sure we don't have to go through another Fort Hood scenario here should this actually be terrorism," he said.

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