The weapon that Ivan Lopez used to kill 3 and wound others at Fort Hood was a .45 caliber handgun. The strange thing is though that handguns have been used for a very long time and were not used to kill other friendly military.
The real weapon we need to be concerned about is the prescribing of medication. Antidepressants and Ambien were prescribed to Ivan and he was on them at the time of the shooting. This is the common denominator for all shootings where the medication records were released.
According to Telegraph.co.uk “Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, who had been prescribed drugs including anti-depressants and Ambien for insomnia, had been deployed to Iraq as a truck driver for four months in 2011.”
According to CNN: “He took his own .45-caliber handgun onto the sprawling base and killed three people and wounded 16 more before taking his own life, leaving authorities to piece together what in his background and medical treatment could have triggered a new round of bloodshed at the same Killeen base where an officer killed 13 people in 2009.”
So yes, a .45 caliber handgun was used, but more importantly, a stronger and more deadly weapon is now being leveled against america: prescription drugs.