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When Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan yelled “Allahu akhbar” and opened fire on his comrades in 2009, leaving 13 people dead and more than 32 others wounded, it was clear, at least to the National Counterrorism Center, that this was indeed a terrorist attack and was labeled as such the day after. Then, as you well know, the massacre was deemed “workplace violence.” Now that Hasan has been found guilty and sentenced to death, however, Texas lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would formally classify the shooting as an act of terrorism, making victims eligible for additional benefits, according to Fox News.

Lawmakers, as well as Fort Hood victims and their families, are renewing the years-long push now that Hasan has been found guilty in the deaths of 13 people and received his sentence. Among the arguments the government had made for not awarding Purple Hearts to victims was that it could negatively affect the trial.