Ex-Navy Sniper Shot Dead At Texas Shooting Range

Ex-Navy Sniper Shot Dead At Texas Shooting RangeEddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned early Sunday on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Chris Kyle, 38, a former U.S. Navy SEAL credited with the largest number of confirmed kills, and Chad Littlefield, 35, at the shooting range about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, North Texas.

‘Some type of mental illness’

Capt. Jason Upshaw with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office said Routh used a semi-automatic handgun, which authorities later found at his home. Upshaw said ballistics tests weren’t complete Sunday, but authorities believe the gun was used in the shootings. Upshaw declined to give any more details about the gun. Routh has not made any comments indicating what his motive may have been, Upshaw said.

Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Routh was unemployed and “may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself,” but he didn’t know if Routh was on any medication.

‘Decorated veteran’

The U.S. military confirmed Sunday that Routh was a corporal in the Marines, serving in active duty from 2006 to 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Haiti in 2010. Kyle, a decorated veteran, wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” detailing his 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009. Kyle said in his book that Iraqi insurgents had put a bounty on his head.

Bryant said the trio went to the shooting range around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. A hunting guide came across the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield around 5 p.m. and called 911. Upshaw said autopsies were still pending and he could not say how many times the men were shot or where on their bodies they were hit.

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Source: Fox News

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Women In The Combat Zone

Women In The Combat ZoneIn the early 90’s, the United States Department of Defense banned women from entering ground combat units and the ban has continued up until recently, when the military has finally decided to lift it. At last, the U.S. military will reopen combat jobs to female soldiers.

‘Sexist policy’

Women have already been performing combat roles, but they have not been receiving the same training or recognition that their male counterparts have. The lift on this ban resulted from the Americal Civil Liberties Union suing the Pentagon over this sexist policy.

This change in military policy has been met with mixed opinions. Some contested the end to the ban for the reason that most women are incapable of performing military duties in the same level that men are. They say women should not be allowed to serve in the military because the job is too heavy, the hygiene practices are too unfit, and the emotional toll is too much for the delicate structure of a woman. On some situations, soldiers in the combat field go up to 15 days without a single shower, so what if a woman has her monthly period. Can she cope with this situation? Are women too “fragile” for this kind of environment?

‘It does not matter’

As for those who support this change, they say that it does not matter if you are a man or a woman, gay or straight, black or white — just as long as you are able to perform the job. And history has proven time and again, most women are up to it. They just need to be given ample opportunity. Women perform so many jobs that are more difficult than that of men, so allowing them to serve in the military is just another addition to their long list of job opportunities.

Do you agree that women should be allowed to serve in ground combat units? Do you know some women who have served in combat duty? Tell us how they have coped with the demands of this type of job!

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