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Yesterday will go down in history as another tragedy at Fort Hood in Texas. Four people were killed and at least sixteen were wounded in a shooting on post yesterday. Per http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/official-shooting-reported-at-fort-hood/nfQyw/, one of the fatalities was the shooter himself as he turned the gun on himself as he was approached by military police. It seems as though the shooting occurred due to an ongoing personal dispute, however there is no actual known motive and terrorism has not yet been ruled out. It has been mentioned that due to possible PTSD, the soldier was suffering various mental and behavioral issues. The lockdown on post that spread out over hours was lifted just before 10:00 pm ET, and the shooting that had started as a soldier-on-soldier conflict had taken four lives (one being the shooters) and had left 16 injured. This event brought back the tragic nightmare to Fort Hood in 2009 where a shooting had left 13 dead. Using functional analysis, the president has stated that the government will get to the bottom of the shooting and why it occurred. To do this, data will have to be gathered, and a trigger discovered. What change occurred that set this soldier off and made him attack the other soldier? What made him, then, turn his .45 handgun on all the other people around him? What was the trigger, and why had it occurred? Using functional analysis, it is possible that the answers to these questions can be found. It was stated at one point last night that the shooting was due to a personal dispute that had been going on. While it is not proven yet, what dispute could take the soldier over so badly that he would resort to murder and taking his own life? Sociology seeks to ...

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...lnesses and crime do not discriminate on United States heroes and their homes. As a matter of fact, if one truly gives it some thought, the fact that many soldiers, airmen, seaman, marines and other heroes suffer from post traumatic stress disorder gives way to a lot of other complications and issues that can mentally cause one to snap and act irrationally. It is so sad that events like this occur and I hope that I never have to suffer through the fear of not knowing if my loved ones are the ones injured or not.

Works Cited

Basirico, Laurence A., and Barbara G. Cashion. Introduction to sociology. 5th ed. Redding, CA: BVT Publishing, 2012. Print. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/02/fort-hood-shooting_n_5079690.html http://mashable.com/2014/04/02/fort-hood-shooting/
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/official-shooting-reported-at-fort-hood/nfQyw/

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