|American Hero and "Devil of Ramadi", Chris Kyle, 1974-2013|
Chris Kyle, former US Navy SEAL Sniper, was gunned down by Eddie Ray Routh at a charity event yesterday.
Chris Kyle led an amazing life that was cur short by Routh's bullets. Routh shot Kyle and one other, Chad Littlefield, then stole Kyle's truck and fled the scene. Routh was later arrested on charges of murder.
Those unfamiliar with Chris Kyle need look very far to find this hero's story. He is the author of the best-selling book, American Sniper. Chris served four tours in Iraq, was highly decorated to include two Silver Stars, and had a record confirmed kill at 1.2 miles. That shot saved the lives of numerous Americans as Kyle reduced the threat of an aggressor armed with anti-armor rockets.
Chris was holding a charity event meant to help veterans. He was teaching Chad Littlefield and others marksmanship skills when Routh shot both men. Chris was well known for working with injured and disabled veterans, wounded warriors, and other combat veterans including life-coaching and running charity benefits on their behalf.
Routh allegedly suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from his time in combat. Some are already attributing his murderous acts to the ailment. They are trying to vilify Post-Combat Stress and PTSD as mental disorders that should automatically disqualify a citizen from owning or carrying a firearm.
Most veterans with PTSD are not dangers to themselves or others. Most of them would be more trusted to own and carry (keep and bear) firearms than your average citizen. Most have gone through exhaustive shoot/don't-shoot scenario training and can recognize a legitimate threat faster and more accurately than a police officer with less than five years on the beat.
PTSD is not an excuse to call for disarming veterans. Yet this will be on the table with other gun-grabbing legislation. Already there are calls to dismiss a bill that requires a judge to order the suspension of second amendment rights for veterans. VA policy currently states that any VA bureaucrat can do so without a court order. Now, that bill to protect veterans' rights will be in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, the gun-grabbers are already spewing vile hatred towards a hero, Kyle, stating that he "got what he deserved" and suffered "an act of Karma". They are employing the Alinsky Tactic of "never letting a good tragedy go to waste". Kyle was an advocate of the Second Amendment. Naturally, this tragedy is ripe for drooling advocates of disarming law-abiding citizens.
The politicizing of the murder of a true American Hero is beneath dishonorable. Then again, socialists do not even understand the meaning of "honor" much less have any recognition of it. They have long vilified honorable people through the application of moral relevancy.
Chris Kyle was somebody they despised. He was a good man. He was a hero. He was honorable. He fought for the weak by helping them become strong. He saved lives. He was a patriot. He served selflessly.
He is greatly missed. Rest in peace, brother. I know you'll be providing over-watch.