Guns keep you safe? How about the inherent American culture of lethal violence of wars and daily witness of crime? It’s not the gun that kills but people who can’t handle the responsibility. Yeah! Former US Navy Seal sniper killed by Iraq veteran at shooting range in Texas. Advocate of more guns at schools to keep children safe. What a BS. Stamp out the gun lobby and the Jewish lobby in Washington DC and that may help make the world a safer and better place. Another headline that made my head turn: White House rebuffed Clinton-Petraeus plan to arm Syrian rebels.
FORT WORTH, Texas (KHOU) – Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper who was responsible for 160 kills during his career as U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, was shot and killed with another man at a gun range on Saturday. Kyle served four combat tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere, and won two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars for bravery.
Kyle, who wrote “American Sniper ” about his military service from 1999 to 2009 was found dead at the Rough Creek Lodge’s shooting range, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, quoting Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant. The second victim was not identified.
Rough Creek Lodge is located in Glen Rose, Texas, which is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Rough Creek Lodge referred calls to the Erath County Sheriff’s Office but Bryant was not immediately available for comment.
A suspect, identified as Eddie Ray Routh, was arrested, according to reports. [Some reports relate suspect may have been suffering from PTSD and Kyle was giving support – Oui]
The Stephenville Empire-Tribune reports, law enforcement officials throughout the county were initially searching for a large four-door Ford pickup that is high off the ground and covered in Rhino liner, with a skull sticker in the back window. Eddie Ray Routh has since been arrested shortly before 9 p.m. in Lancaster. Eddie Ray Routh was arrested January 2012 for DWI with open container. He was released on $1,500 bond. Eddie Ray Routh, an Iraqi war veteran, is expected to be charged with capital murder.
Chris Kyle is a former Navy SEAL, who served four tours of duty in Iraq. He was given the nickname “The Devil of Ramadi” by insurgents. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who is recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, officials said.
…..They said Routh was believed to be highly trained with military experience. He was reportedly later captured in Lancaster, south of Dallas. The individual was believed to be highly trained with military experience, according to the Erath County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said the second shooting victim was a neighbor of the suspect. All three men lived in Midlothian, Texas. Source: KHOU
In a 2012 interview with Time magazine he was asked what went through his mind when he aimed at a target.
In the wake of the slayings of 20 children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in December, Kyle was interviewed in January about rising calls for curbing gun violence in the United States. He told the website guns.com that he favored arming teachers who have been screened and trained and spoke against restrictions on gun owners.
Chris Kyle competed on NBC’s Star Earned Stripes show last summer.