Decorated SEAL and author, Chris Kyle, shot dead at Texas gun range
As many people are now aware Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper is dead. The former Navy SEAL, who recorded the most career sniper kills in US military history was killed at point blank range by a former Marine suffering from PTSD.
Kyle was a true American hero who brought fear to the enemy. The insurgents named him al-Shaitan (the devil) and placed a bounty on his head. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
American Thinker had the honor to interview him on two occasions and his wife, Taya on one occasion. It was a privilege to have a relationship with Taya after interviewing her about being a military spouse.
She had commented that she loved and admired Chris. She constantly lived in fear while he was over in Iraq that he would not make it home alive. Instead, her greatest nightmare became a reality in America. Why do bad things happen to such good people?
Chris was one of those rare individuals who devoted his life to helping others. He was a good guy in every sense of the word. During the interview with American Thinker he referred to himself not as a "killer" but as a guardian angel for those troops on the ground. He had a saying, "The red in our flag is for the fallen soldiers' blood. We all should be reminded that freedom is not free and these fallen soldiers have paid the ultimate price."
Chris was unapologetic because he saw himself as the protector of his fellow soldiers who tried to make sure they were kept safe and limited the casualties. He further commented that he thought he was so successful because he had a fatalistic attitude about death. The impression he conveyed during the interview was someone who was polite, funny, and dedicated to his family, fellow soldiers, and his country.
It is reported that he and another veteran were killed, paying the ultimate price, while trying to help a former Marine who was suffering from PTSD. In fact, he was the co-founder of FITCO Cares Foundation, which provides fitness equipment to wounded veterans, suffering either emotionally or physically.
For those whose life he touched, even for a brief moment, he will be forever missed.