As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family. Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. -REP
This is his explanation for this tweet, which has been highly criticized:
Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.
1. Chris Kyle was an American hero of the highest order. And he used the sword because he was in the military, where his job was to keep America safe.
2. SEALS who served with Kyle said that using the gun range for persons with PTSD made sense. It put them around things with which they were “familiar” and was therefore a “very comfortable” environment.
So who was Chris Kyle? Why were he and his friend Chad Littlefield murdered at a firing range?
Eddie Ray Routh told his sister that he killed former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and that he ‘traded his soul for a new truck,’ court documents say.
Huh? The murderer want Mr. Kyle’s truck? I’ve heard of less valid reasons, but not recently.
Kyle and Littlefield brought Routh to the range at around 3:15 p.m. Saturday as a form of treatment to help him cope with a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Former soldiers and veterans groups have said that trips to gun ranges are a common form of therapy for vets struggling with PTSD. Shooting – and becoming re-accustomed to loud sounds — can be cathartic for vets who have spent time in war zones, veterans groups say.
Police said Routh shot both men several times with a semi-automatic handgun before taking Kyle’s truck and driving to his sister’s house in Midlothian, some 30 miles south of Forth Worth.
Three staff members discovered the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield lying at around 5 p.m.Both had multiple wounds and were covered in blood, WFAA reported. One of the staff members tried to perform CPR before police arrived.
So Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield were trying to help Eddie Routh with his PSTD, and were killed for their efforts.
Who was Chris Kyle?
Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in American military history, with 160 confirmed kills (out of 255 claimed kills), although these statistics have not been released by the Pentagon.
Despite the incredible number, Mr Kyle is still far from being the deadliest marksman in the world. That distinction goes to Simo Häyhä, a Finnish soldier who killed 542 Soviet soldiers during World War II.
Mr Kyle is a cowboy from Odessa, Texas, who was a professional bronco rodeo rider before he joined the Navy. He grew up hunting deer and pheasant with a rifle and a shotgun his dad bought him.
He never realized he was a good shot until he joined the Navy and got into the prestigious SEAL special operations unit.
For his deadly track record as a marksman during his deployment to Ramadi, the insurgents named him ‘Al-Shaitan Ramad’ — the Devil of Rahmadi — and put a $20,000 bounty on his head.
‘I thought to myself, “Oh, hell yeah!” It was an honor,’ he told Texas Monthly magazine when Army intelligence told him about his infamy.
But his Navy SEAL companions gave him a different name ‘the Legend.’
His most legendary shot came outside Sadr City in 2008 when he spotted an insurgent with a rocket launcher near an Army convoy — 2,100 yards away.
At that distance, 1.2 miles, he fired a shot from his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle. It struck home, knocking the man over dead.
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Despite the astonishing number of people he has shot, Mr Kyle says he has never second-guessed himself since the first time he had to pull the trigger on the grenade-wielding woman in Iraq.
For him, the enemy is a ‘savage,’ he told the Post.
‘It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job,’ he told Texas Monthly.
He left the service in 2009, deciding not to enlist in order to ‘save his marriage’ he told his publisher.
Mr Kyle has two children and lives in Dallas.
Since leaving the Navy, he has started his own military contracting firm, Craft International. It provides military and law enforcement sniper training, as well as private security and protection.
Who was Chad Littlefield?
Dallas News: The funeral of Chad Littlefield, who was shot and killed along with Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle at a gun range Saturday, will be held at First Baptist Church of Midlothian on Friday at 2 p.m., church officials confirmed.
Littlefield, who was Kyle’s neighbor and workout buddy, is survived by his wife and daughter.
Littlefield, who leaves behind a wife and children, was a friend and another veteran who worked to help people with PTSD, said Fitco Director Travis Cox.
Everyone pretty much knew who Chris Kyle was, but lets not forget his friend Chad. His wife is an assistant principal at middle school here in town and he also had a elementary school aged daughter. Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Additional Info: Chad Littlefield was a true American Patriot. His love of country and compassion for our military veterans led him to work with his close friend, Chris Kyle, in the FITCO Cares foundation. They committed their time and resources to help men and women returning from combat fighting PTSD.
Obituary Highlights: Chad Hutson Littlefield entered Glory on Saturday, February 2, 2013. As he tried to help another, his life was taken from him suddenly and unexpectedly. But, Chad was a Christian and spoke of his Savior often, so Jesus was there waiting for him and took him to the mansion He had prepared for him. Chad was born in Dallas, Texas on February 11, 1977 and graduated from DeSoto High School in 1995. He was proud to be a lifelong Texas resident. Chad was devoted to his wife, Leanne, and a loving father to their daughter, Morgan. Chad would tell you he was a “regular guy just taking care of business,” and was happiest spending time with his family and friends. His family and friends would tell you he was a “rock”, always there when you needed him, dependable and responsible, ready to grab you in his arms to let you know he loved you and everything would be all right. Chad was the Facilities and Logistics Manager for Eagle Labs, Inc. in DeSoto, Texas.
A proud lifelong resident of Texas, Littlefield was born in Dallas on Feb. 11, 1977, and graduated from DeSoto High School in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto in 1995. He was reportedly a military veteran.
Littlefield was employed by DeSoto’s Eagle Labs, Inc., an oil-services firm, as the facilities and logistics manager. He is survived by his wife, Leanne, a Midlothian middle-school assistant principal, and their daughter, Morgan.
Not to belittle Mr. Kyle’s accomplishments, but I figured he would not have wanted Mr. Littlefield to have been remembered as his “sidekick”.
This is a very sad day for the families of all three men involved.