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“American Sniper” Author, Retired Navy SEAL and American Hero Chris Kyle, 38, Fatally Shot at Rough Creek Lodge & Resort Gun/Shooting Range in Glen Rose, Texas

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By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com

February 3, 2013
Last updated on 2/05/13.

Chris Kyle Shooting Bolt Action Sniper Rifle 1 American Sniper Author, Retired Navy SEAL and American Hero Chris Kyle, 38, Fatally Shot at Rough Creek Lodge & Resort Gun/Shooting Range in Glen Rose, Texas It's being reported that retired Navy SEAL marksman/sniper Chris Kyle, author of the book American Sniper and owner/chief instructor of tactical training firm Craft International, was fatally shot yesterday afternoon at the Rough Creek Lodge & Resort in Glen Rose, Texas by one Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster, Texas. Routh, 25, is reportedly a retired Marine suffering from PTSD. It's being reported that he was caught and arrested while fleeing the scene, after a brief pursuit.

Kyle, nicknamed the "Devil of Ramadi" by enemy insurgents, had 160 confirmed kills (with 255 claimed kills) in combat. A Bronze and Silver Star winner, he was a great warrior, and a great American. This is a huge loss for the U.S. military community, the tactical shooting community, and the country at large. He leaves behind a wife and two children

Frankly, I can't believe I have to write this. I just can't believe this happened. First, I just met Chris for the first time at the very tail end of SHOT Show 2013 at the Kryptek Outdoor Group (KOG) booth while he and the guys were relaxing and having a beer. I made it a point to shake his hand, and enjoyed meeting him, however briefly. He was a big, strong guy–and skilled. Second, we all just lost John Noveske of Noveske Rifleworks.

Kyle wasn't the only man shot and killed, according to reports. The other man was 35-year-old Chad Littlefield (according to reports). The fact that the two men were shot and killed together, and the alleged killer fled the scene, makes it appear that they were murdered, not accidentally shot (unconfirmed/unverified). And, since this happened in Texas, justice will most likely be served. DefenseReview (DR) certainly hopes so.

A court will now decide Routh's fate, and whether PTSD is a valid excuse to shoot two people, one of them an American hero, in cold blood. PTSD or not, he's a definite danger to the public, and obviously shouldn't have been walking freely amongst us. While this is just another example of the mental healthcare breakdown in this country, the U.S. military must also be introspective about the multiple combat tours to which our military personnel are now subjected, often times not by choice. A person volunteering for multiple tours is one thing. Someone being forced to do this is another.

Also, treating PTSD suffering combat vets with firearms/shooting is probably not the best approach. By definition, PTSD sufferers are not in their right minds all the time, and firearms are obviously dangerous in the hands of a mentally unstable person. PTSD is a documented form of mental illness. That written, I don’t yet know many of the details of this shooting.

While no one should ever be gunned down in cold blood, it's particularly painful when it happens to a war hero like Kyle, who survived multiple combat tours, being shot twice in combat, multiple IED explosions and an $80,000 bounty by the enemy. 

Our condolences go out to Chris' and Chad's families and friends. We're very sorry for their loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

I’ll try to update this story as more facts emerge, and as I decide to say more things about it. In the meantime, if you're going shooting, make sure you carry a quality loaded pistol on your hip in a quality holster, loaded with quality ammo, at all times–and maintain your situational awareness.

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About David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

6 comments

  1. Anyone realize how wrong it is that some wacko was able to walk into a store and just buy that gun? Maybe now that a military veteran’s been murdered, people will wake up and realize something needs to be done about the availability of firearms to the mentally unstable.

  2. Homo evolutus, I agree with you about mentally unstable people obtaining firearms. However, whatever’s done, it can’t be something that infringes on the natural/second amendment rights of sane law-abiding citizens to arm themselves with whatever firearms and ammunition they see fit, period. Also, we don’t know how or when he obtained the pistol he used (that’s what’s now being reported), yet. He might have purchased it before he went to war. Or, it might have borrowed it from a family member without them even knowing about it. Or, he might have stolen it. Or, it might have belonged to someone else at the range, and he just picked it up off a table.

    • Or, and this is becoming increasingly more common with recent shootings, he just bought it legally. It’s hard for me to defend the 2nd Amendment when it’s obvious the fathers had no idea how many massacres were going to take place within our borders. Guns and the ideology surrounding them have drastically changed in the last 250 years.

      There’s even overwhelming evidence to suggest that the only reason the 2nd Amendment was passed, and why it says “state” instead of “country,” was to arm the slave patrol militias in the southern states. Many of them wouldn’t have ratified the Constitution if their slave guards couldn’t have guns. So why should I defend the vagueness of an amendment that has its roots in legally institutionalizing slavery militias?

  3. Homo evolutus, it’s obvious you’ve been drinking the leftist revisionist Kool-Aid on the Second Amendment. Perhaps you’ve been watching too much MSNBC, or just too much Danny Glover footage. I don’t care. Whatever the case, you’re so wrong and obviously politically biased that it’s almost a waste of my time to address your idiotic second post. Almost. The Second Amendment is about individual liberty. Gun control is about slavery–enslaving you, brainwashed as you are. Of course, I’m presuming you’re brainwashed. You may just be an idiot. Either way, trolling won’t be tolerated, here.

    • But apparently censoring posts is. I’ve been a huge fan of you David, ever since you were featured on Ultimate Weapons. I check your blog every day, even though it’s deteriorated significantly. But when you fail to except that there’s a problem with guns in America because you’re too paranoid to accept regulations, that’s where I draw the line. I’m sorry you’re unable to open your eyes instead of erasing posts that conflict with your beliefs. Good luck to you and your dead blog.

  4. THE AUTHOR HAS LITTLE RESPECT FOR THE SOLDIERS THAT HAVE VALIANTLY FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY AND APPEARS INTERESTED ONLY IN PROTECTING HIS POSITION, NOT THAT OF HIS COMRADES, THE LATTER OF WHICH CRANE WAS TRYING TO DO.

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