Chris Kyle is an American hero, the deadliest sniper in our history, a legend, and “a true American badass.”
Somehow, people have seen fit to slander him from beyond the grave, and that is why I feel the need to write this. Chris Kyle is a man who killed two men at a gas station when two men tried to steal his car at gunpoint. Needless to say, he’s a man you didn’t want to mess with. That’s why it doesn’t shock me that these people waited until he was dead to make these outrageous claims.
First it was Jesse Ventura’s disgraceful lawsuit against Kyle’s estate (in the sole exception in what follows to the previous sentence, Ventura was suing Kyle while Kyle was still alive; what is so disgusting is that he continued the lawsuit against Kyle’s family after Kyle was killed). Ventura was suing Kyle while Kyle was still alive. Somehow, Ventura won. This is utterly ridiculous, because his claim revolved around how “Kyle’s estate is enjoying dirty money because a sliver of the book struck a jury as intentionally malicious.”
Jesse Ventura wasn’t exactly a man with a sterling reputation to begin with.
Even 13 years after 9/11, Ventura is still dedicated to proving that there needs to be uncovering done.
In the aftermath of the case, Ventura is receiving money from both the publishing company…and Kyle’s family, despite the fact that they had nothing to do with the passage in the book, where Kyle wrote about decking someone at a bar who said that SEALs deserved to “lose a few.”
In the immediate aftermath of Kyle’s death, Ron Paul had the following to say (sadly to no one’s surprise, I’m sure):
It also doesn’t help Paul’s case that his assumption is wrong.
More recently, Max Blumenthal (a man whose fanaticism is so pronounced that even the successor to the East German Communist Party considered him too radical for an anti-Israel rally that they were hosting that they cancelled the entire event upon hearing he had been invited) compared Kyle to the DC Sniper.
This comparison is utterly disgusting. As someone who lives in the area of these killings, I remember how we had to run across the street just to get to school safely as little kids, and I frequently drive past the gas station where the pair gunned down a woman who was vacuuming her car.
When I was in 8th grade, and John Allen Muhammed (Lee Malvo’s partner) was scheduled to be executed, I remember people asking me to sign a petition that was going to be sent to Virginia’s governor to request a commutation of his sentence, and I was disgusted with their request. They too had survived the terror of the DC Sniper, yet here they were, sympathizing with someone who had restructured the way we had all been living our lives so we could ensure we were less susceptible to a bullet.
Chris Kyle was not a mass murderer. In fact, what he did saved lives of American soldiers.
This is what I wrote just under a year ago on the one year anniversary of Kyle’s death.
Every American knows today is the Super Bowl, but it is also a solemn day, because one year ago, America lost a true hero: America’s deadliest, sniper, Chris Kyle.
One year ago, Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed by a former Marine they were attempting to help deal with the symptoms of PTSD.
Known as “The Devil of Ramadi” to Iraqis, Kyle reported 255 kills, of which 160 were confirmed. True to Kyle’s nature, he prefers to focus on the number of people he saved (incalculably high), rather than the number he killed.
After leaving the service, he enjoyed spending time on gun ranges with fellow vets as a kind of group therapy, and raising money to help other veterans in need.
Despite being a best-selling author, he didn’t keep a cent he made off of book sales, preferring instead to donate it to the families of fallen SEALs or other charities.
Kyle insisted he wasn’t a hero; rather, he was just an everyday man put in extraordinary circumstances, but I would disagree with him, since his selfless dedication to others drove his entire life.
The fact that he died one year ago while doing what he loved does not mean his influence has waned. In the months since his death, countless people have told his wife that were in not for Kyle, they would have been killed.
In a world where heroes seem to be lacking, Chris Kyle’s loyalty to his fellow Americans is something every American can be proud of.
Whether he was logging the eight longest confirmed kill by a sniper (2,100 yards) or providing fitness equipment for vets back from duty, Kyle did whatever he could to serve his country.
A warrior abroad, a healer at home.