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American Hero Gone Too Soon: Chris Kyle Dead At 38

February 11, 2013 by admin

A Column
By Joe Malanaphy

    America lost a true hero on Feb. 2. Chris Kyle, 38, a former U.S. Navy Seal who served four tours in Iraq, and was known as the most lethal sniper in American military history, was shot to death at point-blank range while volunteering as a mentor for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kyle leaves behind a wife and two children.

     Eddie Ray Routh, the troubled veteran who Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield (also murdered,) had taken to the Rough Creek Lodge for a “therapy session,” at some point for unknown reasons, lost mental stability and turned his weapon on Kyle and Littlefield, killing them both tragically. Routh was taken into custody after leading police on a brief pursuit.

     Kyle served four tours in Iraq, including every major battle in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was such a menace on the battlefield while protecting his brothers, that the opposition had given him the nickname “The Devil of Ramadi,” and even put a bounty on his head.

       Kyle served his country loyally and proudly, and continued to do so when he came home. After retiring from the SEALS in 2009, Kyle began mentoring other veterans coming home from the war, who often find themselves lost and with nobody to really understand where their minds are at, or what they have been through and seen.

      Kyle died a REAL hero- PERIOD. He fought for his country and protected his brothers while overseas.

      Sadly, his passion for serving his country and fellow comrades is ultimately what would end his life. I guess you can argue that the war is never really over even when these guys come home, and this is a prime example. For many of these veterans, the war is still going on in their minds, and in a weird way, though having died in his home state of Texas, it was as if the war in Iraq had followed him home, relentless in its pursuit, and through the deranged actions of Eddie Ray Routh, the war finally caught up to him.

       The only thing sadder than learning of Kyle’s passing is reading the comments attached to articles reporting his death. Some calling it “Karma,” or “Live by the gun, die by the gun,” and even “He got what he deserved.”

      While it may seem disgusting to some, war isn’t pretty. That is why it is called a war, rather than a peaceful gathering. People die in a war, and it’s terrible and sad. You don’t have to be trusting of your gov’t’s motives for war to have respect for the men being sent to fight it.

      What is ironic about the brutal hate comments being posted, is the mob-like mentality, almost like savages kicking a man’s body as he lay dead. So, you’re against the war, and violence, and killing, but can hardly contain yourself when it comes to expressing the joy it brings you in hearing of Kyle’s death because he, as someone put it, “got what he deserved.”

      While I agree that violence is not a solution, and guns are clearly a threat to our society, it is also clear after reading these despicable comments that we still need guns. We need guns because we have a nation filled with cowards. Give up the guns and we’ll all be unwillingly speaking another language.

      Oddly enough, the rights of those he was protecting are the same faceless internet tough guys, who if put in situations Kyle survived, would have cowered in the fetal position and probably urinated all over their Jockey’s.

      For those whiny rats who want to demonize him for his service to this country, maybe you should consider aiming that hatred at the politicians who put him there in the first place.

      I’m not for war, but I sure as hell support our troops and respect them for all the sacrifices they make.

      In an interview on the Opie and Anthony Show last year, Kyle said “You don’t have to agree with the war, I just get sent there. I don’t have to agree with the politics. I signed up to serve the country. The country tells me what to do.”

     So show some class and some damn respect once in a while for the men and women out there risking their lives everyday and without question--for you.

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