Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and the U.S. military’s most lethal sniper, was fatally shot yesterday on a gun range by another veteran. Kyle and a neighbor had taken a veteran on an outing to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. The guy then reportedly turned on the men and shot them in the back.
Kyle was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. “I don’t care about the medals,” Kyle told the Star-Telegram in a 2012 interview. “I didn’t do it for the money or the awards. I did it because I felt like it was something that needed to be done and it was honorable.” Kyle, the son of a deacon, wrote in his book American Sniper that he had zero remorse for his combat kills. He said that every person he shot was trying to harm Americans or Iraqis loyal to the new government. Wrote Kyle: “I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.” Now is his chance.7:51 am on February 3, 2013 Email Laurence M. Vance