Former Navy SEAL and war hero Chris Kyle, the author of the best-seller American Sniper, was murdered yesterday at a Texas shooting range. A suspect is in custody.
A few weeks ago, Chris Kyle gave an interview at SHOT Show (i.e., the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade Show) 2013 in Las Vegas about the national gun control debate and other related topics.
Kyle, 38, leaves behind a wife and two children. During his 10 years as a Navy SEAL, during which he served four combat tours in Iraq, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. He had 255 kills (160 confirmed kills) in Iraq as a sniper.
In the interview (see video below), the late Chris Kyle said that he didn’t know exactly what President Obama was trying to accomplish with his series of executive orders on gun control, but he claimed that president is definitely against the Second Amendment and is trying to ban everything. Having spoken to many cops, Kyle claimed that law enforcement officers won’t comply with orders to seize guns from people’s homes if it ever comes to that.
Chris Kyle pointed out that the UK and Australia implemented a strict gun ban. He conceded that gun violence went down, but he overall crime rate went way up.
The former SEAL explained that in Switzerland, after the mandatory two-year military serve, the soldiers keep their rifle and go home. Everybody is armed in Switzerland, and there is very violence, he insisted.
In the interview, he seemed to favor arming teachers on a voluntary basis provided they go through proper training.
As far as the Zero Dark Thirty movie is concerned, Chris Kyle said that some of his fellow SEALS refused to go see it because of its presumed pro-Obama agenda but that other people he spoke to said the film was apolitical.
Watch one of Chris Kyle’s final interviews prior to his death at a Texas shooting range: