American Sniper is director Clint Eastwood’s hit film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history.
Jeff Kyle, brother of the late war hero, said, “Snipers are saviors.”
Controversy has swirled around the movie, and director Michael Moore’s tweet about snipers is an example.
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
Jeff Kyle slammed Moore’s tweet in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Just because somebody was killed by a sniper, it doesn’t make snipers cowards. Snipers are — they’re saviors.
— WindyCityPatriot (@HannyChicago) January 31, 2015
He added that soldiers who serve overseas are “damn proud” to have snipers watching their backs. Jeff talked about how Moore’s consumption of cheeseburgers could be looked upon as murder.
For them to say that they’re cowards, that would be like PETA calling Michael Moore a murderer for all the cheeseburgers he’s eaten.
Chris Kyle’s brother also addressed how misunderstood all soldiers are, and those who are not in the military have no concept of what those who serve in the military experience abroad and at home. Jeff talked about the message American Sniper conveys.
It puts the message out. It’s not a war story, it’s not a shoot ’em up, blow ’em up movie. It’s a story about a soldier in combat, whether it’s on the battlefield or off, he’s still in combat.
First Lady Michelle Obama defended American Sniper at a veterans’ event.
While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over these past few years.
She also called for Americans to welcome veterans and help them when they return.
We hope our country will welcome back our veterans — not by setting them apart but by fully integrating them into the fabric of our communities.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared February 2, the anniversary of American sniper’s Chris Kyle’s death, as “Chris Kyle Day.” Kyle was allegedly killed by Marine Eddie Ray Routh at a Texas gun range. Routh’s mother had reached out to Kyle, who mentored veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
As of this post, American Sniper has pulled in $217.1 million. This sets a precedent for an R-rated film released in winter. It has surpassed Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, which earned $216.5 million in 1998.
American Sniper is supported by the public, and there’s no disputing that.
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