Chris Kyle’s wife, Taya, is still pro-gun, despite her husband’s shooting death in February.
Though some survivors and relatives of shooting victims tend to become staunch gun control activists in the wake of their respective tragedies, Taya Kyle said that she hasn’t moved an inch on her beliefs regarding the Second Amendment and the right of Americans to bear arms.
Speaking before a group of NRA members at the annual National Rifle Association Leadership Forum, Kyle’s widow said that evil in the world should not interfere with the individual rights of Americans.
“I challenge anyone to tell me there isn’t evil in this world. From the days of Cain and Abel, we know all too well there will always be evil, but that evil shouldn’t take away our freedoms. In fact, the only way to take away evil is by taking advantage of those freedoms,” she said. “America needs people like you who are willing to stand up and fight.”
A slideshow of her late husband played in the background as she spoke, and at several points during the speech, she choked up and paused to collect herself.
“Sorry,” she said, pointing to a small screen. “The picture’s in front of me too.”
In closing, she said: “Thank you for understanding the difference between the use of guns in terrorizing innocent people in our country and abroad and the use of guns in fighting an evil that will not be reasoned with,” to applause and a standing ovation.
Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield were shot to death in February at a gun range by Iraq veteran Eddie Routh. They had taken Routh to the range, and were reportedly helping him cope with PTSD.
You can watch the video of Chris Kyle’s wife, Taya, giving a speech at the NRA meet. She starts around 2:56.