The Murder of Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle

U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history was murdered the weekend before last, and his memorial service was held today at Cowboys Stadium in Texas.  For those of you that do not know Kyle, he is a Seal that served his country in the Iraq War.  I feel like I know him only because when I heard the news of his murder, I was in the midst of his autobiography, “American Sniper”.  I was obviously shocked when I heard this terrible news, and doubly shocked that I had been reading his book when it happened.

This is a man who gave everything for his country. When I mean everything, it’s not figuratively, it’s literally.  The man gave his heart and soul for us, for his country, for his people.  He was the elite among elite warriors.

These men that fought for us, these Seals, are fearless.  Kyle describes the firefights, and nighttime raids of the places that terrorist were expected to be hiding, and it makes me feel that these were almost suicide missions.  To conduct a war under the restrictions, with the police SWAT team tactics, and extreme duress these men were under is unbelievable to read, let alone imagine someone doing.  But they all did it, and it wasn’t just the Seals, but our Marines, and Army as well.

If I wouldn’t have read Chris Kyle’s autobiography, I might not have been compelled to comment about his death.  I would have been shocked, and saddened by it still, but maybe it wouldn’t have hit me so hard.  This is a man who survived against terrible odds, the worst hell holes in Iraq, and in the process attained honors and medals for bravery in combat.  Chris came home, and built a business that gave advanced training to police officers and security professionals in defense and combat weaponry.

Chris also counseled wounded veterans.  He and his friends would take vets out to the gun range, and socialize with them, and make them feel normal. Again, it seems Chris was always giving of himself.  Unfortunately, Chris and his friend were murdered senselessly while he was helping another fellow veteran.  It makes me sick to think that Chris survived four tours in Iraq, and then finally comes home to be with his wife and children, and he is taken from them, at home no less.  I can’t imagine the pain.

Some people may ask why, like I did in the beginning.  But now, as I write this, I realize that why does not matter.  Chris gave of himself every chance he got.  That was who he was.  And in times like these we must remember, John 15:13: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

RIP U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle.   Thank you.

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Bob Costas Says a Whole Lot of Nothing to Jon Stewart

Costas

Costas

Bob Costas was interviewed by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show recently. Costas was following up on remarks he had made a couple of months ago during halftime at a football game about a murder-suicide involving a certain NFL football player and his girlfriend. During the halftime commentary, Costas really only repeated remarks by another journalist that indicated if a gun wasn’t involved then the “tragedy” would have never happened.

My question is: For whom exactly is this event “tragic” Mr. Costas? He practically apologizes for the perpetrator, apologizes for that fact that the perpetrator got his hands on a gun, and took a human being’s life, and then cowardly took his own. You see, according to Costas, the gun is at fault, not the player. It was a “tragic” set of circumstances that the gun was available to this unstable, and dare I say it evil individual. According to Costas, the inanimate object, the gun, should be indicted in this case. In addition, Costas never mentions the murder of the victim, which is the real tragedy.

On the Daily Show, it seems Costas tried to formulate his own thinking on the gun control debate, and came up with a convoluted correlation between guns, violence, and NFL football.

During this particular excerpt of the interview, Costas rambles about black athletes basically worshipping guns, and talks about the “gun culture” that exists among black athletes, and mixes some elements of the fact that guns are glorified in hip hop music, and that some black players are influenced by this. He also disparaged the new Sylvester Stallone movie, “Bullet to the Head”, ostensibly also giving Hollywood a half-hearted critique on glorifying guns in the movies as well.

Now Costas jumbled together a lot of phrases and ideas, but didn’t say a thing. He acknowledges there’s a problem, but pushes the wrong solution. Taking the guns away isn’t the answer, especially in the case of a domestic murder-suicide. You’re telling me that if this player did not have a gun, he wouldn’t have carried out the crime? Ridiculous! Ask OJ, he had no use for a gun, did he?

Though I do applaud Costas for bringing the urgent matter of gun violence among black athletes to issue, he fumbled the narrative at the goal line. He used an opinion that probably fit the narrative his network wants to push.

Bob, you should really keep to what you’re good at, sports casting, not shaking your finger at the American people over gun rights. You’re way out of your league in that arena.

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