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American Hero – American Tragedy

Chris Kyle Murdered – America Mourns

By George Rogers Clark · Feb. 4, 2013

The nation mourns the tragic death of an American hero. Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield are gone. May God speed your journey, noble and valiant warrior.

On Saturday (two days ago), Chris and Chad were murdered by a fellow veteran. The murder occurred at a Texas shooting range. The entire news industry continues to pursue, develop and report the story. Chris Kyle was a decorated war hero, a Navy SEAL and America's greatest sniper. As a civilian, he was a successful author, entrepreneur, husband and father. The death of a hero warrants the nation's attention.

Until the news of Chris Kyle's death, it is likely that less than 20% of Americans had ever heard of him. However, today perhaps 80% of Americans have heard of Chris Kyle. I believe a majority of those have joined in the mourning process.

We are Americans. It is what we do. We give thanks to our veterans for their service. We give honor to those who have given their all in the service of their nation. We mourn the deaths of our fallen heroes, whether at war or at peace. Giving thanks, honoring, and mourning are things that often unite us. It has not always been so, but I am thankful that those dark days are past.

Now I must turn a corner in my commentary. Before I do, let me say this: I personally consider Chris Kyle an American hero. I am among those who mourn his death. My prayers go out to Chris's wife, children and family. I pray also for the family of Chad Littlefield. May the Lord bring healing for their painful loss.

I confess the 80% number that I threw out earlier is probably quite generous. However, even if it is an accurate number, a 51% majority of 80% is still only 41% who mourn. That leaves 59% who are not mourning today.

Forget the numbers. They are just wild assumptions. My point is there are many Americans not mourning Chris Kyle today for these reasons:

1) They have not previously heard of him. They did not catch the new stories.

2) They did catch the news stories but lack the intimate details of his remarkable life that might inspire their mourning.

3) Their worldview considers Navy SEALs, Marines, etc. “trained killers” and not worthy of hero status.

4) They hate George Bush, the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and all the American military personnel sent there to “kill innocent civilians.”

Those negative perspectives do exist. We all know it. Some people have no patriotism. Some people love their agenda and their ideology more than they love their nation or their fellow man. Chris understood this. He spent a few words, but only a few, dealing with the subject in his first book, American Sniper.

The prologue to the book is, “Evil in the Crosshairs.” Here are a few quotes from page 4:

“Savage, despicable evil. That's what we were fighting in Iraq. That's why a lot of people, myself included, call the enemy savages. There really was no other way to describe what we encountered there.”

“I had a job to do as a SEAL. I killed the enemy, an enemy I saw day in and day out plotting to kill my fellow Americans. I'm haunted by the enemy's successes. They were few, but even a single American life is one too many lost.”

“People ask me all the time, 'How many people have you killed?' My standard response is, 'Does the answer make me less, or more, of a man?'”

“The number is not important to me. I only wish I'd killed more. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better place without savages out there taking American and innocent Iraqi lives.”

“I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.”

There is a fearless, shameless declaration. There is a confidence of purpose. There is a trust in God. Could a sane man kill between 160 to 255 “savages” unless he believed it was right?

No, Chris Kyle and men like him did not go to Iraq and Afghanistan to kill innocent civilians. Their job was to stop armed savages from killing unarmed, innocent Iraqi and Afghan citizens. Their job was to prevent evil from forcing its will upon the innocent.

I do not know the mind of God on all things. I cannot and would not morally judge the right or wrong of the actions of the U.S. Military in Iraq or anywhere else. I only know what I believe.

I believe that God sees the battle between good and evil in all circumstance. I believe that “savages” who kill unarmed innocents to control by terror are evil. I believe that we do not need a handwritten writ of permission from the Lord to do what is clearly right. I believe it is sometimes right to find the savages then “kill them all and let God sort them out.”

I believe Chris Kyle deserves honor as a fallen hero. May God speed your journey, noble and valiant warrior.

George Rogers Clark blogs at New American Liberty – & Christian USA –


Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

The only blessing is he wrote his book and got it published before he died.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:49 AM

fred in oregon said:

there is between 160 and 255 blessings. those that would plot to destroy you and my children, and me, are no longer able to do so. i thank God Almighty that there are many like Mr. Kyle.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Amen, Fred. There is way to estimate the number of American lives he saved by taking out many of the savages. It is safe to assume he saved many, many lives of unarmed, innocent Iraqi citizens. They were sometimes savagely tortured and murdered just for the entertainment of the savages.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

fred in oregon replied:

thanks george, im glad someone out there agrees with me. this rusty{i used to live on the coast} old body and mind of mine, struggles with all that is going on in my/our country today. im shocked daily at what i see as willfull ignorance of what freedom requires. and those that would "take" our freedom are in awe at obama, simply because he's a black man. im tired of being told that i'm the racist because i do not like him. ive always known that whats in the heart of a man/woman is what counts. little else really matters. im so tired of this stupidity, i consider daily of becomeing a hermit, but then, if i did that, i would be as bad as the willfull ignorant. so i wont. i will continue to prepare for what i see coming down the pike, and continue being/doing the paul revere thing. people laugh, but i know they wont be laughing when they realise, its too late for their freedom, when obama reveals all of his true colors.
im sure when that time comes, ill be dead, and my daughter will grieve, but i know i will have stood-up for what i know is right.God help us all. even they that dont get it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Right on Fred. I like what you said, "the Paul Revere thing." Today it is like this: "the idiots are coming, the idiots are coming!"

And seriously, that is no laughing matter. Their mindless, illogical mantras, like "tax the rich" are seeping into to the unguarded pores of good people. The worst is their idolatry of secularism. They have made it uncomfortable for many folks to stand with God, the only Hope we have.

Keep warning the people, Fred! The idiots are coming. We are with you, brother.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:16 PM

fred in oregon replied:

thanks again george. but i had to chuckle at the way you so profoundly put it----the idiots are coming-----so true, so tragic. frankly, THE IDIOTS ARE HERE. i spend my time reading the Word, listening to the Word, putting down in print my thoughts,hopping against hope that at least one person will awake, sitting at my bench handloading, and then spending time honing my skill set at the range, all unapologetickly. i love being an American beleiver, theres no better life. keep looking up george, help is coming.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

I confess, Fred, this last got me a little chocked up. Yes, my friend, "help is coming."

AND YOU ARE CORRECT, the idiots are here. Help me remember though, they are only deceived. It is the deceiver who is our real enemy.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

fred in oregon replied:

george, you are 100% correct. our real enemy is "the father of liers", he never quits. unfortunatly there are always many that will resond to the sirens' call, and disregard the rocks that lie ahead. they actually WANT to beleive there is no God, and therefore no punishment. sad, very sad. i often wonder if He is beggining to punish America, 65 million tottaly defencless people have been murderd since roe v wade . some women tell me its THEIR choice whether or not to abort a child. i point out that in the justice system, murder is always a choice, its not like manslaghter,accidentle. and i also ask if theres ever been a woman that gave birth to ANYTHING other than a human. pity what so many do, simply because of selfishness, the original sin. and i do not speak to them as a condemnation thing. im also a long ways from being sinless, the difference is i repent daily and ask HIM to forgive me.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

Well said, God will welcome this hero. Those who fail to see the value of our true hero's are the useful idiots that embrace slavery to the marxist statist tyranny of our current government. They are ignorant of this hero but know who is the Survivor or American Idol. They worship wealth and emotional gratification, in lew of real patriotism. I wish their chains not be too restrictive, but I hope they wake to their slavery, before the country is collapsed. We may be too far gone to recover.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

fred in oregon replied:

wjm---for me this is also a wakeup call. when im at the range, ive been lax in paying attention to the others that are there,except to make sure no one is downrange at the targets when im shooting. as a retired cop, i know better. im fully awake now.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

WJM and FRED: When I read Chris' book and he described the enemy as evil savages, I immediately thought of Ephesians 6:12:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Some people think Christianity calls for pacifism, but not so. The thing that Jesus said about "turning the other cheek" should be researched. It is much misunderstood.

Many times in the Old Testament the Lord did tell his people (who were fighting Godless savages) in so many words, "kill them all and let God sort them out." He even called for killing their livestock.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

fred in oregon replied:

thanks again and again george. for many years, all through my police career, i had a BIG problem with the cheek thing, but i must admit, it didnt stop me from pounding my foe into the ground,{ he he he, sometimes i miss saying the words---your under arrest} until recently. i did finnally sit down and reasearched, as you said, and now am at peace with what must be done, if the occasion arises. a person recently told me----if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword. to this whimpering jellyfish,i said SO WHAT. better by the sword than some damn diesease, that takes forever to kill me. you ever come to the central oregon desert, id love to take you to the range. we have everything, up to and including 1000 yard stuff. id love to say "semper fi" but i wasnt a marine. but im sure you get it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4:02 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Yes, I get it. Would love to shoot with you. I have not struck a primer in many years.

I used to be a fair shot, out to about 600 yards. Well, firing from a steady rest of course. I loaded my own. At 100 yard bench, five shot groups were just one 1/2 inch hole. My best rifle was a 6mm Remington 700 BDL, full-floating bull barrel. Glass bedded action. Sweet. Nice long range varmint rifle.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Fred in Oregon replied:

The 6mm. A naturally accurate round. Hard to beat. George, you do retain much of what you learned, just takes practise, lots of it, but it will come back.My biggest problem is my eye sight, not as good as it was, goes along with getting older. For sure, if you do come over this way, post it, and I will contact you, for a fun time at the range. Who knows, I could pickup some pointers from you. Never too late to learn.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 8:20 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

The commandment is not "thou shall not Kill", but "thou shall not Murder". Big difference, but as usual the marxist liars rewrite to enhance their agenda. I too have my own shooting range, only 400 yards, but I have that area covered. Keep the faith brothers in arms!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

WJM.... Yes! I have read that, too. Thou shall not murder. You guys are killing me (figuratively speaking) with this range talk. I spent many good days at the range when I was young. Later, my son and I enjoyed that time together at the range.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Fred in Oregon replied:

I spent the day at the range yesterday George. Had a great time. But my eyes just are not what they used to be. But I can still put 8 out of 8 in a 8 inch circle at 350 yards with my Garand. Who knows: may just come in handy, when the time comes.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Fred in Oregon replied:

George, its not too late, unless your bed-ridden, and I'm sure we can find a way to help you anyway.
Bye the way, I know my spelling is awful, but I do try.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Cowboy in San Antonio said:

I am sure that many of us have grappled with the idea of, Could I kill another human being? While young and innocent, I might have hesitated to do so, but much older, and hopefully a little bit wiser, I would not hesitate to take out what I perceived to be evil. I do not believe I will be accountable to God for striking at evil. Even as a young man, and a reserve police officer who saw lots of human evil, I often wished I could remove just a bit of the world's evil by something called "frontier justice". But in America, we rely upon due process of law. Not so in war zones, and this is why our soldiers can never be faulted for taking the life of another human being. I formed a personal philosophy many years ago, and it is as follows: When an evil man puts a price on my head, or the head of another innocent, and that price is the cost of a bullet or thrust of a knife, they have simultaneously valuated the worth of their own life at zero. And if they have no value for their life, it is no loss to them for their life to end. Mr. Clark, your commentary is as clear headed as any I have ever read. Also, I probably cannot still do this, but I put five shots inside a silver dollar sized circle at 200 yards from a bench rest. I have seen much better, but I console myself that my targets will not be as small as a silver dollar.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Bo, I am so sorry I am just seeing this on Friday. I got caught up in another piece of writing an did not check in here all day Thursday. I should have.

You have expressed the issue perfectly. You speak clearly of the "moral dilemma" in this subject, and your personal decision of it. This is the feedback that adds a lot of value to this and other commentary at the PP. Thanks Bo. Hey, at 200 yards, that is a tight group. By the way... "Moral Dilemma" is the title of my next essay.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM