The widow of a slain Navy SEAL sniper still fully supports gun rights in America, even after her husband was killed by one.
Chris Kyle, who was 38 when he died in February, was known as one of America’s most deadly snipers with 160 confirmed kills during his four years of active duty.
Kyle and a friend named Chad Littlefield had gone to a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas, to meet up with another veteran named Eddie Ray Routh, 25, who was supposedly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Kyle and Littlefield were attempting to help Routh through his rough patch with some recreational therapy when Routh shot and killed both men at close range.
Routh, now charged with capital murder, has re-hashed the old argument about if a gun should have been in his hands, given his mental state at that time.
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Kyle’s wife, Taya, doesn’t feel any obligation to speak out against guns, and still advocates for second amendment rights.
“A gun didn’t kill my husband, a man killed my husband,” Taya told The New York Post.
Taya, a mother of two, believes that guns are tools to keep people safe.
“For somebody like me, who can feel vulnerable, it is nice to have an added element of protection because there are people who are motivated to do evil,” she said. “That’s not going to change. If you’re going to do evil, you are going to do it — and . . . I’d like to be able to protect myself.”
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Before he died, Kyle had worked up a reputation in the Middle East and even had an $80,000 bounty put on his head by insurgents in Iraq. They gave him the nickname “The Devil of Ramadi.” Kyle retired from service four years ago at Taya’s urging for him to spend more time with her and their kids. In his free time, Kyle wrote the popular memoir “American Sniper,” which was published in 2012 and details his time in the service as well as the personal and marital issues that went with it.
Kyle was working on a second book, “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms,” when he died. Taya helped finish the book, which will be released June 4, and plans to tour and advocate on behalf of her husband.