It just doesn’t stop.
The authorities in Texas said a man had been charged in the shooting deaths of a former Navy SEAL, and author of “American Sniper,” Chris Kyle, and a second man at a Texas gun range. Sgt. Lonny Haschel with Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday in a statement that Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster was arraigned late Saturday on two counts of capital murder.
Chris Kyle and a neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were at the shooting range trying to help a fellow soldier, Eddie Routh– a former Marine suffering with post traumatic stress syndrome, at the time they were both shot and killed.
After he shot his friends, Eddie Routh fled and took off in Chris Kyle’s truck. He was apprehended after a brief police chase.
Kyle, 39, served four tours in Iraq and was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation.
From 1999 to 2009, Kyle recorded more than 150 sniper kills, the most in U.S. military history.
I’m not sure what a heavily decorated Navy SEAL sniper could have done in this instance. All that training and life experience could not save him from the horrors of domestic gun violence in America. What hope do the rest of us have?