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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 4th, 2013 at 5:41 am

American Sniper Chris Kyle Murdered By Fellow Veteran

So how long will it be before someone claims we need gun free zones at shooting ranges?

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — An Iraq War veteran charged with murdering former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and a friend turned a gun on the pair while they were at a Texas shooting range, authorities said Sunday.
Eddie Ray Routh, of Lancaster, was arraigned early Sunday in the deaths of Kyle, who wrote the best-selling book “American Sniper,” and Chad Littlefield, 35. They were killed at a shooting range at Rough Creek Lodge, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. [Stars and Stripes]

Once again we have another situation where a person with a history of mental problems is given a firearm. I understand that Kyle was trying to help this guy but I fail to see how giving Routh a firearm is a good idea? Maybe going fishing a few times to get to know Routh better would have been more appropriate?

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  • Setnaffa
    5:40 am on February 4th, 2013 1

    “Maybe going fishing a few times to get to know Routh better would have been more appropriate?”

    Exactly. We don’t know that Routh killed him because of his alleged PTSD or drugs in his system or in revenge for something that happened or didn’t happen in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    But giving someone loaded firearms is a bit different than giving them a puppy…

  • Setnaffa
    5:41 am on February 4th, 2013 2

    The first one might have been an accident and the second to cover up the first?

  • JoeC
    3:49 pm on February 4th, 2013 3

    [Ron] Paul tweeted: “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.”

  • Onezime
    5:43 pm on February 4th, 2013 4

    “So how long will it be before someone claims we need gun free zones at shooting ranges?”

    If anyone does, remember you’re the first one to have brought it up.

  • Onezime
    5:50 pm on February 4th, 2013 5

    In any case, I’m with Setnaffa. I don’t think this is as simple as the shooter as suffering from mental illness. There’s more to the story.

  • Onezime
    5:52 pm on February 4th, 2013 6

    #3,

    Yeah, it doesn’t make sense at all…But, again, there’s gotta be more to the story. You could say they were friends.

  • jslim
    11:44 am on February 5th, 2013 7

    so the girl who attended obamas inauguration is gunned down and a week later a decorated navy seal all during the same time that the left is trying to implement gun control?

    coincidence

  • JoeC
    12:30 pm on February 5th, 2013 8

    #7

    Huh!? I don’t see the connection. Are you suggesting it’s all part of this grand conspiracy? :shock: :roll:

  • John in NY
    2:18 pm on February 5th, 2013 9

    #8 hmm, now we can’t use the “you never see killings at a shooting range” defense.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:03 pm on February 5th, 2013 10

    If only there had been more guns at the gun range, this could have been prevented – by one good guy with a gun.

    /couldn’t resist
    //pro-gun, anti-stupid

  • JoeC
    3:32 pm on February 5th, 2013 11

    #10

    Earlier, I dug up this report about the 1981 mass shooting at the Camp Casey range.

    Everyone was armed but observability was poor. I imagine it would be even much worse in the corridors and compartments of a building.

  • Tom
    3:59 pm on February 5th, 2013 12

    This is what happens when you give an American a gun. Like I’ve always said, if you can’t handle the rifle than you shouldn’t have it. But if they want to kill each other off, who am I to oppose it. Animals, just animals.

  • JoeC
    5:53 pm on February 5th, 2013 13

    The most sensible part of this story so far:

    “She said one of her son’s Marine Corps buddies had taken the weapons that were in the house with them for safekeeping.”

 

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