Murdered Navy SEAL Sniper Was Obama Gun Control Foe [W/ VIDEO]
Chris Kyle involved in program to arm school teachers
Murdered Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, gunned down at point-blank range in Texas this past weekend, was emerging as a prominent gun control critic â€“ working to place armed guards in schools in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre.
In one of his last interviews just two weeks before his death,Â Kyle told Guns.comÂ that he was against Obamaâ€™s gun control agenda, warning that any attempt to confiscate firearms could end disastrously.
â€śIâ€™ve talked to a bunch of cops and secret service guys and they arenâ€™t going to go to anyoneâ€™s house, especially if they have guns they donâ€™t want to be knocking on doors,â€ť said the best-selling author of â€śAmerican Sniperâ€ť.
Kyle added that his company, Craft International, was involved in working with schools in Texas to hire armed guards and off-duty police officers as a response to the Sandy Hook shootings. The company was also carrying out screenings and gun safety training for teachers and school officials who expressed a desire to have firearms in school.
Kyle was set to host a â€śCivilian Training Eventâ€ť at Rough Creek Lodge gun range, the same location where he was shot dead, an event scheduled for March 1-3, according to theÂ companyâ€™s website.
Championed by the NRA, the idea of placing armed guards in schools has been rejected by the Obama administration despite the fact that the school Obamaâ€™s daughters attendÂ has no less than 11 armed security guardsÂ on duty at all times.
During an ABC Nightline interviewÂ broadcast on December 26 yet recorded before the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama said one of the benefits of his re-election was the ability â€śto have men with guns around at all times,â€ť in order to protect his daughters.
During the Interview, Kyle also said that the administrationâ€™s attempt to ban high capacity magazines was â€śjust opening the door so you can start taking more of our rights,â€ť noting that the founding fathers had the same weapons that the military did at the time of the revolution. â€ť We donâ€™t have that today, but donâ€™t try and take what Iâ€™ve already got,â€ť said Kyle.
The former Navy SEAL also addressed the gun control debate, noting that England enforced a total gun ban yet has the highest violent crime rate in Europe, whereas Switzerland, which in comparison has almost universal firearm ownership, routinely has one of the lowest.
Kyleâ€™s alleged killer has been named asÂ 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, an ex-Marine who suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Routh was arrested at his home in Lancaster, Texas after leading police on a chase following the shooting.
No motive has been established for the murder.
Kyle, who was credited with the most sniper kills in U.S. military history, was a New York Times bestselling author. He was also highly decorated, achieving two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation during his four tours in Iraq.
February 4, 2013