Feb 3, 2013 No Comments ›› littlebytes
While most of the SEALs have died in military combat or unexplained helicopter accidents over the past four years….the recent death of Chris Kyle and other high profile 2nd amendment advocates have raised some questions since the war on our 2nd Amendment right began following the Newtown tragedy in December 2012.
It is so sad and tragic we lost such a great American hero and advocate for our Constitution and country.
Why did it take so long before someone found them?? One report said they were shot in Kyle’s truck shortly after they arrived at 3:15pm on Saturday at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort.
Strangely, according to The Star Telegram, ”witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that the gunman opened fire on the two men around 3:30 p.m., then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims. The sheriff’s department didn’t get a call until around 6 p.m.”
After shooting both Kyle and his friend Littlefield, Routh then took off in Kyle’s truck and drove back to his house, where he was apprehended around 9pm after a short pursuit.
According to the Star-Telegram, The 25-year-old suspect was apprehended about five hours later in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas, more than 70 miles from the scene, Bryant said.
The suspect, identified as Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was pursued to a house in Lancaster by officers, including a local SWAT team. Routh again try to flee in a vehicle but was stopped about 9 p.m. after spikes were laid across a road, Bryant said.
However, despite reports Routh may suffer from PTSD,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the motive of the shooting remained unclear, Bryant said. “Not a clue; absolutely no idea.”
WFAA/Channel 8 quoted unnamed sources as saying that Kyle of Midlothian and a neighbor had taken Routh on an outing to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. Routh turned on the men and shot them in the back, the report added. However, the sheriff said he could not confirm how the victims were shot.
Earlier today MSNBC’s Breaking News site posted this on Twitter via the AP:
Seems odd to me…hope it wasn’t planned out….I’m not big on conspiracy theories but there are some who already think something doesn’t sound right.
However, according to friends, Routh suffered PTSD and first fled to his sisters house, confessed to the killings and then he went home, while she called 911.
The Dallas News reports:
Police were contacted by Routh’s sister and brother-in-law after Routh told them what he had done. When they arrived to Routh’s home in Lancaster to arrest him and saw Kyle’s pickup truck at the home, Routh tried to flee in the pickup. The brief pursuit ended in an arrest near Interstate 35 and Camp Wisdom Road around 8:34 p.m.
Routh is currently unemployed, Bryant said. He could not confirm whether Routh was on medication or was diagnosed with PTSD.
Routh’s mother, who is a teacher, may have contacted Kyle to “help her son,” Bryant said at the press conference. “We have an idea that that’s why they were at the range, for some kind of therapy that Mr. Kyle assists people with.”
Routh, 25, was arrested on two counts of murder and one count of capital murder, according to Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Routh, a former Marine and Iraqi War veteran, is believed to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Investigators say that he shot Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at point-blank range around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Stephenville Empire-Tribune is reporting that Routh is being held on a $3 million bond.
Police later found a semi-automatic handgun at his home.
According to a Reuters report:
Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Routh was unemployed and “may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself,” but he didn’t know if Routh was on any medication.
“I don’t know that we’ll ever know. He’s the only one that knows that,” Upshaw said.
I don’t understand the concept of taking someone who suffers from PTSD to a shooting range, especially if they are as mentally unstable as this guy was?
Has anyone heard of this type of therapy before?
Considering his mental condition, I hope Kyle wasn’t mislead and led to believe Routh was someone he could trust with his life and let his guard down, which seems to be the case. While not all Veteran’s who suffer from PTSD are prone to act violent and go on a shooting spree like this, we need to know more about his state of mind and possible motive for the shooting, which police still have no answers.
Also according to Reuters, a posting on a website run by members of the Special Operations Forces community, Kyle had been volunteering his time to help Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD and mentoring them.
“Part of this process involved taking these veterans to the range,” said the posting on SOFREP.com.
WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the two men had taken Routh to the shooting range for the day to help him deal with his PTSD.
In January 2012, the Cleburne Times-Review reported that Routh of Lancaster was arrested in Johnson county on a DWI charge. Public records showed Routh previously lived in Camp LeJeune, N.C., site of a major Marine base.
Kyle, 38, and Littlefield,35 were at the gun range on Saturday afternoon for charity event on behalf of Kyle’s Dallas-based security firm Craft International, when they were shot and killed.
Kyle was dedicated to helping veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He helped found FITCO Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided in-home fitness equipment to veterans with PTSD.
“Our foundation, FITCO Cares, this country and most importantly, his wife Taya and their children, lost a dedicated father and husband, a lifelong patriot and an American hero,” Travis Cox, director of the non-profit, wrote in a statement released on Sunday morning.
“Chris died doing what he filled his heart with passion – serving soldiers struggling with the fight to overcome PTSD,” the statement reads. “His service, life and premature death will never be in vain.”
It is not known whether any alcohol or drugs were involved in the shooting. Perhaps Routh was on some anti-psychotic for his PTSD or some other medication or had been drinking that day as well? However, I doubt someone as professional as Chris Kyle would allow someone to be intoxicated while going target shooting.
While many suspect something other than the PTSD for the shooting, there are some who have their doubts about this administration and their attack on our second amendment rights in the past month. In addition, to this administrations attacks on our second amendment rights, many doubt Obama’s loyalty to our military and our veteran’s because of recent cuts in their combat pay, health benefits and pensions. Instead, Obama has been known to use our military as a photo-op to push his political agenda.
In example, following the death of nearly 20 SEALs in Afghanistan in 2011, some believe this administration failed to properly investigate the cause of their deaths and like the Benghazi tragedy in September 2012, believe the administration didn’t do enough to prevent it or investigate the reason so many SEALs were on board a Chinook helicopter to rescue fellow soldiers.
Under the Obama administration at least 31 active duty SEALS have been killed in combat. Chris Kyle is the first veteran SEAL killed in the US by a member of the US Marines. In addition, Chris Kyle is the third high profile firearms business owner killed suddenly and mysteriously over the past month since the Obama administration began it’s war on our 2nd Amendment rights.
The following is a list of United States Navy UDT/SEALs who have laid down their lives since Sen Barack Obama became President:
RIP To America’s Bravest and Greatest Heroes…
Rank, Name, Date of Death, KIA or KIT, Location.
SO1 Nicolas D. Checque, 12/8/2012, KIA, Afghanistan.
SO1 Kevin R. Ebbert, 11/24/2012, KIA, Afghanistan.
SO2 Matthew G. Kantor, KIA, 11/1/2012, Afghanistan.
KIA 8/16/2012, Helicopter Crash, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
SO1 Patrick D. Feeks.
SO2 David J. Warsen.
SO1 Caleb A. Nelson, 10/1/2011, KIA, Afghanistan.
KIA 8/6/2011, CH-47 Downed by Enemy Fire, Afghanistan:
LCDR Jonas B. Kelsall.
SOCM Louis J. Langlais.
SOCS Thomas A. Ratzlaff.
SOCS Heath M. Robinson.
SOC Brian R. Bill.
SOC Christopher G. Campbell.
SOC John W. Faas.
SOC Kevin A. Houston.
SOC Matthew D. Mason.
SOC Stephen M. Mills.
SOC Robert J. Reeves.
SOC Jason R. Workman.
SO1 Darrik C. Benson.
SO1 Jon T. Tumilson.
SOC Aaron C. Vaughn.
SO1 Jesse D. Pittman.
SO2 Nicholas P. Spehar.
KIA 9/21/2010, Blackhawk Crash, Afghanistan:
LT Brendan J. Looney.
SO2 Adam O. Smith.
SO3 Denis C. Miranda.
SOC Collin T. Thomas, 8/18/2010, KIA, Afghanistan.
SOC Adam L. Brown, 3/17/2010, KIA, Afghanistan.
SO2 Ronald T. Woodle, 2/16/2010, KIT, Key West, FL.
SO2 Ryan Job, 9/24/2009, died in surgery to repair combat wounds received in Iraq on 8/2/2006.
SOC Eric F. Shellenberger, 5/7/2009, KIT, Keyport, WA.
Lastly, in another example of hate and intolerance liberals have towards our military and heroic Veteran’s like Chris Kyle, liberals on the social network Twitter are celebrating the murder of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. This is how they thank and remember those who served their country and died while defending their freedoms.
According to the Examiner:
While many in the country mourned his loss, Twitchy reported Sunday that a number of anti-gun liberals on Twitter mocked and celebrated his murder.
“I am absolutely against guns being used for any reason, but in the matter of Chris Kyle, I’d have to say it was poetic justice,” one person wrote.
“All u hypocrites can miss me with the Chris Kyle American Sniper sympathy bulls**t, I call his death karma. Feel for his family not him,” said another user on Twitter.
“Chris Kyle was killed at a gun how ironic lol live by the gun die by the gun now I really believe he had it coming to him,” said”Patricia.”
“[O]h the irony! lol,” added ”GrantT.”
A number of Twitter users called his murder “karma,” while many, like “GrantT,” apparently thought Kyle’s murder was something to laugh about.