Filmmaker Michael Moore got called out by a real American sniper on Monday after he claimed snipers are “cowards” and “aren’t heroes.”
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Nick Irving told Elisabeth Hasselbeck that Moore didn’t deserve a response from him, but he offered one anyway.
“I don’t think he deserves the breath that I’m about to give,” he said. “But I’ll just say, Michael Moore, he wasn’t there in Afghanistan and last time I checked he’s never shot anybody with a scoped rifle. So I don’t think he deserves the breath that comes out of me right now.”
From the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas:
A Tribute to Chris Kyle
Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle was a US Navy SEAL and known as one of the most decorated snipers in American history. He was a veteran and a warrior, but many knew him as an extremely loving husband and father. “The best way to describe Chris,” his wife, Taya, says, “is extremely multifaceted”.
It began as a sculpture to honor all SEALs. In the end, it will resemble just one — the reported deadliest sniper in American military history.
Greg Marra started crafting a 400-pound clay visage of a Navy SEAL intending to offer the finished product to either the Navy SEAL Foundation or the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Fla. But in early February, he got a call from friend and promoter E.F. “Gene” Sweeney.
“The model needs to be Chris Kyle,” Sweeney told Marra.
Kyle, a former chief special warfare operator, died on a Texas gun range Feb. 2; police said the SEAL and a friend were shot and killed by a former Marine whom Kyle reportedly had been helping deal with post-traumatic stress.
Kyle’s 160 confirmed kills — unconfirmed kills could push that figure past 250 — are the most in U.S. military history. He earned two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with “V” devices, among other decorations, according to Navy personnel records.
Marra worked about a month to tailor his statue to the man behind those numbers.
“Greg put his hands in the clay Feb. 4, and they’ve been there ever since,” said Sweeney, executive director of business affairs at American Patriots in Art and a former Air Force member, in a March 7 interview.
Instead of offering the reworked sculpture to special-operator organizations, Marra decided to donate it to Tara Kyle, the sniper’s widow.
Chris Kyle, former Navy SEAL and author of the New York Times bestseller American Sniper, was one of two victims killed in a shooting at a Texas gun range Saturday.
Kyle reportedly achieved 160 kills as a sniper in the Navy SEALs. His author profile at Amazon.com summarizes the extensive decorations he received while serving:
SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.
The shooting occurred in Erath County, Texas, some 50 miles from Fort Worth.
UPDATE: A close friend tells Breitbart News that Chris Kyle was at a veterans’ charity event, helping a fellow military member learn sniper shooting technique, and that he was shot by a Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. The suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, has been arrested in Lancaster, Texas in connection with the shooting.
A young cowboy from Texas who joined the elite US Navy Seals became the most deadly sniper in American history. In a book published this month he provides an unusual insight into the psychology of a soldier who waits, watches and kills.
As US forces surged into Iraq in 2003, Chris Kyle was handed a sniper rifle and told to watch as a marine battalion entered an Iraqi town.
A crowd had come out to greet them. Through the scope he saw a woman, with a child close by, approaching his troops. She had a grenade ready to detonate in her hand.
“This was the first time I was going to have to kill someone. I didn’t know whether I was going to be able to do it, man, woman or whatever,” he says.
“You’re running everything through your mind. This is a woman, first of all. Second of all, am I clear to do this, is this right, is it justified? And after I do this, am I going to be fried back home? Are the lawyers going to come after me saying, ‘You killed a woman, you’re going to prison’?”
But he didn’t have much time to debate these questions.
“She made the decision for me, it was either my fellow Americans die or I take her out.”
He pulled the trigger.
Kyle remained in Iraq until 2009. According to official Pentagon figures, he killed 160 people, the most career sniper kills in the history of the US military. His own estimate is much higher, at 255 kills.
According to army intelligence, he was christened “The Devil” by Iraqi insurgents, who put a $20,000 (£13,000) bounty on his head.
Married with two children, he has now retired from the military and has published a book in which he claims to have no regrets, referring to the people he killed as “savages”.