‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle Killed at Gun Range

Three shootings in the past year that involve high profile gun enthusiasts. Today, former Navy Seal and author of “American SniperChris Kyle and another man were killed at a gun range at the Rough Creek Resort and Lodge in Glen Rose, TX. Since this occurred in the late afternoon on Saturday, all the details are not yet in. However local police captured a suspect, Eddie Ray Routh. He was arrested just before 9 p.m. CST.

Chris Kyle’s book describes his life this way:

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

January 3rd of this year in Georgia, Kentucky resident Keith Ratliff was shot and killed in his home/office, surrounded by his always available weapons. Since no weapons were stolen, it is believed that it was a personal matter gone wrong. Ratliff was a firearms manufacturer, seller, and the manager of FPSRussia, one of the most viewed sites on YouTube. This murder was covered extensively by Addicting Info.

On May 2nd, 2012, in Kingman, AZ Richard Venola, the editor of Guns & Ammo magazine shot and killed a guest in his house with a high powered rifle after a dispute.

Richard Erick Venola

He is most quoted from this assessment of the Russian AK-47 assault rifle. “When it hits the fan I want a AK-47, when Western Civilization melts down, I want a AK-47, If I am sent to another Planet and could take only one thing with me, It will be a AK-47. Because it will never stop working”

McAllister is a life long liberal, environmentalist, Eagle Scout, and even gun owner – born in Harlan, Kentucky and has lived in Southern California, New York City and now resided in Lexington, Kentucky as a Systems Analyst. His grandfathers helped organize the coal fields of Eastern Kentucky and his father was a career long butcher and union representative.

You can read more of McAllister’s observations and opinions at Shoot From the Left Hip.