I just can't get my head around why anyone (in this case 2) would take someone they know is suffering from war related PTSD and referred to them as "nuts" to a gun range, and hand them a loaded weapon? Since when is mixing crazy people with guns a good idea?
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Driving to a shooting range with his would-be assassin in the back seat of his pickup, American Sniper Chris Kyle sent a text message to friend Chad Littlefield, sitting next to him in the front seat.
"This dude is straight-up nuts," the text read, referring to Eddie Ray Routh.
Littlefield replied: "He's right behind me, watch my six," military slang meaning, "Watch my back."
A few hours later, both men were dead on the dirt floor of the shooting range at the Rough Creek Lodge and Resort near Fort Worth, shot more than 12 times in the back, hands and face by Routh, an Iraq War veteran struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoia.
There's enough crazy to go around in this tragedy to jolt Americans back to the reality that our "gun and violence" crazed society is the real culprit here.
Consider this. There are more than 2 victims here. On one hand we praise and glorify one of the victims for stuffing a record breaking number of body bags with human beings; turning that into a blockbuster movie hit, while at the same time vilifying his killer for bagging 2 human beings and wanting to lock him away for the rest of his life.