Monday, February 04, 2013

When guns are around, people get shot

By Michael J.W. Stickings

And people get killed, including famous ex-military people:

A former Navy SEAL known for claiming a record number of sniper killings in Iraq was one of two men shot dead at a Texas gun range, allegedly at the hands of a fellow military veteran, officials say. 

Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling "American Sniper," and Chad Littlefield, also a veteran, were gunned down Saturday afternoon on the grounds of the expansive Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Glen Rose, Texas, southwest of Fort Worth, law enforcement officials said. 

About four hours afterward, and 90 miles from where those two men's bodies were found by a hunting guide, authorities arrested suspect Eddie Ray Routh, 25, on a capital murder warrant.

Of course, there's a lot to this story that isn't yet known. But you know we'll continue to be told that guns aren't the problem (even if they make killing a whole lot easier/likely) and that America's troops (in uniform or vets) are the greatest people on the planet and deserving of our hero-worship (many of them are good, courageous people, but a lot of them aren't).

Because America has a crazy gun culture, because jingoism runs rampant while the empire collapses, and because people don't learn a fucking thing.

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3 Comments:

  • So then move your fat ass out of my
    Gun loving country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:34 PM  

  • This, via Huffpost:
    re:
    >>Kyle told Fox News' Bill
    >>O'Reilly in January 2012 that he
    >>viewed his Iraqi victims as
    >>savages and didn't think of them
    >>as human beings.

    I shed no tears over the death of Chris Kyle. He is no hero to me. The fact is, the U.S. had no business invading Iraqi. We have the blood of over 1 million Iraqi men, women and children civilians on our hands. And for what? So we could steal Iraq's resources for Big Oil?
    I don't have any problems with the U.S. military. The problem I have is that America hasn't fought any necessary wars since 1945. We've killed millions of innocent people---and for no good reason.
    Chris Kyle was no hero to me.
    Now, Major Gen. Smedley Butler---THAT was a true American hero. Anyone who thinks war is "noble" needs to read his "War is a Racket" book.
    Oh, and to the Fox News wingnut, flag-waving, gun-worshipping crowd who claims to "support" the troops. If you want to support the military, then enlist. Otherwise, shut the fuck up.

    By Blogger Marc McDonald, at 9:25 PM  

  • The United States is no longer Free. We are all being held Hostage to the Whims of the Insane Gun Huggers and the $$$ centric NRA. They will fight to keep the spigots of money open and flowing to the Firearm Industry and the rivers of children's blood flowing in the streets.

    By Blogger Grung_e_Gene, at 2:42 PM  

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