An American Hero

I don't get to interview legends every day. Today, I did.

By Ed Friedman (RSS)
February 7, 2012

I just interviewed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, author of the bestselling book “American Sniper.” Kyle is a genuinely nice guy and extremely modest. What’s more, he is donating 100 percent of his cut of the book’s profit to the families of fallen servicemen and to veterans’ charities.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Kyle is the most prolific sniper in American history, with 160 confirmed kills in Iraq. Despite holding that title (by a wide margin), he does not rank himself as the greatest sniper we’ve produced.

Carlos Hathcock was the greatest American sniper,” he said. “Just because you have more kills doesn’t make you better. The kills come because of the situation you’re in. I was presented with a lot of targets. The snipers in World War II were given more opportunities than anyone since. Hathcock used all the skills a sniper needs to know—stalking, concealing his movement, waiting for the right moment, etc.—better than anyone. That’s the real skill of being a sniper, not just the final moments of the shot.”

Beyond his service to our nation abroad, Kyle is also an NRA Life Member, though he did not join until he left the military. “After I left the military, I needed to be able to show I am 100 percent in favor of our right to keep and bear arms. Joining the NRA was the best way to show I care about gun rights.”

Check out the May issue of Shooting Illustrated (on newsstands April 17th) for the complete interview with Kyle. For now, we’ll leave you with a poignant statement from this true American hero: “No matter how much training you do, you can never simulate the emotion of combat. War is hell. You lose close friends—it sucks. But sometimes war is a necessary evil.”

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10 Responses to An American Hero

  1. John Toups says:

    Thanks for each one of the CK’s Chris. And of course, Carlos is King :)

  2. Julie Mallen says:

    For centuries we have had to fight and go to war to triumph over evil. There are real heros out there that you can read about and pray for their protection and happiness such as this artilce link…

    Thanks to brave dedicated men and women like Chris for their service to our people, Freedom is not FREE. It comes with the blood stained souls of the lives our people. So many lives lost through the tragedy of greed profited from endless wars

    Peace comes through Strength a strong military assures our nation that we shall not be over come by those who have no clue of freedoms gift.

    Defending life is the great commission of every true believer who cherishes the gift loaned to us from God of truly being alive. Those who serve and protect give US all the chance to appreciate the high cost gifts of liberty freedom and justice.

    War is hell the hand of tyranny only knows how to shoot for evil purpose to take what is not theirs. Where the hand of rightesosness s knows how to hit it’s intended trget evils intent on harning the innocent. Great article The right to bear Arms is part of why Peace Through Strength is preserved. The article reminded me of the classic favorite of mine Sergent York. God bless and keep al of our brave warriors safe as they answer tthe call to defend and protect!!!

    God has a King David out there some where and he will find his way into Gods perfect will if we al pray the price for our loving God to be invited into helping to govern the affairs of man. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and does not go where he is not invited to sup. A school without prayer crumbles with violence, a nation who has forgotten their God is destined to be destroyed. All it will take is for Godly men and women to do nothing for evils tyranny to prevail.

    Please pray for God to raise up Godly leaders to rise up. It is so very important for the future of all of our people across America and our world as a whole.

  3. Julie Mallen says:

    Sorry thought I had gotten all my typos!

  4. Gary says:

    Thank you for everything you have done for our great country from the bottom of my heart!

  5. John Williams says:

    Well said Julie!!!

  6. Mike Blash says:

    Thank you Chris Kyle and every brave serviceman/woman who protects our freedom. You are true heroes.

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  8. Mike O'Connor says:

    Chris, awesome story, haven’t been able to put the book down! This individual of a grateful nation can’t thank you enough for your service and valor!!
    God speed.

  9. jon says:

    I would agree with Kyle, Carlos Hathcock was the legand! Kyle would also probably point out that the spirit of the true battlefield roaming sniper creating “the valley of death” wherever they go, the true ghosts in the shadow, spirit of marksmanship is best held by US Marine Corps scout sniper program, and Gunny Carlos helped build that program during and after Viet Nam! Another great Marine more contemporary is MstSgt Neil Morris who led the Marine scout sniper program in the 90s! That being said, Kyle is true to the amazing spirit! And 300winmag is the way to go, that’s one thing to critizize Marines over is they still use the 308 in a bolt gun! They need a 300!
    Thankyou Chris Kyle for your truly selfless service!

  10. Les says:

    Hey Chris, A silver medal for valor should go to you and Taya for writing a book, now that takes guts.

    For how long could one be deployed without having shower?

    I suppose you’ll never look at beach balls the same way again…lol

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