Palin mourns former Navy SEAL killed at gun range
February 3rd, 2013
11:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin mourns former Navy SEAL killed at gun range

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke out Sunday about the death of Chris Kyle, who was killed at a Texas gun range Saturday.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle tonight," Palin said in a statement posted on her Facebook page.

She explained that she and her husband, Todd, first met Kyle in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of "The Undefeated," a documentary about Palin that debuted in June 2011.

"Later we became friends with Chris when he was on 'Stars Earn Stripes' with Todd," she said, referring to the NBC reality show in which competitors took on missions based on military exercises.

"Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably," she continued. "He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten."

Police arrested suspect Eddie Ray Routh, 25, after a brief pursuit. He is facing two counts of capital murder, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Like Palin, Kyle, 38, was a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights and opposed recent calls for an assault weapons ban and limits on firearms.

He wrote the best-selling autobiography "American Sniper." In it, he declared himself the "most lethal sniper in U.S. history" and claimed more than 150 sniper killings in Iraq, which he described as a record for any American. He said insurgents placed a bounty on his head and nicknamed him "the devil."

Kyle served four combat tours in Iraq and received two Silver Stars, among other commendations. He left the Navy in 2009.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, John Branch, AnneClaire Stapleton, and Josh Levs contributed to this report.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Sarah Palin
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Why is Sarah Palin feeling sorry worth a headline?

    February 3, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. nothing new here

    People that live by the sword tend to die the same way.
    So to speak....

    February 3, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. catheryn

    Anything to keep her name in the news, but on the other hand she has a right to post what ever she choice" and I am glad she did tell the family and friend's of this brave former soldier and the other man family and friend's her compassion and love. every time I get ready to say she is all about her self, she some time go and prove me wrong, I am woman enough to admit when I am wrong.

    February 3, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah Palin
    I hope Palin do the right thing joining against the gun violence

    February 3, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Awed

    Who is Sarah Palin, and why should I care what she blogs about?

    February 3, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. nothing new here

    My issue is not with law-abiding gun owners.
    My issue is with a government that would rather waste billions $$$$ on this stupid war on drugs, than to deal with hardened criminals roaming the streets.
    A low-level drug user can face stiff fines and a long jail sentence. But dangerous, career criminals are often given nothing more than a lenient sentence, a slap on the wrist. When will this country start getting for real?

    February 3, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Skae

    Steve – My thoughts exactly. Sarah WHO?

    When will the damn media realize she is no longer relevant? Shame on you CNN. Slow news day??

    February 3, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. ted

    Hey CNN – slow news day? You really had to find out what Palin thinks about this? Who cares? how about all the people dying on the streets of gang violence – does Palin have anything to say about that? probably not. Can she just go back to her double wide in Wasilla?

    February 3, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. WhereIsPalin

    Facebook and Twitter are Palin's only outlet now. Don't bring her here anymore.

    February 3, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. a little sad

    catheryn

    "Anything to keep her name in the news, but on the other hand she has a right to post what ever she choice" and I am glad she did tell the family and friend's of this brave former soldier and the other man family and friend's her compassion and love. every time I get ready to say she is all about her self, she some time go and prove me wrong, I am woman enough to admit when I am wrong."

    You're joking, right? She is trying to seem relevant by co-opting the death of a brave veteran. This isn't a new low, but it is completely consistent with the usual sewer she swims in.

    February 3, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What about Gabby Giffords, Palin never made any headline statement about her nor did anyone in her family, in fact they only expressed they were the ones feeling threatened.

    February 3, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. rs

    While obviously tragic, this sort of calls into question the GOP/NRA's theory about "good guys with guns". If "America's greatest sniper" cannot protect himself with a gun what chance do the rest of us have.

    Of course the NRA idea is Malarky- they just won't admit it.

    As to Ms. Palin-now you know how it feels when someone you know or care about dies from senseless gun violence. Welcome to the club.

    February 3, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. confused

    My main wonder, is why every lib is looking at this as a Palin article, instead of the reason of the article. Retired sniper and friend gunned down by 25 y/o punk. Yet another reason people listen to Rush: Not here to mourn , but because you cant look past the "hate" for a group of Americans (GOP in this case) and freely choose to ignore an author, 2nd Amendment supporter, and veteran, who is killed on his own soil, who protected the way of life, for some punk who took it for granted, and died by his hand.

    February 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |