Libertarian Org on ‘American Sniper’: No Difference Between Chris Kyle & Adam Lanza

By AWR Hawkins

Chris Kyle, Adam Lanza
American hero Chris Kyle (Left), School Shooter that killed his own mother, Adam Lanza (Right)
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  On January 28 2015, The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) vice president, Sheldon Richman, reacted to American Sniper by writing that Chris Kyle “was no hero” and that he really couldn’t see a difference between Kyle’s actions and those of Adam Lanza.

Richman, who is also the editor of FFS’s monthly journal Future of Freedom, wrote,  “Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer.”

He then went on to say “American Sniper” has opened the door to discussion and he recounted some particulars about Kyle:

Let’s recall some facts, which perhaps Eastwood thought were too obvious to need mention: Kyle was part of an invasion force: Americans went to Iraq. Iraq did not invade America or attack Americans. Dictator Saddam Hussein never even threatened to attack Americans. Contrary to what the George W. Bush administration suggested, Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Before Americans invaded Iraq, Al Qaeda was not there. Nor was it in Syria, Yemen, and Libya.

The only reason Kyle went to Iraq was that Bush/Cheney & Co. launched a war of aggression against the Iraqi people.

Richman wrote more, but you get the point.

In concluding, he questioned how conservatives can honor Kyle since “he eagerly and expertly killed whomever the government told him to kill.” Richman wants to know how killing for a government in this fashion squares with “limited government” principles or “heroism.”

Then comes the clincher:

Excuse me, but I have trouble seeing an essential difference between what Kyle did in Iraq and what Adam Lanza did at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It certainly was not heroism.

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rogue scholar
rogue scholar
6 years ago

When I was in training in 1968 at Ft. Jackson S.C. I was asked if I would like to go through sniper training. I thought about it and declined the invitation. I was born with the ability to shoot accurately and I enjoyed bird hunting. Quail hunting is my idea of a challenging target, but shooting somebody in the back with a 30.06 with the aid of a high powered scope doesn’t seem very sporting. It’s a moral and ethical barrier for me.

RD
RD
6 years ago

I’m libertarian, but I see absolutely no similarity between Kyle and Lanza or between Iraq and Sandy Hook. You don’t blame warriors for waging a war started by their government. Following orders isn’t an excuse for murdering civilians like Nazis did or like My Lai. Kyle did nothing remotely like that.

Mr Brett
Mr Brett
6 years ago
Reply to  RD

Good post. When I take that quiz to see which party suits me best, the answer is Libertarian. I was baffled and disgusted when I read the article. I tried to go directly to the source but the site is down. Maybe, hopefully there’s some housecleaning going on… but it could be they are being overwhelmed by people like me who couldn’t believe it.

CDR C
CDR C
6 years ago

“he military is sworn to uphold the Constitution and to follow orders of those appointed above them even if the people higher up the Chain of Command (such as the President) refuse to support that very document.” Not quite. The Oath’s for Enlisted and Officers are similar, and share the phrase ” ….I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;…” The Enlisted Oath has “…..and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the… Read more »

Bob Sadtler
Bob Sadtler
6 years ago

This Richman clown is the one comparable to Lanza. He is a deeply disturbed individual who needs intense counseling and close supervision. He belongs in a padded room.

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

Fighting Islam is a farce designed to keep money following into the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned was taking over. It furnishes an excuse to keep taxes and government debt high. “…armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instrument for bringing the many under the domination of the few.” is how James Madison put it. Listen to Patrick Henry. He warned of the dangers lurking in the constitution. Below are selected, relevant excerpts from Henry’s speech arguing against adoption of the constitution titled “Shall Liberty or Empire Be Sought?”: “A standing army we shall have, also, to execute… Read more »

JMXG
JMXG
6 years ago
Reply to  Darren

Well said and sourced. I would not go so far as the Lanza comparison, but Richman’s point is largely correct. There is a selflessness and nobility to most of the young men who join the American armed forces, but these fine qualities are being perverted and redirected towards sinister ends so that those most desperate and willing to do good are fooled by the corrupt and powerful into doing evil and squandering their lives. The state touches nothing that it does not poison.

Outlaw
Outlaw
6 years ago

This is the most ridiculous article I have ever seen. It just goes to show you that morons are amount us.

Martin
Martin
6 years ago

As a manifestation of governmental policy, soldiers are the easy target. First of all, in a system such as ours, the military is sworn to uphold the Constitution and to follow orders of those appointed above them even if the people higher up the Chain of Command (such as the President) refuse to support that very document.
But to compare soldiers such as Chris Kyle to a murderer such as Adam Lanza is a serious stretch of the imagination. This person, Richman, obviously has no real job and is a supporter of the Michael Moore school of politics.

a
a
6 years ago
Reply to  Martin

It’s really easy to discredit someone by saying they belong to the “Michael Moore school of politics,” but if you took the time to realize that there are opinions outside the right-left paradigm you seem to subscribe to, you would know that the man who wrote the article was a libertarian who believes in small government in all aspects. Michael Moore touts socialism, libertarians certainly don’t.

a
a
6 years ago
Reply to  Martin

It’s really easy to discredit someone by saying they belong to the “Michael Moore school of politics,” but if you took the time to realize that there are opinions outside the right-left paradigm you seem to subscribe to, you would know that the man who wrote the article was a libertarian who believes in small government in all aspects. Michael Moore touts socialism, libertarians certainly don’t.

Chip Saunders
Chip Saunders
6 years ago

Thanks for giving space to FFF’s point of view on this. It needs to spread. Far too many people refuse to think critically about the nature of government employment.

Mike the Limey
Mike the Limey
6 years ago
Reply to  Chip Saunders

Far too many people refuse to accept that soldiers of all types were operating in Iraq under lawful orders.
Criticism should be levelled at the politicians, not the soldiers who are doing their duty, or do you think they should refuse to obey any orders that some random person or organisation objects to?

Darren
Darren
6 years ago
Reply to  Mike the Limey

Mike, the “just following orders” defense didn’t work for Nazis after WW II & it doesn’t work for US troops today. “…law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” wrote Thomas Jefferson. Law doesn’t override morality. From private to president, if they participate in an aggressive war they are criminals.

Metoo
Metoo
6 years ago
Reply to  Darren

So US soldiers in Iraq shooting armed combatants are the equivalent of Nazi soldiers forcing innocent (other than being the wrong religion) women and children into gas chambers? Just clarifying.

TEX
TEX
6 years ago

Statements like these use to piss me off bad ! Not anymore ! These type statements are in total desperation from irrelevant people who dont mean shart !

Janek
Janek
6 years ago

Sounds like you don’t have much of a future if you align yourself with The Future of Freedom Foundation.