Chris Kyle's Wife Gives Heart-Wrenching Speech at 2013 NRA Show

As a cowboy, Texan, husband, father, life saver, Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, Chris Kyle was a lot of things to a lot of people. Above all, perhaps, Kyle was an American hero in the fullest sense — flawed, yet passionately devoted to his God, country and family.

Just three short months after his tragic murder, Kyle's wife Taya spoke about him at the 2013 NRA show in Houston, Texas, before a large crowd of teary-eyed NRA members. With pictures from across the spectrum of his life and military service on the big screen behind her, Taya recounted the life of her husband — a war hero, friend to struggling veterans and father of two young children. She recounted something he told her in January shortly before his death.

"Chris told me, 'I would love for people to think of me as a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for veterans, someone who cared so much about them that he wanted them taken care of.' Well, Chris, well done babe. You did it," Taya said, wiping tears from her eyes amid the applause of the crowd.

Kyle undoubtedly left a legacy of self-sacrifice in the cause of conviction, something Taya said should give us all courage to stand and fight not only for the Second Amendment, but for all of our rights. With the right to bear arms comes the responsibility to defend our freedom, even at great personal cost. From the battlefields of Ramadi to his native soil of Texas, Kyle knew the cost intimately.


"From the days of Cain and Abel, we know all too well there will always be evil," Taya said. "But that evil shouldn't take away our freedoms. In fact, the only way to defeat evil is by taking advantage of our freedoms."


I would encourage you to watch the video, and as you do, consider Kyle's life in the words of his widow: "He was an everyday boy who did the best he could at what he loved, and he grew into an everyday man, loving his God, his country and loving his family." We may not all be heroes in the eyes of the world, but we each have the opportunity to make a difference for others in some everyday way. Be that kind of hero today.

http://youtu.be/dUGCtUiVlcQ

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Tom Beckstrand and Neal Emery of Hornady highlight the 6MM Creedmoor ammo.

A New Season of G&A TV

A New Season of G&A TV

In this new season of Guns & Ammo TV, we introduce two new series and bring back a viewer favorite - Camera's Don't Lie. We look at long-range tech and see how to make shots previously thought impossible. Next we visit ISS Prop House in Hollywood.

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - 94 WINCHESTER

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - 94 WINCHESTER

Joe Mantegna talks about the origins of the 94 Winchester rifle.

Armscor Semi-Auto Shotguns

Armscor Semi-Auto Shotguns

We look at the new shotguns from Armscor - the VR80 and the brand new bullpup VRBP100.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

A guide on how to pair .223 and 5.56 NATO rifle barrel twist rates with bullet weights. Conventional wisdom says slower twist rates wouldn't properly-stabilize a heavy bullet. On the other hand, faster rates could over-stabilize lighter bullets. This is correct in theory, however, modern ballisticians have all but debunked the over-stabilization theory. All things being equal, it is better to have too much twist than not enough. How-To

Pairing Barrel Twist Rates with Bullets for .223 and 5.56 NATO

Keith Wood - November 17, 2018

A guide on how to pair .223 and 5.56 NATO rifle barrel twist rates with bullet weights....

How-To

9 Commonly Misused Gun Terms

Kyle Wintersteen

"Assault weapon." Sixteen-round "clip." A box of "bullets." When it comes to guns and gun...

Check out these great options for Dad on Father's Day! Accessories

2019 Guns & Ammo Father's Day Gift Guide

G&A Digital Staff - May 07, 2019

Check out these great options for Dad on Father's Day!

Reminiscing on another great American lever action. Rifles

Review: Savage Model 99

Craig Boddington - February 11, 2019

Reminiscing on another great American lever action.

See More Trending Articles

More Industry

Guns & Ammo Magazine has honored the Aimpoint Acro P-1 with their Optic of The Year Award for 2019. Industry

Aimpoint Acro P-1 Guns & Ammo 2019 Optic of the Year

Aimpoint - January 28, 2020

Guns & Ammo Magazine has honored the Aimpoint Acro P-1 with their Optic of The Year Award for...

A doorbell video in Arlington Heights, IL, caught two armed robbers wearing medical masks and gloves attempting to invade a home in an incident that left one dead and the other under arrest. Industry

Doorbell Video Captures IL Home Invasion

Guns & Ammo Digital Staff - April 10, 2020

A doorbell video in Arlington Heights, IL, caught two armed robbers wearing medical masks and...

Marlin is celebrating 150 years of the American Hunter with 150th Anniversary editions of the Model 444, Model 60 and ammunition. Industry

Marlin Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Guns & Ammo Digital Staff - April 10, 2020

Marlin is celebrating 150 years of the American Hunter with 150th Anniversary editions of the...

Everest, the first, online multi-merchant marketplace for the hunting, fishing and outdoor worlds has announced their new program to build loyalty and engagement for Everest shoppers. Industry

Everest Caliber Program: Building Community Through Consumer Engagement and Loyalty

Guns & Ammo Digital Staff - April 22, 2020

Everest, the first, online multi-merchant marketplace for the hunting, fishing and outdoor...

See More Industry

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now