A Sniper's Misfire Hurts his Family

by Will

Liberty Minute August 1 2014

As a military sniper, the late Chris Kyle earned notoriety by killing people from the shadows, striking at them from a distance and then disappearing.  In his memoir, American Sniper, Kyle attempted the literary version of that tactic on Jesse Ventura ? and now his family is suffering the fallout from his misfire.

In his memoir Kyle claimed to have confronted Ventura, a former Navy frogman and critic of U.S. foreign policy, in a bar following a Navy SEAL funeral. Supposedly furious over disparaging comments Ventura made about the deceased and his friends, Kyle slugged the much older man and then ran away before the police arrived.

That story was never corroborated, and now a jury in Minnesota has found that it was a conscious, malicious falsehood that damaged Ventura?s reputation. The jury awarded Ventura $1.8 million in damages, which will be paid by Kyle?s estate out of profits from his best-selling book.

It?s bad enough to tell the world that you sucker-punched a senior citizen then ran away ? but lying about doing so is a mystifying bit of bullying braggadocio. Given that Kyle traded on his association with the Navy SEALs, his behavior makes one wonder why the SEALs didn?t file their own defamation suit against him.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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