U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s legacy lives on.
Over 700 Texas educators attended a free concealed handgun licensing class Saturday originally organized by “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle before his death in February.
The Dallas Morning News reported Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn worked with Kyle to create the class for school safety with Texas teachers and staff after the December tragedy in Newton, Conn.
“It went from 20 to 30 teachers to the more than 700 we have here today,” Waybourn told the paper. “It just exploded with Chris’ involvement.”
According to the article, some of the 750 attendees came for the concealed carry permit, others came to pay their respects to the murdered American hero.
“It’s a feeling of completing the vision Chris and I had, and though he’s missing, his essence is here,” Waybourn said in the report.
Kyle’s wife, Taya, and his younger brother, Jeff, spoke to the large crowd in the Kennedale High School auditorium.
“I’m not saying I think teachers should carry guns, but it’s important they are educated,” Jeff Kyle said according to the article. “Chris was about knowledge of firearms and helping provide a sense of security for people.
According to the paper:
Before lunch, volunteers sold out of T-shirts with Kyle’s photo and philosophy printed across the front: “It is our duty to serve those who serve us.”
Proceeds from the shirts and Kyle’s autobiography American Sniper were earmarked for the Chris Kyle Memorial Fund, which supports the families of Kyle and Chad Littlefield, who was also killed at the gun range in February.