(Fox News) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is declaring Feb. 2 as "Chris Kyle Day" in his state, honoring the late sniper as a petition drive also gets underway to consider him for the Medal of Honor.
Kyle, considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, is the subject of the blockbuster film "American Sniper."
Though the movie has been controversial, Abbott told Fox News he decided to honor Kyle because “he’s an American hero.”
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“He had the guts to stand up and defend this country,” Abbott, a Republican governor, told Fox News on Monday.