Ron Paul Tweet on Chris Kyle Death Sparks Controversy

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Former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is stirring up controversy with a Tweet about the death of Chris Kyle over the weekend.

Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL who authored the best-selling American Sniper about his tours of duty in Iraq, was shot dead with a friend over the weekend.

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Eddie Ray Routh, who admits killing Kyle, is said to be a PTSD-suffering former Marine Chris was trying to help by taking him shooting at a hunting range.

Ron Paul had this to say on Twitter Monday:

"Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that 'he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.' Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense."

Paul opposes gun control, saying after the Newtown shooting that "more guns equals less crime" and that "private gun ownership prevents many shootings."

He also opposes U.S. military interventionism.

Kyle, also an outspoken gun-rights advocate, earned a reputation as one of the top snipers in military history, so Paul's Tweet was not well received by many.

Later, he tried to explain on Facebook, writing:

"As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend's violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle's family."

"Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies."

That not-quite-apology didn't do the trick for some critics, and even some of those close to Ron Paul tried to distance themselves somewhat.

His son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), said in a statement:

"Chris Kyle was a hero like all Americans who don the uniform to defend our country. Our prayers are with his family during this tragic time."

One undisputed fact? For better of for worse, this is the genuine Ron Paul, a man who doesn't shy away from speaking his mind, even if it's controversial.

Paul has long opposed American military action. That's not news.

Nor is he necessarily wrong. But what some see as contempt for the men and women who carry out the missions he opposes is a different story.

What do you think of Ron's Tweet? Is he just speaking his mind and saying what a lot of people are thinking? Or was it ill-timed or even offensive?


Ron Paul is in very good company. .... Here is USMC Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor, speaking in 1933: "War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses." .... And here is General Douglas MacArthur: "It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear." .... From an early age, we Americans are trained to put our faith in war -- in death and destruction. This gratuitous addiction to war-making is ruinous for our country: We are indeed "dying by the sword", all of us. .... Freedom is something to live for, not something to kill and be killed for. We defend freedom by finding the courage to exercise our rights, here at home, especially our right to speak out against war and corruption.


"...truth is seldom pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter."-Alexander Solzhenitsyn Ron Paul's comment may have seemed heartless, but it is true none-the-less; unpleasantly true. RIP Chris Kyle; your death was truly tragic. God bless your willingness to help a hurting vet!


the man is a Christian?


It is a shame to see these things happen, but to take that and turn it on Ron Paul because he says what is on his mind is just not right. I think its sad that Ron felt he had to defend himself from a statement he made which isn't that far off from the truth. My Prayers go out to Kyles family and friends


"Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that 'he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.' Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense." Train to kill, hone those skills, mind and memory falling ill, can not escape, inside trapped gates, PTSD give pills to take, the murder seen, with hands unclean, and they think it's fine to give back family dreams, but the blood is still red, other families still dead, such a sin are the lies whom lay choices to bed. Ron Paul told us the truth about everything he's experienced in his life. Most Americans can not deal with someone telling them the truth. That is why they find comfort in the dark of politics... Bringing a soldier with PTSD to a firing range should not be a way to integrate back into regular population.


Like to see some of you guys defend this country like he did. Its ok to let him risk his life in combat so you guys can sit here trash talk him and talk about freedom of speech. I have an idea. Grab a gun and defend this country. Cowards


Sad when you can't speak your mind and say what no one wants hear for fear of offending some over sensitive D-bags. While Chris Kyle's actions were admirable they obviously were not well thought out. Thanks Dr. Paul for always being honest. Sucks to lose such a strong advocate of gun rights and a patriot. He will surely be missed.


What Ron Paul tweeted is the harsh truth. We as Americans are responsible for exporting an enormous amount of violence around the world. Much of that violence finds a way back to America and it's people. Call it cause and effect or simply Karma.

@ pacificist

Harsh truth is...You will let somone else risk there life in order to give you freedom of speech. You sir a keyboard warrior and a coward. It is fine for a solider to risk his life and put his life through hell. So you can sit here and tweet freedom of speech and the harsh truth.

@ Totems

Totems, hursh thruth is that your country is raping the rest of the world so you can be a keyboard warrior or freedom fighter or whatever...Let the world be a better place, for you and for the entire human race...

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