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Ron Paul SEAL Tweet; ‘Live By The Tweet, Die By The Tweet’ Lesson For Libertarian Icon

By iDigitalTimes Staff on February 5, 2013 9:50 AM EST 0

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Ron Paul caused a stir with a controversial tweet about Chris Kyle. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Ron Paul SEAL tweet controversy is heading into high gear as news of the former politician's tweet about murdered ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle spreads across the Internet. Here's the Ron Paul SEAL tweet that's causing an uproar online.

Kyle was murdered by Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran struggling with PTSD who had been taken to a shooting range by Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American history, as part of an outreach program called Fitco Cares that is designed to help soldiers with mental illnesses cope with daily life. Routh turned his gun on Kyle and another man while at the range. Ron Paul's SEAL tweet questioned the practice of taking a man with PTSD to a gun range, but Kelly previously said in an interview with TownHall.com that he thinks the shooting range is a natural fit for soldiers.

"A lot of people are asking why are you taking somebody who is struggling out to go shooting? Well shooting for guys like us in the military is a very, very familiar skill set. It's like taking a basketball player out to shoot hoops, you know? So shooting with military veterans who are trying to readjust can be very healing and Chris really used that well to his advantage to help people," said Kelly.

Initially, people assumed that the Ron Paul SEAL tweet came from an intern or staffer, but Paul's office has confirmed that he has been in charge of his Twitter handle since leaving office. This means that he is getting to see all of the Twitter hate coming his way in the wake of the infamous Ron Paul SEAL tweet. Here's what some people are saying about the tweet.

Ron Paul's SEAL tweet has caused a fair amount of outrage, so much so that the former Congressman took to his Facebook page to respond to all of the criticism he is receiving. In typical Ron Paul style, he does not offer to withdraw or apologize for his comments, but used the attention to discuss the tenets of his Libertarian views:

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. - REP

This comment has already drawn more than 2,700 responses in the 14 hours it has been posted to his page.

Ron Paul's son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, tried to do some damage control with a statement to Breitbart News.

"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," he said.

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