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.
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
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) February 4, 2013
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 tweet on the death of former Navy Seal, Chris Kyle:"Live by the sword - die by the sword." That "sword" preserved our freedom.
— Missy Roth (@Mmr340) February 5, 2013
therightscoop.com/ron-paul-on-na... I wonder if Ron Paul's disgraceful tweet was designed to make Rand seem sane by comparison.
— John LaRosa (@jslconsulting) February 5, 2013
— Bert Powers (@bertly71) February 5, 2013
I hope Ron Paul does not run his own twitter account, because this tweet is not only despicable-- it's deeply ignorant. buff.ly/UStUET
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 4, 2013
Ron Paul should apologize immediately to the family of Chris Kyle for his insensitive tweet re: the Navy Seal's death.
— David Carter (@dccarter2010) February 4, 2013
Ron Paul's idiot tweet about SEAL sniper's death: 'He who lives by the sword dies by the sword'. SMH
— Diana (@Diana_Boaldin) February 5, 2013
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
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.