ron paul seal tweet Ron Paul's tweet after SEAL Chris Kyle's death draws ire onlineFormer Navy SEAL and star of NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes” Chris Kyle was killed over the weekend in Texas, when a former Marine who is said to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder shot Kyle and another man at a shooting range.

Kyle was volunteering to help veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress
disorder). Taking the veterans to the gun range was part of the program.

Former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul drew ire online Monday (Feb. 4) when he made a controversial tweet about the incident.

Paul writes, “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.”

The backlash was swift, calling Paul’s comment “disrespectful,” “offensive” and a “rush to judgment,” among other things.

Paul then elaborated on his tweet on his Facebook page, 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

What do you think, readers? Does Paul have a point? Or was he being disrespectful? Could it be both?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."