Former presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a tweet Monday that blamed the Navy SEAL who was killed at a Texas gun range this weekend for his own death.
As Digital Journal reported, Chris Kyle was killed along with another veteran, Chad Littlefield. The two had arrived at the shooting range together Saturday with the suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran they were trying to help overcome PTSD.
The former Marine, Routh, turned his weapon on the other two men and shot them at close range, according to news accounts.
In response to the news, Paul, who served as an Air Force flight surgeon during the Vietnam War, tweeted: “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
Paul seemed to have quoted Matthew 26:52 "Put your sword back in its place,Jesus said to him,"for all who draw the sword will die by the sword."
Nevertheless,the tweet set off a chain reaction of outrage.
John Hudson (@HudsonIsHere)responded: @ronpaul ur an insensitive douche bag! My friend served this country and walked through hell to keep u safe! U ungrateful politician!#shame
Grady powell @gradylpowell tweeted: @RonPaul As a fellow soldier and friend of the American hero taken from us, I find your verbal vomit quite pathetic. Show some respect.
Some, however, sided with Paul. The tweet was "favorited" by over 190 people.
While he doesn't describe himself as an "isolationist," Paul is a strong critic of the interventionist foreign policy of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. He opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and has criticized the decade-long military presence in Afghanistan, CNN reported.
Even as Paul was tweeting about Kyle, the Texas state Senate today paused for a moment of silence in memory of Kyle, The Houston Chronicle writes. A group of current Texas congressmen expressed their regrets and called Kyle “an American hero,” the Chronicle stated earlier.
Kyle was known as “America’s Deadliest Sniper” and received multiple medals for heroism and bravery.
Calls and emails to Paul for comment were not immediately returned, Fox writes.