Ron Paul criticized over tweet about ex-Navy SEAL's death

Responses to the tweet sent from Paul's official Twitter account ranged from highly critical to highly skeptical that Paul himself wrote it.

Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has drawn criticism for a tweet sent Monday from his official Twitter account implying ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's death was proof that those "who live by the sword die by the sword."

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

Kyle was recently shot at a gun range by a member of the Marines Corps Reserve who is reported to have possibly been suffering from some type of mental illness due to his military service. According to one source, Kyle and a neighbor had taken the Marine to the range to try to help him with his PTSD.

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In his best-selling book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," Kyle described his work as a sniper in the Iraq War, where he had the largest number of confirmed kills.

On Twitter, responses to the tweet ranged from supportive to outraged.

"Our men and women need to be treated with anything to get them back home safe and healthy," wrote user Wayne Pennell.

Another user replied that the tweet was "very disrespectful commentary to this man, his memory and his family."

Some Twitter users, however, questioned whether the tweet was actually sent by Paul himself.

One Twitter user referred to it as "An all-new episode of Fire that Intern!" and said, "Ron Paul the man is probably aware of Twitter in the same sense I am aware of Trigonometry. One hopes he will choose interns more wisely."

Paul was a Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012. He is currently the chairman of Campaign for Liberty, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.

Emails to Campaign for Liberty seeking comment were unreturned.


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