Ron Paul forced to clarify outrageous tweet on sniper’s murder

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Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul took some flack Monday for a disrespectful tweet about the murder of U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

“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,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

While it is still unclear at this time, police believe former Marine Eddie Routh, the suspect in Saturday’s double murder of Kyle and a friend at a Texas shooting range, may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Criticism of Paul’s tweet came quickly and continued throughout Tuesday.

Glenn Beck tweeted: “Newest member of the Westboro Baptist Church: Ron Paul. I am with Marcus Latrell & grieving family members. Will respond tomorrow. SHAMEFUL.”

Another tweet came from Joe the Plumber ‏: ”@RonPaul U obviously Don’t understand PTSD, & UR comments hurt our Heros. Outdoor Recreational Therapy helps a lot of our Veterans.”

Though he is a veteran, Paul is not a psychiatrist, to my knowledge, so how he can say going to a shooting range to treat PTSD doesn’t make sense? ABC World News reported that 20 percent of troops returning from overseas suffer from the disorder. “One treatment approach involves the slow, steady, re-exposure of patients to their PTSD triggers,” George Everly, an associate professor of psychiatry at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told the network.

By Monday evening, Paul was forced to clarify his tweet via a message on his Facebook page:

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

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who rolled my eyes rather than get angry at Paul’s comment. My favorite Twitter response came from @iowahawkblog: “Grandpa’s talking to the furniture again.” Yes, he always is.

Read more at ABC News.

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  • KB Cook

    I'm looking for the "policies of nonviolence that Christ preached" references in my Bible. I'm not finding them. Guess Mr. Paul has a different version than I have.

  • Mike Abshier

    Don't folks love a smart aleck who tries to make a book report about a book they have yet to read?

    Matthew 7:12

    So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

    Leviticus 19:18

    ou shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

    Matthew 22:36-40

    Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.

    Mark 12:31

    The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

    Romans 13:8-10

    Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

    Luke 6:27

    But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

    Luke 10:25-37

    And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?

    John 4:16

    So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

    Romans 13:1

    Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

    Romans 13:9

    For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Matthew 18:15-17

    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

    John 4:21

    If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

    Luke 10:10-13

    But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

    Matthew 19:19

    Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Matthew 7:1-2

    Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

    Matthew 5:13

    You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

    Timothy 6:9

    But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

    Ephesians 4:25

    Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

    Corinthians 6:19-20

    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

    Matthew 22:34-40

    But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. …

    Well you should get the gist of how irresponsible and false your comment was.