Ron Paul's tweet after SEAL Chris Kyle's death draws ire online

ron-paul-seal-tweet.jpgFormer 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 tragedies."

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