Ron Paul criticized for controversial tweet
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 00:02
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is under fire for a recent tweet about the death of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Paul entered the fray of the gun control debate on Monday after sending out a tweet that was less than empathetic towards the murdered SEAL.
“Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword,’” Paul said on Twitter. “Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.”
Kyle, 25, was at a firing range 50 miles north of Fort Worth with his friend Chad Littlefield, 35, on Sunday when Eddie Ray Routh allegedly fired his weapon on the pair.
Although Paul has a long-standing history with support of the military, many Twitter users turned on the former OB/GYN.
“Shocked and disappointed in @RonPaul for this,” Chris Knox said on Twitter. “Rush to judgement.”
Kyle was best known for writing “American Sniper” and holding a record number of sniper killings during his tours.
Officials said Routh claims he was suffering from PTSD at the time and was “suffering.”
The investigation is still ongoing. Routh was arraigned on the day of the shooting.