For some reason, former Presidential candidate Ron Paul felt the need to tweet the world yesterday about the murder of American Sniper. Chris Kyle, a former US Navy Seal, was shot and killed Saturday at a Texas gun range. The alleged gunman, Eddie Ray Routh, is a veteran who has a mental illness associated with his military service. Kyle is known as the most lethal sniper in American history, with 160 confirmed kills. He enlisted in the Navy in 1999, served 4 tours in Iraq, and was discharged in 2009. During his service, Kyle received 14 awards and medals, including two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. Kyle was at the gun range with Chad Littlefield, a veteran who Kyle was assisting.
Yesterday, Paul decided to send out his impressions of this tragedy via Tweet: “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.” For some reason, people reacted negatively to Paul’s inane comment. So, this morning, Paul ‘clarified’ his comments on Facebook: ”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.”
I’m sort of embarrassed to admit that I supported Paul’s candidacy in 2008. By this year, when he once again entered the Republican nomination field so that the mantle of libertarian leader wouldn’t move to Gary Johnson, I had wised up. I assume that soon Paul will convert to the Westboro Baptist Church, where he would seem to fit right in.