Former Texas congressman and three time presidential candidate Ron Paul on Monday tweeted the following rather sharp toned message in regards to retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who was killed at a Texas firing range last weekend when a former Marine he was helping, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, turned on Kyle and shot him dead.
Kyle, who was credited with a record number of confirmed kills during his military career, had been accompanied on that particular day by his very unfortunate neighbor, Chad Littlefield, who wound up perishing at the hands of Routh as well.
The tweet sparked instant outrage.
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
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) February 4, 2013
Later on faceBook RP attempted to rub some liniment on the sore spot when he issued the following statement:
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
Senator Rand Paul later told Breitbart News “Chris Kyle was a hero like all Americans who don the uniform to defend our country. Our prayers are with his family during this tragic time.”
Many of the replies aimed at Pauls message confirmed that Paul spoke of that which he knows very little in regards to PTSD. According to UPI’s Kate Stanton:
“Paul, an OB-GYN and former Air Force flight surgeon, was also criticized for his statement about the treatment of PTSD. As The Atlantic Wire points out, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs endorses Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) as a treatment for PTSD. PET encourages PTSD sufferers to safely expose themselves to situations related to their trauma.”