Ron Paul has made things worse. On Monday he blamed the death of former SEAL sniper Chris Kyle on “living by the sword” and therefore dying by the sword. Kyle was helping a fellow veteran work through PTSD, when that veteran allegedly killed him and another veteran.
It was a disgusting, trollish tweet. His son, Sen. Rand Paul, had to issue a statement, though that statement fell short of an apology.
Last night Paul responded. Here is his Facebook post, in its entirety.
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
No apology. No acknowledgement that Kyle was murdered while he was doing good. No acknowledgement that Kyle was a decorated veteran who fought to keep America free. No acknowledgement that Paul’s first statement was repulsive and repugnant.
As a veteran, I think Ron Paul should retire and step out of the public eye.
The OB/GYN should also avoid commenting on PTSD and on theology in the future. Paul has shown that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about on either subject. Jesus didn’t preach a strictly non-violent message, and did not condemn military service.