242 responses to “Ron Paul on Chris Kyle: Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword”

  1. C.J.Gruesbeck

    Mr. Paul ,I have supported you and discussed your ideas to many for several years now but in this.As a Christian there are times to speak and times to offer silence . Retirement was a good choice sir,as you can and have spoken with great wisdom I pray that God gives great strength to the family in mourning to forgive you for kicking them when they were down.And also I pray that the lord forgives you for using his word to inflict such pain on that grieving family. Your ideas have been inspiring sir but you may be dismissed,now go and quietly enjoy your retirement.

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  2. Terry Carlson

    I have to agree that Ron Paul’s statements regarding Chris Kyle’s death were unjustifiable. Where do I go to get a refund for my Ron Paul t-shirt?

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  3. Dave

    I applaud you Dr Paul for saying what needed to be said! Anyone who believes they are invading another country to protect the US from goat-herders with guns is delusional. Most people who join the military are there for one reason… They need the money and private sector jobs aren’t available. The vast majority of young recruits come from impoverished homes who’s only opportunity to “earn a living” is the military. If we told the troops that their pay would consist of food and shelter how many do you think would remain? Would they work for the “honor of serving”? I’ll never understand the mentality of the people who say they don’t trust government yet “support the troops”. Think about it.

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  4. mitch

    Good thing Ron says what he thinks, rather than censor himself. The issue of PTSD is one of the long lasting results at home of Bush’s War, and if Ron wants to throw out a little “I told you so,” so be it.

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  5. Brad

    I am a veteran that served in Iraq at the same time Chris was there. Naturally this was my reason to buy the book and read it and the book helped me deal with my own bouts of depression and PTSD. To me Chris truely is an American Hero and a personal inspiration. Ron Paul the comments you made just proved my feelings of you all along. You are an insesitive, out of touch, and an idiot. By the way, for me going to the range and shooting off a few rounds is very theraputic. F U Ron Paul

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    1. Dave

      Anyone who believes they are invading another country to protect the US from goat-herders with guns is delusional. Most people who join the military are there for one reason… They need the money and private sector jobs aren’t available. The vast majority of young recruits come from impoverished homes who’s only opportunity to “earn a living” is the military. If we told the troops that their pay would consist of food and shelter how many do you think would remain? Would they work for the “honor of serving”? I’ll never understand the mentality of the people who say they don’t trust government yet “support the troops”. Think about it.

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  6. Ed Librick

    you are an ASS ron paul

    »crosslinked«

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  7. Harry Palmer

    Dr. Paul,

    Leave comments about the Word of God to those who know what they are talking about. Your tweet about the cold blooded murder of a great American was truly one of the more inane, ignorant things I have ever heard in my 56 years.

    In context, the Lord Jesus Christ was saying that those who ‘live by violence,’ that being the criminal, should ‘die by the sword of the state’, that being capital punishment.

    Stupid, Dr. Paul. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid…

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  8. Liane Bathey

    I cannot believe that you would make a statement so hurtful and un-educated. Did you know that there are statistics that show that having a Veteran suffering from PTSD be able to go to a shooting range actually lowers their heart rate and calms them?? That because they have spent so much time carrying a weapon and in combat that when they return to civilian life, they find it difficult to adjust without one? I hope you spend a moment of your day thinking about how your stupid comment makes this Hero Chris Kyle’s wife and children feel. While you sit in your cushy office tweeting stupid comments because of MEN like him. How about you spend your time figuring out how to actually help our Veterans suffering from PTSD so Hero’s like Chris Kyle dont have to take that responsibility on themselves?

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  9. w

    Such a mean, nasty statement. To treat the death of such a good man in this way is contemptable. He saved the lives of many, many people and spent much of his time helping others since leaving the service. What have you done but spout idiotic statements for years.

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  10. Tmac

    RP – Perhaps a gun range is not the best place for a PTSD survivor. Who really knows? But certainly, Twitter is no place for your lazy ass comments on something as significant and painful as death let alone murder. If you are dumb enough, lazy enough, and careless enough to comment on life and death matters via Twitter, you are not wise enough to lead anyone.

    For Ron and others; some examples for future reference:
    Do not use Twitter to propose marriage to your significant other.
    Do not use Twitter to report a house fire.
    Do not use Twitter to tell you family of the death of a loved one.
    Do not use Twitter to report a crime.
    etc. etc. etc.

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  11. R. Lewis

    Dr. Paul:
    Over the years I have in many ways agreed with your positions on many issues.
    This comment on the loss/murder of a real american hero. Someone who in the act of christian fellowship was trying to help a friend and fellow veteran, was killed in such a tragic act.
    I know you are against war in any form but this brave man has saved countless american lives risking his own life for theirs. Your effort to verbally dance on his grave is beyond to pale of any understanding of any patriot american! Your are supposed to be any educated man, however in this case you sir are an ASS!!! may God forgive you! For the pain you have personally caused this mans family is inexcusable! You should go in person to his family and tell them how sorry you are for the pain your statement has caused!.
    I belive that a man is not a real man when he fails to take responsibility for his mistakes. I would hope that all your years in Washington hasnt totally destroyed away your ability to act in a honorable way.
    I am sure that you know that a man without honor is not a man!
    God help you!

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  12. Janet Lauer

    I will never forget this horrible comment you made about the death of Chris Kyle!!! You really are a vile, despicable little man. So glad I never supported you!! Shame on you and you will never be able to retract this statement.

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  13. True American

    You are appauling to those who cebrate the heroics of such people.

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  14. Sean Boero

    I certainly support Ron on many issues but this is about a stupid statement as a person can make. Stating that you believe in the moral equivalence of the acts a sailor in a combat zone protecting his fellow sailors and an obviously disturbed young veteran shooting Chris in the back show a lack of clear thinking. We all love Ron, but spouting off without apparently thinking about the impact of what he was saying is why so many people do not take him seriously.

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  15. Danny Mara

    Dr Paul, Although I’ve supported you in the past when you’ve made other questionable statements, I’m afraid this time you’ve gone too far. Your heartless, thoughtless tweet was not only hurtful, but truly ignorant and wholly unsupported by facts. You opened your mouth without understanding the circumstances and thus shown yourself to be the contemptible fool many whom I greatly respect have repeatedly claimed you to be. Further, you have done great damage to the Libertarian cause and I, personally, will have a very hard time forgiving you – especially for that. You should be 10X ashamed! Thank God your son seems to have a bit more sense and tact! I take it he gets that from his mother?

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  16. Gary Frank

    I thought the comment about Chris Kyle is really poor. What were you thinking, or have you stopped using any reason? I have been a fan of some, not all of your ideas but this crosses a line.

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  17. patty short

    dear dr paul….i am an RN.i cannot believe a dr. would say something SO hurtful to a grieving young family..you need to remember your oath…have you just forgotten it all together?kris kiles was a hero..he did his job for our country with honor…he was trying to help a troubled friend.he was not trying to be a dr….you owe this family an apology..i have known alot of arrogant doctors in my time..i guess you are one of them.i share some of your views..but this is not a time to talk your political views..are you that ill mannered?you need to examine your words before you spit them out…you are an older man..you should know better…p.short RN

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  18. Mark Baldis

    Shame on you Dr. Paul! To demonize this brave veteran by using Biblical scripture when it suits your purpose is shameful. Mr. Kyle was sent to war by you, the beauracrats, and did what he was commanded to do. I thought that the Vietnam War mentality was long set aside; where the soldier was demonized and degraded for the war. I have certainly lost some respect for you. By the way, they weren’t “treating” PTSD. They were doing what they have always done; put boots on the ground to help a fellow veteran. When was the last time you got out of the comforts of the capitol building and helped a fellow veteran, or put that physician license to use?

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  19. Brian M. Stephey

    Mr. Paul,

    If indeed you tweeted “live by the sword, die by the sword.” In reference to the murders of two great Americans than you owe some apologies. Many of our young kids have fought, killed and lived so you and yours can live free in no way permits you to qualify his murder or justify the actions of senseless murderers. It was a terribly ignorant comment in this situation regardless of your biblical context.

    Thanks
    B. Stephey

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  20. No Thanks

    i have been a supporter of a number of Ron Paul’s stances in the past, but the timing of these comments were certainly p-i-$-$ poor at best. i can’t believe he came out and said this publicly. it is one thing to say it privately, completely another to say it publicly. c’mon Ron, you can do better than that.

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  21. Ron

    I was surprised and disappointed in the timing of Dr Paul’s remark. Shouldn’t that type of comment, no matter how well deserved, be made for some time after the man is buried?

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  22. ramadi snipers

    Chris Kyle was the most infamous sniper of the ramadi operation which was fret with numerous allegations of war crimes by snipers

    “In the same email Al-Dulaimy wrote that on April 29 two children had been killed by American snipers: a seven-year-old girl who was with her mother on the way to the doctor was felled by a bullet, and an eight-year-old boy was gunned down while he was playing in front of his home. Also on the 29th, witnesses reported another five people were killed by snipers. That same day, Al-Dulaimy’s father had nearly been shot when a bullet went through the rear window of his car, but missed him. Neither the western, nor the Arab press reported civilian casualties for the 29th,”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/sos-ramadi-new-wave-of-us-sponsored-atrocities-in-iraq/2666

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    1. kunsunoke

      So how about you just admit you’re helping Ron Paul to slander Chris Kyle (who isn’t around to defend himself) as some kind of war criminal?

      I thought only the progressive left could be so disgusting and crass.

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  23. m smith

    The ignorance on here is overwhelming. What a bunch of idiots, really.

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  24. Eric Corbett

    Well you are uninformed sir. As a combat vet, with PTSD , and a lawenforcement officer there are many ways of helping us deal with our problem. Sometimes the range reconnects us to a better time , especially for those of us dropped back in the world where nobody knows or can understand(National Guard and Reserves). So Kyle was a man helping his brother and sometimes that might go very wrong, as it did. As a doctor Mr. Paul should think before he speaks but as a politician I should not expect any more. For you close your mouth before you know what you talking about, maybe talk to a vet or two and thank them for your nice life you get here in the greatest country in the world.

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  25. KLS

    Was Chris Kyle an American Hero that was “defending the American People’s freedom”??

    Not one bit. He was fighting for a small group of people that run the West. This was a total invasion of a Sovereign state, based all on lies, and which most Americans cheered on (even though the most of them could not locate Iraq on a map nor knew any of the facts). Few would look at the real victims of this invasion. I did. Little children blown to bits, and millions of lives destroyed.

    Chris Kyle competed in “kills”, for his own ego. Then wrote and published about it…bragging about his Kills.

    The Shills that are paid to operate on the internet are out enforce standing up for this Psychopathic Killer. He’s one of them. He has nothing to do with “Defending the American People”…..

    The person running this site is sure trying hard to cash in on Paul, but then he smears him.

    Are you an operative? You little prick

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    1. kunsunoke

      Doubling-down on the posthumous slander of Chris Kyle, are we? Is there anything this guy Ron Paul could possibly say that would crack the facade for you, at least a little? Or does he have to grow a Chaplin mustache and start goose-stepping for that to happen?

      (on second thought – never mind)

      Watch out for the black helicopters and the chemtrails, dude.

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  26. John

    Most of you folks have no idea what you’re talking about. First of all, Ron Paul has stated many times that he never performed an abortion, nor did he ever see an instance in which it was necessary.

    Secondly, he can’t be voted out of office or resign because he no longer holds office. He didn’t seek re-election and his tenure concluded after the last election. Geez, if you’re gonna bash a guy, at least get your facts straight.

    Besides, all he did was quote the Bible, that says he who lives by the sword will die by the sword. Violence breeds violence. We can’t always avoid taking another person’s life, but the law of God is still the same. I’ve never heard Dr. Paul denounce the soldier, or even the military, but rather the role it’s being used. I’m not defending him, but some people are too quick to hate.

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  27. Justin Thomason

    I find your comments on the death of Chris Kyle disgusting! This was a man who sacrificed everything for his country. What sacrifice have you made? You live in some fairytale world where everything is black or white. Mr. Kyle didn’t have that luxury. He lived in a world where bad guys (and gals) with guns and RPGs were trying to kill him EVERY SINGLE DAY. Why did he do this? To give worthless bags of air like you the freedom to make boneheaded and hateful comments. You dishonor him and the men and women like him that put it all on the line every time they go on patrol or deploy to some conflict that they had no hand in starting. The next time you feel need to be like Justin Bieber and Tweet some new half brain thought, you may want to consider what this country would be like without patriots like Chris Kyle.

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    1. Andrew

      You do know Dr Paul is a veteran right?

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      1. kunsunoke

        Yes, and he killed VC and NVA with his mind.

        So we will absolve him of what normally would be consider dancing on the grave of an actual combat veteran. For purely political purposes and resume enhancement with the Occupy movement, no doubt.

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  28. Donald R. Shartzer Jr.

    Even if this turns out to be tweeted by Dr. Paul he deserves the chance to explain EXACTLY what he meant. This knee jerk stupidity I am seeing here scares me since no one knows what is going on and I see multiple fools ready to lynch a proven patriot over what has to be nothing more than an assumption because all of Dr. Paul’s statements over the years show his compassion and love for our military. Nothing but unthinking neocons reacting with anger to everything that dings their cognitive dissonance maybe I should buy some zombie rounds after all…

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  29. rob

    “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.” – Dr. Ron Paul

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    1. m smith

      this comment was from facebook and was not signed Dr. Ron Paul. He is not even the administrator of that page.

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      1. Disgusted Patriot

        So Ron Paul has help taking care of his Facebook page. So what? No, the Facebook post was not signed “Dr. Ron Paul”. But it WAS signed with his initials, “REP” (Ronald Ernest Paul). You do have a point in calling out that misquotation but that’s all. You seem to be pretty clearly implying that Ron Paul probably didn’t write that post. Perhaps you didn’t know his middle initial is E. Perhaps you thought “REP” stood for Republican or Representative.

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  30. hunter

    you dont even deserve the title “sir”! Ron, you are a disgusting piece of garbage and you have no respect for our soldiers? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!! Mr.Kyle is a good american, and he inspired me, after the USMC im enlisting for the seals. You should not be making comments like that you animal! Why would you say a thing like that?!?

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  31. Chuck C

    You worthless baby killin putz. What the hell have you done or veterans lately? Kyle was helping a brother out, made a mistake and paid for that with his life. I hope you burn in hell you puny jerk weed.

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    1. james wegner

      Chuck, who exactly are you calling baby killer? You mean the Navy sniper who’s probably killed way more good people than bad, seeing as how he works for the Gov. Open up a book sometime, and in your wildest dreams will you ever be as enlightened as Dr. Ron Paul… Stick your head in a toilet, then flush!!

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  32. Stephen Parker

    Dear Sir, up until now I have thought of you as one of the very last politician with honesty and common sense. But if you indeed made the comment about Chris Kyle, we sir you should resign your spot in government and not accept another nickle from it. He was doing his job as directed by the government.

    Many of us have sons or step sons in the service. It scares both moms and dads senseless when they are over seas fighting in another country, as Chris had done.

    Chris was a soldier. Our soldier.

    You sir need to learn respect.

    I would no longer vote or support you or your causes.

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  33. Lynn

    If Ron did not mean how many are understanding his comment, then where is his explanation that he has been misunderstood? If his account was hacked, where is his retraction?

    As a father of one serving, Ron you need to rethink your position and apologize to all those who have been ordered into harms way to fight the wars this country has ordered them to fight. If the comment is your comment, glad you are no longer representing Texas in Congress!

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    1. Lynn

      Now that Mr. Paul has responded, it is apparent that he is very ignorant of the Bible’s teaching concerning the use of the “sword.” Mr. Paul, faulty ideas cause us to arrive at false conclusions.

      1. Matthew 26:52 that you quote refers to those that resort to violence and bloodshed as a way of life to accomplish their personal goals. Those who exhibit such vile behavior are judged by the same standard. This is illustrated by Proverbs 1:10-19. Mr. Paul, surely you are not equating our brave men and women that were ordered into combat as being “sinners” verse 10 that Solomon warns his sons to avoid. Solomon is warning his sons to avoid those that gain riches by bloodshed, not avoid soldiers that may have to destoy evil men in order to protect us.

      2. In Luke 22:36 Jesus instructs his disciples to go and sell their coat and buy a sword. Obviously Jesus believed in the fundamental right of self protection. If having a sword and using a sword for protection is wrong, does that not cause Jesus to commit sin by telling His disciples to buy a sword? Obviously that conclusion is erronious.

      3. In Romans 13:4 Paul clearly teaches that the government has the responsibility to bear the “sword” against those that practice evil. Obviously Paul is not teaching that the government is as passivist organization to spread the love of Jesus. That is reserved for the Church, not the government.

      Mr. Paul you have greatly insulted a brave man and his comrads in arms that defend this nation.

      THM 1984 DTS

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  34. keith gibson

    you are a disgusting human being. I hope you are voted out of office. I have never know anyone but that fruitcake bunch in wichita that would disrespect our finest that way. you are not human.

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  35. Brian Blanchard

    You coward SOB. While you were sitting pretty in Congress after all the abortions you performed, the government you sat with sent this highly trained brave fighter to kill bad guys in our name, with your blessing, while you did everything you could to get a higher place in the game. He dies taking care of soldiers you and this POS governement abandoned. Your day in front of God will be interesting to say he least but you might want to postpone that for awhile because you are not gonna be happy when it comes. You make me sick you pompass ass.

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    1. Mel

      I am not sure if Ron Paul really said that or not. If so, it was poor taste. However, your comment is completely uninformed. Ron Paul never performed any abortions and military intervention in Iraq was not done with Ron Paul’s “blessing”.

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