Ron Paul on Chris Kyle: Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

Ron Paul posted the following Twitter update earlier today:

Update: Ron Paul posted the following clarification 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. -REP

From Wikipedia:

Live by the sword, die by the sword

The phrase is found in the Christian Book of Revelation, 13:10: “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Rev.13:10 KJV)

Commonly, the expression is understood to mean, “You can expect to become a victim of whatever means you use to get what you want.”

A proverb in the Gospel of Matthew, verse 26:52, describes a disciple (identified in the Gospel of John as Simon Peter) drawing a sword to defend against the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, but is rebuked by Jesus, who tells him to sheath the weapon:

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword (Matthew 26:52, King James Version)

This exchange looms large in progressive Christian theories of violence and power.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • True American

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • dear dr paul….i am an RN.i cannot believe a dr. would say something SO hurtful to a grieving young 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 should know better…p.short RN

  • 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?

  • 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.

    B. Stephey

  • 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.


  • 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?

  • 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,”

    • 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.

  • m smith

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Andrew

      You do know Dr Paul is a veteran right?

      • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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

    • m smith

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

      • 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.

  • 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?!?