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February 4th, 2013

Ron Paul’s Response to Soldier’s Death: “He Who Lives By the Sword, Dies by the Sword”

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a man many consider an American hero, was shot to death over the weekend in Texas while reportedly trying to assist another veteran dealing with PTSD. Former Republican presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) posted an interesting response to the incident on his Twitter account:

While we are accustomed to Ron Paul’s anti-war stances, he usually does not denigrate the soldiers fighting those wars. Especially one who was just murdered. Chris Kyle was considered one of the best snipers in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills.  The suspect is believed to be another veteran, Eddie Ray Routh.

UPDATE: Following a large backlash to his Twitter comments, Ron Paul added a post regarding Kyle’s death on his Facebook page. Although many people are asking Paul to apologize, he did not:

“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”

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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