In The Week is a good summary of the reaction to Ron Paul’s tweet on the murder of Chris Kyle–
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
Chris Kyle, Chad Littlefield, and their murderer, Eddie Ray Routh were all veterans of our wars, serving in our name. Who they became was formed by the wars our country waged.
No, guns are not therapy. They don’t make you safe.
And Ron Paul’s son, Rand’s pious statement about all our soldiers being heroes is more of the reasoning that makes our ‘volunteer military’ a separate class. If they’re all heroes they don’t feel pain, fear and doubt like the rest of us.
But if it’s just ordinary men and women we are sending to fight and kill and die far from home, then what public good justifies this sacrifice?
Ron Paul opposes gun regulation, but also opposes foreign wars. His positions have spun him around to a point that few have the courage to make.
A soldier who racks up the highest number of kills is not what we want all our men and women in the service to become. A gun in the hands of a shell-shocked veteran does not have magical healing powers.
Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield died tragically and needlessly. Eddie Ray Routh is on suicide watch. All of them victims of our wars.
Here is a rather surreal ‘balanced’ report on the pros and cons of ‘gun therapy’ for veterans suffering from war trauma.