Rand Paul has responded to his father Ron Paul's remarks on the killing of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle &ndash' comments that triggered an instant backlash.
Sen. Paul (R-KY) sent a statement to Breitbart.com this morning:
Chris Kyle was a hero like all Americans who don the uniform to defend our country. Our prayers are with his family during this tragic time.
Kyle was killed at a Texas gun range by a fellow veteran who suffered from PTSD. The sniper often took PTSD victims shooting to help them recover.
Ron Paul set off a tsunami of online outrage with a tweet sent on Monday:
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.
He later partly walked back his tweet via a Facebook post: "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."