Comment: I Still Don't See What's Wrong with Ron Paul's Comment

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I Still Don't See What's Wrong with Ron Paul's Comment

At first I was aghast that Ron Paul was so insensitive, but by the third time I read the quote I really understood it.

"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."

When he says those who live by the sword, he's not literally talking about all military veterans who literally have swords and guns. He's talking about people who live by the philosophy of living by the sword. Meaning... those people who would take their friends out to a shooting range to treat PTSD instead of seeking personal help or a psychiatrist. Or those parents who beat their children into submission rather than using discipline. Or those people, if insulted with a racist name, who would straight up punch the other guy instead of ignoring racist comments or talking it out. Or, in an example we're used to, those nations that would wage pre-emptive wars on other countries to "stop them from attacking us."

When you live by the sword, or when you live by a lifestyle that stresses violence, then that is most likely the fate that waits for you. Dr. Paul did not literally mean those people who have weapons at home for defense will die by those weapons. Complete nonsense.