Former Texas representative Ron Paul is qualifying his contention that the murder of former Navy SEAL and ace sniper Chris Kyle demonstrates that “He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.”

Paul has taken to both Twitter and Facebook to respond to the outrage elicited by his commentary. “As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “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.”