Ron Paul on Gun Control

In his latest essay Ron Paul addresses the issue of gun control. When the government makes guns illegal, only criminals – and the government itself – will own firearms. The result is less freedom and less safety for everyone else, i.e. law-abiding citizens.

Gun Control: Protecting Terrorists and Despots

by Ron Paul

Tragically, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the world was reminded how evil and cruel people can be. According to emerging accounts of the events in India, about a dozen well-armed and devastatingly well-trained terrorists laid siege on the city of Mumbai, killing almost two hundred people, and terrorizing thousands.

Regardless of the reasons, the indiscriminate shooting on masses of unarmed and defenseless people is chilling and reprehensible. How were these terrorists able to continue so long, relatively unchallenged, killing so many?

India’s gun laws are her business, of course. However, once the shock of these events and the initial reaction of fear passes, Americans should take away a valuable lesson about real homeland security and gun control from this tragedy.

Gun control advocates tell us that removing guns from society makes us safer. If that were the case why do the worst shootings happen in gun free zones, like schools? And while accidents do happen, aggressive, terroristic shootings like this are unheard of at gun and knife shows, or military bases. It bears repeating that an armed society truly is a polite society.

The fact is that firearm technology exists. It cannot be uninvented. As long as there is metalworking and welding capability, it matters not what gun laws are imposed upon law-abiding people. Those that wish to have guns, and disregard the law, will have guns. Gun control makes violence safer and more effective for the aggressive, whether the aggressor is a terrorist or a government.

History shows us that another tragedy of gun laws is genocide. Hitler, for example, knew well that in order to enact his “final solution,” disarmament was a necessary precursor. While it is not always the case that an unarmed populace WILL be killed by their government, if a government is going to kill its own people, it MUST disarm them first so they cannot fight back. Disarmament must happen at a time when overall trust in government is high, and under the guise of safety for the people, or perhaps the children. Knowing that any government, no matter how idealistically started, can become despotic, the Founding Fathers enabled the future freedom of Americans by enacting the second amendment.

In our own country, we should be ever vigilant against any attempts to disarm the people, especially in this economic downturn. I expect violent crime to rise sharply in the coming days, and as states and municipalities are even more financially strained, the police will be even less able or willing to respond to crime. In many areas, local police could become more and more absorbed with revenue generating activities, like minor traffic violations and the asset forfeiture opportunities of non-violent drug offenses. Your safety has always, ultimately been your own responsibility, but never more so than now. People have a natural right to defend themselves. Governments that take that away from their people should be highly suspect.


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  • Brad

    I don’t see anything misleading here, nor half truths. The argument I’d like to make about gun control is that whatever people decide to do with their firearms and whether they want to own one or not is their choice and nobody else’s. I say HOW DARE anybody try to tell me or anybody else how to live that isn’t harming anyone else. The laws for gun control punish everyone, not just the crazies or criminals and they do more damage for those who try to obtain guns legally. I will even go so far as to say I see absolutely nothing wrong with everyone owning assault weapons. Guns serve many uses and defense is among them. Semi-autos are far more versatile in any situation whether hunting or in defense situations.

  • Mark McPherson

    Full of half-truths, misleading information, thoughts dressed up as facts and conclusion made on incorrect asumptions. No sound argument given for not having tighter controls on guns. Bordering on hysteria and only appealing to those who are frightened of good governance.

  • joe from tampa

    rofl establishment bots flooding a ron paul blog. never saw that coming. /fail establishment, come and take them, i’ve got a 100 round beta-C mag in my ar15 ready for you gun grabbing jabronies.

  • 1trueamerican

    “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” -Mahatma Ganhdi

  • 1trueamerican

    “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” -Mahatma Ganhdi

  • Dcoy

    people are going to kill people there is no stopping that. i just want to be able to defend myself and family to the best of my ability. i will support anyone who will allow me to do that.

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