Ron Paul: Why Government Cannot “Make Us Safe” by Mandating Security

Why Government Cannot “Make Us Safe” by Mandating Security

by Ron Paul

The terrible violence in Arizona last weekend prompted much national discussion on many issues. All Americans are united in their sympathies for the victims and their families. All wonder what could motivate such a horrible act. However, some have attempted to use this tragedy to discredit philosophical adversaries or score political points. This sort of opportunism is simply despicable. We are fortunate to live in a society where violence is universally denounced. Not one public official or commentator has attempted to justify this reprehensible act, yet the newspapers, Internet and airwaves are full of people trying to claim it was somehow motivated by someone else’s political rhetoric.

Most disturbing are the calls to use government power to censor certain forms of speech and even outlaw certain types of criticism of public officials. This was the completely apolitical act of a violent and disturbed man. How sad that the attempted murder of the Congresswoman who had just read the First Amendment on the House Floor would be used in efforts to chill free speech. Perhaps some would feel safer if the Alien and Sedition Acts were reinstated. Also troubling are the renewed calls for stricter gun control laws and for government to do something to somehow prevent similar incidents in the future. This always seems to be the knee-jerk reaction to any crime committed with a gun. Nonsensical proposals to outlaw guns around federal officials and install bulletproof barriers in the Congressional galleries only reinforce the growing perception that politicians view their own lives as far more important than the lives of ordinary citizens.

Politicians and a complicit media have conditioned many citizens to view government as our protector, leading to more demands for government action whenever tragedies occur. But this impulse is at odds with the best American traditions of self-reliance and individualism, and it also leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty. Remember, liberty only has meaning if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and more government security is demanded. Government cannot make us safe by mandating security any more than than it can make us prosperous by decreeing an end to poverty.

We need to reaffirm the core American value of individual responsibility. Consider the young man who had the courage to tackle the shooter and prevent further carnage because he himself had a concealed weapon. Without that gun he could have been yet another sitting duck. When peaceful citizens are armed they at least have a chance against armed criminals. Advocates of gun control would urge us to leave our safety to law enforcement, but eyewitness reports indicate it took police as much as 20 minutes to arrive on the scene that day.

Since police cannot be everywhere all the time, a large part of our personal safety depends on our ability to defend ourselves. Our constitutional right to bear arms does not create a society without risk or violent crime, and neither would the strictest gun control laws. Guns and violence are a fact of life. The question is whether it is preferable to be defenseless while waiting for the police, or to have the option to arm yourself. We certainly know criminals prefer the former.


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  • David12King

    Dr. Paul… I sure hope you’ll be announcing your 2012 candidacy soon 🙂 CPAC I’m guessing?

  • FumingPoliticalPunk

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    i like that!

  • RedOnyxProductions

    Well said Ron, government can’t do it all!

  • BadSwineDOTcom

    1 Person thought Ron Pauls rationale assessment of the situation was a threat to their agenda.

  • waterchildtera

    if ten thousand armed gunmen converged on all government offices !
    all at once one day ,this could not be stopped !
    not firing 1 shot but demanding that the a elected officials follow the constution
    so no more fed reserve ,no more IRS or rampant taxes !
    and remove all that wont or haven’t followed all constitutional remedies
    we know the 16 and 17 amendment were not ratified
    the 13th was changed and no lawyer is allowed to be an elected official

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  • benaurelius

    Have a lppk at how they took the guns off the Australians. 1996 Martyn Bryant and the Asio set up at port arthur. believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. It is stated that 1% of Americans if they resisted this corrupt regime would throw them out of government.
    Heal the world by getting rid of the bankers.
    What is there address anyways hahahahaha. Mr Dillon.

  • Nothingizm

    Is anyone here educated on foreign policy enough to explain to me why it’s good for our country to bring all of our troops home, and shut down all military bases around the world? I’m not disagreeing with Paul, I just imagine a LOT of negatives coming from this.

  • TommyTurntables1

    You can have my gun…..After you pry it from my cold dead hand 🙂

  • Snowflake70

    Please give me your personal response to the 3 hour 21 minute panel discussion at Georgetown University Law School on Thursday 1-13-11 Especially the contribution of Ariana Huffington. Not “only her” but appropriately, in context. I suggest this discussion if widely distributed could be in itself a game changer. I appreciate your response.

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  • LordoftheKaty

    RON PAUL 2012!!! Run or let our country burn

  • Sonnedude

    Dr Paul, PLEASE run for president in 2012. You are the only politician who has made any attempt at change in Washington. You have created a movement of peaceful individuals who want to spread liberty and peace throughout the world and your humbleness has influence people, including myself, to be better human beings. You, unlike other politicians, care for the well being of humanity.

  • jasonnissan1

    Ron Paul….you Sir are by far the most the realistic person I have ever heard speak.What you say is to the point and you mean every word you say.There are not that many people left bearing such integrity in this world let alone in politics in general.

  • obSCENEoneTW0

    listen to the words ron has been using lately, “politicians and a complicit media have condiditioned many citizens to view govennment as our only protector.” in this video, and in that interview with rand last week he said something like “we’re talking about something quite different here, we’re talking about a revolution.” He knows what is going on, and what is coming… listen to him people, before something bad happens to him.

  • NicosMind

    Ron Paul. Nothing but straight talk!!! If he wanted to be a radio host he’d be one of the few that you can trust to give you no bull. But lucky enough hes a politician.

  • katey1dog

    Guard your rights. The guvment is coming.

  • alex1af

    You got my vote!

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