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.


  • vanny

    Ron Paul is a voice of sanity in this confused society full of corrupt politicians and scared people.

  • duhg599

    This may be implied with any encouragement for citizens to arm and protect themselves, but it’s not just owning a weapon that makes you safer; you should also be trained in how to use it. Every law abiding citizen who owns firearms or is thinking of purchasing them should definitely take a course or two in gun safety and handling. And visit the firing range sometimes! It’s a lot of fun.

  • DTR4IN

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  • 411American

    Gun do not kill lack of mutual respect does – If everyone carried a gun mutual respect would exist in a far greater group span

  • aoe


    Because a people can’t be free as long as they oppress others.

  • uturniaphobic

    so if/when a nut job RUNS OVER a political figure… what then? ban cars?

  • atgskater14

    Ron Paul is the most frank and truthful politician ever. He is the true hope for our country.

  • atgskater14

    Ron Paul is the most frank and truthful politician ever. He is the true hope for our country.

  • achzdck

    Interment camps for dissension? If the professional politicans get their way of ruling for consent -instead of by consent . I APPRECIATE YOU RON PAUL !!! A TRUE UNAFRAID WATCHMAN ON THE WALL ……I hope for a father -son ticket someday in the near future ????

  • cooperbry

    RP 2012!

  • AscensionSeries

    All Citizens Will Realize They Are The Police Of The World
    The people are the true police, they always have been. There is no higher. The people will even protect the police when they are abused.

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  • hazeee123

    One minor critique: “Our constitutional right to bear arms does not create a society without risk or violent crime, and neither would the strictest gun control laws.” If you read this Ron, please use the correct language: “Our god/nature given rights to bear arms protected by the constitution does not create a society without risk or violent crime, and neither would the strictest gun control laws.

  • changethecurrent

    Could everyone please take a look at my Gifford videos please And if you agree that Jared is a stooge in this case please paste this ” Jared Lee Loughner stooge in senators assassination ” or “TOP FEDERAL JUDGE ASSINATED AFTER THREAT TO OBAMA AGENDA “in to Google and press search a couple time and spread the word about these videos and spread the videos if you can. They are only going to take more of you freedoms if we don’t try to expose the False Flag attacks as they happen.

    • Libertarian777

      unfortunately you can’t go to the Supreme Court espousing ‘its my God given right’.

  • xxbobdeexx

    GOD bless your health and safty Ron Paul !

  • episodeIII

    you make too much sence I worry for you god bless

  • rayakins

    Ron Paul gets it 100% right as usual – couldn’t have summed my response better myself.

  • DayTimeJeff

    we need you…

  • catholicforever

    Ron Paul, the only sane Congressman

  • Verator

    When seconds count the police are only 20 minutes away.

    Ron Paul, a future for America.