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.


  • evetsgolb

    Why would any person listen to a group of people who have at the very least sat silently while American citizens have been robbed of their wealth..and their hope ..and for the future dreams of the next generation..To have these same individuals say anything about another persons doing right or wrong is laughable if it were not so, pathetic

    • Ty

      !!!!!!!! BINGO !!!!!!!!!

  • JebBlack2010

    Freedom is the ultimate safety…….security is a business.

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  • g4macdad

    FDR was the BIGGEST liberal HERO of our times. Before his reforms, the right-wing usury system ran RAMPANT, and almost destroyed the country. Ron Paul says we need to return to the system of 1921=1922? ROTFLMAO
    Yeah what a GREAT time period THAT was, “Remember”? LOL

  • g4macdad

    LOL I like the way these HACKS refer to our OWN democratically elected political representatives in the third person. American government is the collective will of our divers population. They don’t represent EVRY person individually.
    This kind of fantasy world talk is why Ron Paul is a CHARLATAN with unrealistic views.
    This propaganda was crushed under FDR. And Ferdinand Pecora exposed their TRUE intensions; to go BACK to the Right-Wing Oligarchy of the Dark-Ages.


    Run Ron!!!2012

  • Koba82

    But have to agree the part about guns. I used to think no one needs to own small firearms, until a school shooting here in Finland. Not because someone could have stopped the shooting that way (that’s a retarded idea, anyone who actually thinks that should think again), but because it was so appalling how majority of people wanted stricter gun laws because of it. Like banning sh*t would ever work.

  • Koba82

    Thumbed this up before playing a second. Would have not voted at all otherwise.

    Saying that the shooting was completely apolitical and not in any way influenced by anyone else is just a nonsensical thing to say. Also, who exactly is wanting more government censorship and to outlaw criticism? Of course there are some insane people out there phoning in to the shows, but he makes it sound like there’s a movement for wanting more censorship. I’m pretty sure that’s not the case.

  • 411American

    Simply and easily with the IRS
    Simply and easily with FAMILY LAW
    Simple and easily with the CPS
    Simply and easily with city CODE
    Simply and easily with TAX’S
    Simply and Easily with MARTIAL LAW
    Simply and easily with WAR
    Our Government is out of control the people are awaking to slow as the main stream media propaganda machine keep them blind to the reality of the out of controlled welfare States the UNION has them in. Wake up America were in trouble.

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  • deathmarch5

    Again the Police have no REPEAT no duty to protect the individual. The supreme court has ruled in the favor of this statement. Why do you think we have a 2nd amedment??? When Police act it is always in the side of the STATE OF never the individual. The police are Simply thugs with Letters of Mark to rob you at gun point. When will the People realize Police are here to protect the bankers and criminals who have us over a barrel.

  • faegrrrl

    Common sense spoken yet again. Go Ron Paul Go Ron Paul Go!!!

  • watertonrivers

    Let the Revolution begin!! Ron Paul 2012!! It is the revolution of holding our politicians accountable, limited government, reeling in the Defense Department empire, and the corrupt Federal Reserve!!

  • MooseOfReason

    You can’t carry a policeman in your pocket.

  • mit26chell

    This is the reason I love this man – he doesn’t pop off and act like he’s somehow better than any of us.

    I’m so over this pompous ass Congress, with the exception of the Paul’s and maybe a couple others.

    America – we need to take Orwelll’s words to heart. It’s time for Americans to shake off this government like a horse shaking off flies.

  • orangeclad

    Thank you Ron.

  • NCIcaucus

    As always, straight up and honesty

  • virgociously

    Thank you Ron! What you are doing matters greatly. I’m with you all the way and I mean every word I’m saying from my heart.

  • dreamwhileyousleep

    Thanks for caring, Dr. Paul. We need you to run for POTUS 2112. Bring back Constitutional, fiscal and moral sanity before the World gives up on the dollar store.

  • nastyned

    If you notice , Security mandates have not helped the US citizen. It has lessened our ability to protect our self but has brought about a standard that only protects the ones that commit the crimes and the invaders that are intent on destroying America. As our rights erode away the non Americans rights become more prevalent. If you are a Christian then you are offensive to a Muslim that supports more violence and murder. If you fly the American flag then it offends the Mexicans who are supported by our own government to show their solidarity with their home country so they are allowed to burn our flag but you can be killed for burning one of theirs and nothing is done about it. I think it is time for the US citizen to adopt the same attitude as theirs. Burn ours, we burn yours, kill us we kill you, no more political correctives. It is time for All Americans to start being Americans and those who support the outlandish ideals of a radical overthrow of our country should be put in prison for being a traitor to the Constitution.