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.


  • KaptKan1

    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    “If the passengers had been armed, 9/11 would never have happened. Arm the people, disarm the government.” ~ L. Neil Smith

  • Gassebol

    The voice of sanity Dr. Ron Paul!
    Lefties in Europe would go bananas with this kind of retoric. LOL!

  • mustaffa1611

    Why doesn’t Ron Paul tell his supports to quit paying taxes and quit using Federal Reserve Notes?

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  • Krzysztof

    Thank you Dr Paul for the hope of return of free and just USA!

    And for being a source of news effectively censored by lefties-controlled European media.

    “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session” – Gideon John Tucker

  • wizardman42

    I know this is terrible to say but the main stream Zionist’s don’t seem to like it when Zionizam shoe is on the other foot

  • g4macdad

    You can liken FDR’s NRA to the renaissance. Every so often a Left-wing visionary rises up and inspires the people’s passions for nurturing and generosity.
    This always leads to GREAT collective achievements, through a shared governing process. The GREEDY wealthy right-wing HATES this and always manages to infiltrate and destroy the accomplishments through prejudice propaganda and selfish cynicism.
    The TEA-Party is but the latest iteration of this, the astroturf won’t hold up forever, though.

  • PhilLesh69

    I would hope that John Sununu has a weapon that he trained his wife to use, for her own protection. Would she be arrested for possessing a weapon within 1,000 yards of a federal official?

    Nobody wants to see a representative killed, but nobody wants to see anyone killed, either.

    Why not write a law to protect eveyone, instead of themselves? Or! maybe why not just enforce the laws we already have? Does the private prison lobby have that much sway? We don’t need more laws. You know.

    • Citizen

      Morning PhilLesh69

      That’s correct, you and I are just ordinary schmucks [subjects] and are not entitled to protection.

      Our representatives are “super-humans” able to leap over the law in a single bound… more powerful than… you get the picture.

      We the People are the “problem” that needs to be “contained” !

      Their solution has always been, and will always be to disarm and control. Thus anyone who exercises his 2nd Amendment Rights becomes a Criminal by default.
      Soon the only place a gun will be tolerated will be in the mountains of Montana, 10 miles from the nearest telephone line.

      So a disarmed “citizen” simply becomes a “subject” to be herded into containment pen when the time is right.

      Beware of these “well intended” Wolves !

  • PhilLesh69

    I’m pretty sure that John Sununu lives less than a football field away from my townhouse.

    If Burton and King’s bill passes, would I have to get rid of my gun? I would be possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of a federal official (retired), and I wouldn’t be able to keep that weapon for my own family’s protection, even though I bought it legally and have a valid concealed carry permit approved by the chief of police of Fairfax County?

    This is getting silly. Replicans writing gun laws.

  • PhilLesh69

    I can understand a limit against guns at political events, but any law that says you are automatically a criminal if you possess a gun near a federal official is just another “drunk in public” law. It’s a blanket law that gives police a “catch all” law to arrest people.

    If I have a valid conceal carry permit, and I’m at the grocery store, or if I’m open carrying, and a congressman or senator’s aid shows up, could he have me arrested just because?
    And former senator sununu lives a block awy

  • PhilLesh69

    Two Republicans, Burton and King proposed a bill that would prohibit possession of a gun within 1,000 feet of a federal official.

    So there’s nothing wrong with owning a gun, but if you are near a federal official, you’re going to jail.

    I live in Mclean VA. My townhouse is near federal officials. Should I go to jail just because they live near me? I owned my gun before this law.

    Why are they specially protected super-citizens?

    What about me? I don’t want to get shot, either!? Help me?

  • Citizen

    Americans >> “Our constitutional right to bear arms”
    you have a personnel RESPONSIBILITY to protect yourself!

    Don’t expect the Police State to come to your rescue, expect the worse and prepare yourselves!

    Congress Persons have a reasonable responsibility to arrange for their own Protection and Safety.

    Listen people… an armed America is a SAFE and FREE America

    Praise God and Pass the Ammunition!

  • dougeastman

    What a breath of fresh air. I’ve finally heard some sanity through the mobs of the insane. Thank you again Ron Paul.. You give me real hope.

  • zestysteve1

    I don’t know if it was media covering it up. I think it was super-loyal party members trying desperately to silence everybody but their own favorite candidate, regardless of the content.

  • LosSparkles

    Im not from America but from Sweden but I really hope Ron will run since I´m a libertarian at heart and I have always looked up to America before.
    Lately however it has evolved more into a facist state and I really hope that Ron Paul together with the people who belives in liberty can take it back. My country is unfortunately doomed and we are all slaves to a corrupt government who care only about making their own pockets bigger.
    God bless Ron Paul and lets hope he becomes the next president!

  • joshfif

    ron paul 1012…the only man fighting for us in congress

  • Jarmo187

    on This one, Dr. Paul is terrible wrong. On real world people dont act like in Pauls utopia –> give everybody guns = lots of corpses

    • Ty N

      Subjective. There are so many more law abiding citizens with guns than criminals. The consistency Ron Paul has, stating true American values, is unlike any other politician. Im sure you would want a gun in your home if someone decided to break in and threaten you or your family (I pray that never happens).

      In my opinion, the right to bear arms is as equally important as the 1st amendment in that it is one of the last remaining amendments that protects us from an intrusive government. Our government is a megalomaniac and they have been trying to take away our arms for years. If they succeed in taking away the 2nd amendment (they never will) then it would only be a matter of time before this country turns socialist.

    • Kaje

      Just keep in mind that any gun law (the ones on the books already and any proposed new ones) are only going to deter law abiding citizens. If a criminal wants a gun, they will get a gun.

    • Libertarian777

      Jarmo187… i’m still waiting for ‘all those corpses’ in Florida from the traffic accident disputes, road rage, and people just generally pissed off who shoot all their neighbours, after the 1987 ‘shall-issue’ law was passed.

      Where are all the corpses in Florida?

  • WtfListen2

    Dude come on dont go down that road with that HOPE shit .He runs it good but if doesnt that good to.It is the message that he sents NOT HOPE! WE WILL HAVE TO WORK FOR IT .Dr Paul would be frist to say dont rely on the government for your HOPE it will become your disappear.

  • 411American

    Thank GOD for the right to bear Arms –
    Thank the GOV for brutality.
    Thank the real American to do what one has to do when needed ton be done.

    FREEDOM from the GOVERN-MENTAL’ fearful sheeple control freaks

  • lwizardl

    As always Ron Paul hits the nail on the head. This is why we need this man to be our President, someone that has a backbone to stick up for the rights of the people, and not just what a select few in power demand.