Ron Paul: True Liberty vs. Perfect Safety

Government Cannot Protect Us From Violence

by Ron Paul

Recent incidents of violence in Norway and London have made us understandably uncomfortable here at home, as many fear that a worsening economy will lead to violence and unrest in American cities. This is why Congress must view the economy as its first priority and a matter of national security. Unless and until we get our fiscal house in order to foster economic growth, civil society will continue to deteriorate.

The fundamental lesson every American should learn from these incidents is that government cannot protect us. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. But Norway and England have strict gun control laws, and London in particular has security cameras monitoring nearly all public areas. But laws and spy cameras are useless in the face of lawless mobs or sick mass killers.

Only private individuals on the scene could have prevented or lessened these tragedies. We should remember that theft, arson and property damage were not the only criminal acts in London. Innocent bystanders were assaulted and killed as well. In those instances, deadly force used in self-defense would have been fully justified.

Perhaps the only good that could come from these terrible events is a reinforced understanding that we as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families. This means frankly that we must own and wisely use firearms to deter or prevent criminal assaults on our homes and persons. It is absurd to think police or government agents can protect 310 million Americans around the clock.

Thanks to our media and many government officials, however, Americans have have become conditioned to view the state as our protector and the solution to every problem. Whenever something terrible happens, especially when it becomes a prominent news story, people reflexively demand that government “do something.” This impulse almost always leads to bad laws, more debt and a loss of liberty. It is completely at odds with the best American traditions of self-reliance and individual responsibility.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras and metal detectors? Do we want to imprison every disturbed or alienated individual who fantasizes about violence? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security?

Freedom is not defined by safety; freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference – unless they use force or fraud against others. Government cannot create a world without risk, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.


  • jessiejamesrides

    Right On !!!

  • MrVizFact

    I sent mine (donation) the other day, Kick their asses Dr Paul!

  • RedPillProject

    wtf? there are more likes (303) than views (301)!

  • brucebannerization

    If the teachers at Columbine were all properly trained with firearms and armed, that would have ended alot better.

  • jakobmichaelcarson

    Ron Paul knows what the deal is he doesn’t think it. He knows. Ron Paul 2012

  • ImNotVoting4RonPaul

    libya winning, and getting rid of gaddafi is a massive blow to the paul campaign. Paul used Obama’s “war in libya” even though there was never any american troops in libya, as a talking point to support his weak endless war argument. Well if it was Obama’s war, he just won, and ron paul’s endless war argument fails to hold any weight. Obama in fact reduced afghanistan troops, killed Osama, and helped nato restore libya. Oh yeah get ready for lower gas prices. Ron paul has no chance against obama

  • brucebannerization

    He Who Must Not Be Named 2012!

  • terramortim

    Be careful of false flags my friends. If the government does not get the violence they crave, they might just end up creating it artificially. Stay peaceful. Stay strong. Keep the moral high ground.

  • themanwich212

    We don’t realize how fragile and rare our liberties are, and how easy it is for the government for change it for the worse, Ron Paul is the person, I believe, who would do whatever it takes to ensure we keep the liberty that thousands of young Americans have died to protect. Ron Paul, YOU ARE THE MAN!!! 2012 IS COMING!!!

  • radroofer

    A modern day Founding Father! Ron Paul… The only hope our children and grand children have

  • thisismyusernamemr

    I love the way Dr. Paul makes this so easy to understand.

  • budget61

    veiw count not changing! 301

  • mrgeestacksalot

    Ron Paul, My President and My Hero!!!

  • PA951

    Thx for posting this!

  • HayateAzekura

    Everyone should hear this guys speeches. It’s guaranteed to raise your I.Q. Listing to any other politician is guaranteed to lower your I.Q, as you can clearly see by how easily many people vote for those who keep fucking us in the ass everyone year.

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  • Sonnedude

    Every time I hear this guy talk, the more educated I am.

  • MastaGT

    oh look 2 dumbasses already disliked this , hahahah, pathetic, ron paul will be our next president you brain washed puppets

  • gman21xx

    If Ron Paul played darts, he’d hit the bullseye everytime

  • linvann69

    Liberty´╗┐ gives me the ability to feel safe