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.



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  1. sixfootwhiterabbit

    Wow! You people are so cynical it's like your speaking a different language. I take it you believe the American people are incapable of protecting themselves. So, what your really trying to say is, your AFRAID and everyone except you of course is incompetent.

    You are the ones who are stupid, you have not put fourth one comment in the last few hours that has any solution for anything. Instead you only make cynical smart ass remarks that take away from a forum that could be used to have intelli

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  2. Perfect safety, just put everyone in a condom style bodysuit lol. Realise the truth Liberty & freedom are always victorious.

    Go Ron Paul :-)

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  3. It's funny how the founders are worshipped now. The were mostly pigs who resented somebody being piggier than they were. The young idealist Jefferson, of course, wrote the DOI. He was born rich and eventaully lost it hall and had to sell his library to the government in order to pay the bills. But he was the best of the lot.

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  4. George Washington was an incorrigible land pig who ruined many a man trying to make a living on land he "saw first."

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  5. Ron Paul 2012

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  6. The Constitution of the United States was a direct result of a moral people seeking the ability to have a safe place to live and laws that reflect their character , we therefore must restore the american Character of 1776 before we can have hope of restoring the Constitution , the hope for the future therefore rests with the young people , restore their morality and you will restore the Constitution

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  7. BouillonCrusader

    just a sour Obama supporter.. don't rain on our parade because your Messiah suckered you into pulling the lever for the LOSE!
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  8. They've found this so effective, that they've groomed "Rand" to keep you running around tyhe track for another generation. Whatever it takes to make you a good milk cow.

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  9. It's all red herrings from your masters, ye Paultards. The game hasn't changed for thousands of years. Fishy Paul will take care of you for another election cycle.

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  11. 1 - Google Ron Paul in 60 minutes petition

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    3 - sign the petition

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  12. CHECK TRENDS NOW!
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  13. As Americans, we should help Norway to elect politicians like Ron Paul, so that Norway and the world will be a better, safer and more prosperous place.

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  14. And anyway, a little less socialism, Norway, and this never would have happened.

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  15. And anyway, a little less socialism, Norway, and this never would have happened.

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  16. A clarification from the Paul campaign, Ron Paul will not give away free guns to Norwegians. That would be welfare. But he will make it legal to carry guns everywhere so that only the rich and insane will be armed, making Norway safe for Norwegians again.

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  17. A clarification from the Paul campaign, Ron Paul will not give away free guns to Norwegians. That would be welfare. But he will make it legal to carry guns everywhere so that only the rich and insane will be armed, making Norway safe for Norwegians again.

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  18. President Ron Paul will issue an uzzi to every Norwegian and make Norway as safe as Texas.

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  19. President Ron Paul will issue an uzzi to every Norwegian and make Norway as safe as Texas.

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  20. You Americans are so lucky to able to vote for the best man in the universe Ron Paul!!!!! I only wish we Moldovians could have him!!! But he good for Moldova to you elect him. How can a man marry a man? This not good. We need corporation in Moldova. No tax rich! We have 1 rich he give everybody blinzes good man. Jews bad Israel not need US aids. Ron Paul do right thing!!! He is the best man lick ass whole world!!!!

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