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.

  • FanatikJ

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  • destiny

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  • jdmchoes92

    LET THE ECONOMY AND ESTABLISHMENT DIE ITS TIME FOR A REVOLUTION!

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  • YOURFAET

    Funny, I had a debate with a SMART DUMB person about taking responsibilities for our own safety. I live in the most dangerous city in the US (Chicago) and I point blank would blast any blood thirsty zombie trying to harm, or rob me or my family. It’s time us NON FELON citizens protect ourselves against monsters… Police are only good for ONE thing. Coming AFTER some shit has happened. #Seriously

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  • Ilikemustard

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  • Anthony

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  • StopTheMorons

    The rest of the neocon GOP need their heads examined.

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  • StopTheMorons

    How can anybody dislike this?

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    Dammit TSA and other acronym-ed freedom haters!

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  • Brian Walston

    Ron Paul 2012: Why Vote for Either Evil?

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    If I was an american I would vote for this man

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  • destiny

    RON PAUL

    2012 !!!

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  • destiny

    Ron Paul. You have my vote.

    I have been a republican all of my life. My beliefs and views about the country fell into the republican idea. Then I started to listen to you more. You make a whole lot of sense. I love your views on GUNS, GAY MARRIAGE, BRING THE COUNTRY HOME, DEFEND OUR COUNTRY.

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    a non-interventionist
    A congressman who knows the system
    someone we can trust with a consistant voting record.

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  • eBe4IXcept

    Ron Paul is hot, and his voting record is pure! He shall smite the wicked ones and deliver us from their hand unto a new age of purity and light. For behold and see! He cometh from the Austrian School and shall crucify the money-changers on a cross of gold! And the kings of the earth shall praise him and beat their enriched uranium into plow shears! And peace shall guide the planets and love shall steer the stars!

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  • DC

    @ eBe4IXcept

    You sure dedicate a lot of time towards expressing your anti-Ron Paul views. Do something productive with your life, like educate yourself, go read a book. Not one individual agrees with you on this site so do us all a huge favor and get lost.

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  • HeyaHoney

    I have so much respect for this man – a no bullshitting politician who actually cares about his people, yet some of you folks in the US vote a warmongering liar just because he’s black. Get the rest to wake up before the whole world is bombed to fuck for no reason because of Obama.

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  • eBe4IXcept

    It’s all propaganda from the rich. The government is the only tool which the non-rich can influence by their votes. It would be foolish for the non-rich to favor weakening government. They should be about reducing the rich’s ability to disproportionally influence government.

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  • texasB666

    Does this man ever sleep? 😀 Too bad i don’t live in America cause i would vote for the first time in my life and it would be Ron Paul. Such a great guy.

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