Ron Paul: Government Cannot Protect Us From All Possible Harm

by Ron Paul

The senseless and horrific killings last week at a movie theater in Colorado reminded Americans that life is fragile and beautiful, and we should not take family, friends, and loved ones for granted. Our prayers go out to the injured victims and the families of those killed. As a nation we should use this terrible event to come together with the resolve to create a society that better values life.

We should also face the sober reality that government cannot protect us from all possible harm. No matter how many laws we pass, no matter how many police or federal agents we put on the streets, no matter how routinely we monitor internet communications, a determined individual or group can still cause great harm. We as individuals are responsible for our safety and the safety of our families.

Furthermore, it is the role of civil society rather than government to build a culture of responsible, peaceful, productive individuals. Government cannot mandate morality or instill hope in troubled individuals. External controls on our behavior imposed by government through laws, police, and jails usually apply only after a terrible crime has occurred.

Internal self-governance, by contrast, is a much more powerful regulator of human behavior than any law. This self-governance must be developed from birth, first by parents but later also through the positive influence of relatives and adult role models. Beyond childhood, character development can occur through religious, civic, and social institutions. Ultimately, self-governance cannot be developed without an underlying foundation of morality.

Government, however, is not a moral actor. The state should protect our rights, but it cannot develop our character. Whenever terrible crimes occur, many Americans understandably demand that government “do something” to prevent similar crimes in the future. But this reflexive impulse almost always leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, and metal detectors? Do we really believe government can provide total security? Do we want to involuntarily commit every disaffected, disturbed, or alienated person who fantasizes about violence? 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. Government cannot create a world without risks, 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.


  • Ron Paul is too good for most American people. He’s like a pure virgin in a crowd of whores.

  • James Holmes is a Terrorist. He took revenge of innocent people. It does not matter he was mentally ill or faking it. He is a radical Christian terrorist. What makes me mad is when Christians, Jews, Buddhist, Hindus does terrorist act their religion never brought up, if it is a Muslim we are terrorist automatically. Terrorist has no race or religion. Terrorist can be anyone, when you decide to strike & take revenge, that’s called terrorist. I fear radical Christians Terrorist. Stop Terrorism.

  • Of course not because they’re too busy harming us…..

  • We love you Mr. Ron Paul. You are great man for all people.
    Yes, government cannot protect us all the time. When people say it is not my job to help those need help then what is purpose of living in this life? We are social creators. We must report those seem up to something like buying lots of weapons & dangerous materials, it is our job to stop them. Terrorist means: Terrorize the people for revenge. Terrorist also means : Take revenge of your government & their people. Stop Terrorism.

  • its not going to happen dude i like ron but any1 that thinkss he can still win is delusional

  • We need more than a president like Dr. Paul. That won’t change much. Congressmen, the Senate, the House, they will are complicate anything and everything he would want to change. I feel like everyone needs to have a bigger heart and listen to the community they are representing not rather than the interest of money, investments, or corporation gratuity. This isn’t something that can just be changed by polices though =/ So even if he did magically win, it would be great, but nothing would change.

  • everyone should push for open carry everywhere so that people will realize if they want to go apeshit they will be held accountable for their actions, and this would move the discussion of guns from less guns to more guns and less control from government, causing government once again to fear the people and not the people fearing the government


  • the problem with government from what i see is when the government isn’t doing something right , you cannot go to some one else who provides the service better, because they hold the monopoly they have no risk or worry when something they do is not the best that it could be because they will get paid next month either way hence monopoly

  • Alright, give me a little time then. BRB

  • Why?

  • People are getting cancer now from the food industry – *who are you gonna sue since the government is saying that this food is perfectly OK to eat?* Meanwhile, other alternatives, like organic food stores, are getting raided and shut down by armed government agents. This is taking peiple’s jobs away and making food options available more exoensive. No wonder much of the nation is going into poverty, a select few making a whole lot of money, all while government has been growing like crazy.

  • Food industry? Are you being serious? Do I need to address that too?

  • The so called “free education” costs is costing parents about $10k/student/year and royally screwing kids up the more and more money that we throw at it. This economic parasite to real economic growth is almost as bad as the healthcare situation. Private education can be had at a far better cost, at a much better quality, the extra savings put back into the people’s pockets for better purposes, and we are all a whole lot better off.

  • Did Ron Paul end up winning 5 states? I can’t wait to hear his 15 min speech during the convention! Oh man he is going to rip everyone a new one!

  • “Car safety” is driving up the cost of cars for everyone. Sure, it’s important, but the contribution to a nation in poverty to purchase safety mandates that they wouldnt otherwise want is far freater. For example, a new car being produced in India is selling for something like $3,000 and runs on 55mpg, and they are working on a 100mpg car. All this whining about fuel efficiency and the people are being prevented from buying it bc of mandates. Meanwhile subsidizing retarded and expensive hybrids.

  • lets take out car speed limit, and allow drunk driving.
    self govern right?!
    and no gun laws is most important to insure safety.

  • Taking away all the guns would lower the chances of this exact event happening again, but it doesn’t stop him from getting into a mac truck and smashing into a crowd somewhere at 100 mph. If he wants to go about killing a bunch of people, creativity is far more powerful of a force. If we go about restricting anything and everything that might possibly hurt someone somewhere, we end up with the highest incarceration rate on the planet. This is currently the case and it is far more damaging.

  • Im Irish in Ireland and I feel bad for The USA too not voting for this man – -his has such character and substance — amazing comment he made in this video around a very delicate subject the last few days there in colarado

  • ROFL—-how dare thee accuse me of trolling…
    Give me a link, it will get checked out. Been this route before with people though. Got some garbage azz YT vidz that don’t prove a thing…but go ahead. Alwayz worth a try, and you can’t say I didn’t listen to your side…