Ron Paul: ‘Gun control will make us less free, less safe’

In his weekly audio address, Ron Paul said that the recent shootings in Washington and Ottawa, Canada, are “certain to lead to new calls for gun control,” but that the country should exercise caution before resorting to such measures.

“As with most infringements on liberty, gun control will not only make us less free, it will make us less safe,” said the retired Congressman former presidential candidate on Monday. “Respecting the right of the people to keep and bear arms is the original and best homeland security policy. Restricting the right of people to arm themselves leaves them with no effective defense against violent criminals or a tyrannical government.”

Paul, a libertarian, went on to tout the merits of expanding gun rights for law-abiding citizens, noting that armed good guys have the potential to stop armed bad guys from committing terrorist acts.

“It is no coincidence that states that pass ‘concealed carry’ laws experience a drop in crime. Since passing concealed carry in Texas in 1995, murder in the state has declined by 52 percent. In comparison, the national murder rate declined by only 33 percent,” said Paul. “Perhaps the best illustration of the dangers of gun control is federal regulations forbidding pilots from having guns in their cockpits. Ironically, this rule went into effect shortly before September 11, 2001. If pilots had the ability to carry guns on 9/11, the hijackers may well have been stopped from attacking the World Trade Center and Pentagon or persuaded to not even try.”

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Edgar October 7, 2017, 2:42 am

    Of course it will make us less free, less safe.
    It will also set a legal precedent where in the government can regulate what they feel is something that should be regulated beyond the individuals right.
    Example: simply examining vehicle accidents involving high performance cars…(just like modern sporting rifles) the government could regulate them out of reach of he regular man….demanding approved permits from the government at a high cost or at high cost of certification. They could simply out right ban them with the simply excuse of \” DO YOU REALLY NEED A CORVETTE….SHELBY MUSTANG….A HELL CAT…A FERRARI….OR A LAMBORGIHNI\” A regular passenger car, truck or suv should be sufficient. After all what do you need with all of that excess horse power ? Allowing the government to regulate our 2nd amendment is a slippery slope that can easily be the legal precedent for later government regulation into other things in our life. We are hearing it today from our politicians: \”Do they need \”semi-auto\” rifles for hunting? \” Why would anyone need more than one AR ? Now the politicians have their sights on our modern sporting rifles. They will NOT use logic, They will NOT use facts or statistics. They will attempt to use the latest tragedy to catapult their gun control agenda while those victims and families are still suffering. If they win….we will certainly be less free and less safe.

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