Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ron Paul’s Sage Commentary on Gun Control

In the December 8th installment of his weekly blog “Texas Straight Talk” Ron Paul provides yet another timely message on the dangers of gun control. The title of this installment is “Gun Control: Protecting Terrorists and Despots”, and uses the most recent tragedy in Mumbai as an initial focal point. Representative Paul states:

“Regardless of the reasons, the indiscriminate shooting on masses of unarmed and defenseless people is chilling and reprehensible. How were these terrorists able to continue so long, relatively unchallenged, killing so many?

“India’s gun laws are her business, of course. However, once the shock of these events and the initial reaction of fear passes, Americans should take away a valuable lesson about real homeland security and gun control from this tragedy.”


Ron Paul is just the latest of many individuals around the world who have astutely pointed out that the disaster in Mumbai represents the ultimate failure of strict gun control and the dangerous illusion of safety that it generates for an unwitting populace. The people of India believed that they were safe. They believed that individuals with firearms did not roam their streets. They believed that their laws and police protected them from harm, but unfortunately they were wrong on all counts. Their police were ill trained. The perpetrators of this inhumane atrocity cared nothing for the rule of law or the strictures put in place by the Indian government. The people were therefore left defenseless as a legal code will not stop a terrorist’s bullet.

Ron Paul also makes what should be an obvious point, but one that is completely lost on the proponents of gun control:

“The fact is that firearm technology exists. It cannot be uninvented. As long as there is metalworking and welding capability, it matters not what gun laws are imposed upon law-abiding people. Those that wish to have guns, and disregard the law, will have guns. Gun control makes violence safer and more effective for the aggressive, whether the aggressor is a terrorist or a government.”

The only effective defense against an individual with a firearm is for the potential victim or victims to be protected with their own firearms – and the will and ability to use those firearms effectively. People are taught to “call the police” if the worst happens. If one is disarmed, that is the only option, but in reality people aren’t calling for the police, they’re calling for a gun to defend them against attack. Unfortunately police are often critical minutes away. By the time they arrive, their job is limited to chalking out the body and cordoning off the crime scene to collect evidence. Societies with strict gun control effectively remove the ability of the individual to protect themselves.

Ron Paul ends the commentary with a warning:

“In our own country, we should be ever vigilant against any attempts to disarm the people, especially in this economic downturn. I expect violent crime to rise sharply in the coming days, and as states and municipalities are even more financially strained, the police will be even less able or willing to respond to crime. In many areas, local police could become more and more absorbed with revenue generating activities, like minor traffic violations and the asset forfeiture opportunities of non-violent drug offenses. Your safety has always, ultimately been your own responsibility, but never more so than now. People have a natural right to defend themselves. Governments that take that away from their people should be highly suspect.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself! Yet another great dose of wisdom from Ron Paul.

Until next time!!!

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