Retiring Rep. Ron Paul Becomes First Republican
To Rip NRA’s Plan for Armed Guards at Schools, Saying That It Would
Create 'Orwellian Surveillance State'
Senator Ron Paul from Texas took on the National Rifle Association
this week, arguing that the gun lobby's recent proposal to place
armed guards at every U.S. school is 'just another kind of violence.'
In a statement
released on Monday, the uncompromising libertarian lawmaker said
that the federal government should not try to 'pursue unobtainable
safety' and claimed that Democrats and Republicans have 'zero moral
authority to legislate against violence.'
is the world of government provided security, a world
far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse,
the 77-year-old congressman wrote on his website. School shootings,
no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance
state in America.
Paul, who is
retiring from Congress next week, is the first Republican to publicly
criticize the NRA's proposal, which was unveiled last Friday in
the aftermath of the Newtown, Connection, school massacre that took
the lives of 26 people, among them 20 children, Fox News reported.
the CEO of the powerful gun lobby, pushed for federal funding needed
to revamp the nations school security, with the idea of posting
armed guards outside every school as a centerpiece of the plan.
thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,
LaPierre said during a press conference in Washington DC.
independent-minded congressman, however, forcefully disagreed with
the NRAs approach to the problem of gun violence.
I certainly agree that more guns equals less crime and that private
gun ownership prevents many shootings, I don't agree that conservatives
and libertarians should view government legislation, especially
at the federal level, as the solution to violence, the veteran
compared the plan to airport security procedures, wondering whether
Americans really want to live in a world of police checkpoints,
surveillance cameras, X-ray scanners and warrantless physical searches.
also chided people in the left who have been demanding that lawmakers
tighten gun restrictions. The lawmaker insisted that new laws will
do nothing to prevent a mentally ill person from opening fire.
that real change can happen only when the U.S. makes a commitment
to rebuilding civil society based on family, religion and free market,
not through passing new, increasingly restrictive laws.
the calls for more gun control 'understandable, but misguided,'
Paul wrote that the government is incapable of creating a world
a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy
ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens
lives, h wrote. We shouldnt settle for substituting
one type of violence for another.
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