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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 1/17/11: Why Gov. Cannot "Make Us Safe"

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Why Government Cannot "Make Us Safe" by Mandating Security

by Ron Paul

The terrible violence in Arizona last weekend prompted much national discussion on many issues. All Americans are united in their sympathies for the victims and their families. All wonder what could motivate such a horrible act. However, some have attempted to use this tragedy to discredit philosophical adversaries or score political points. This sort of opportunism is simply despicable. We are fortunate to live in a society where violence is universally denounced. Not one public official or commentator has attempted to justify this reprehensible act, yet the newspapers, Internet and airwaves are full of people trying to claim it was somehow motivated by someone else's political rhetoric.

Most disturbing are the calls to use government power to censor certain forms of speech and even outlaw certain types of criticism of public officials. This was the completely apolitical act of a violent and disturbed man. How sad that the attempted murder of the Congresswoman who had just read the First Amendment on the House Floor would be used in efforts to chill free speech. Perhaps some would feel safer if the Alien and Sedition Acts were reinstated. Also troubling are the renewed calls for stricter gun control laws and for government to do something to somehow prevent similar incidents in the future. This always seems to be the knee-jerk reaction to any crime committed with a gun. Nonsensical proposals to outlaw guns around federal officials and install bulletproof barriers in the Congressional galleries only reinforce the growing perception that politicians view their own lives as far more important than the lives of ordinary citizens.

Politicians and a complicit media have conditioned many citizens to view government as our protector, leading to more demands for government action whenever tragedies occur. But this impulse is at odds with the best American traditions of self-reliance and individualism, and it also leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty. Remember, liberty only has meaning if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and more government security is demanded. Government cannot make us safe by mandating security any more than than it can make us prosperous by decreeing an end to poverty.

We need to reaffirm the core American value of individual responsibility. Consider the young man who had the courage to tackle the shooter and prevent further carnage because he himself had a concealed weapon. Without that gun he could have been yet another sitting duck. When peaceful citizens are armed they at least have a chance against armed criminals. Advocates of gun control would urge us to leave our safety to law enforcement, but eyewitness reports indicate it took police as much as 20 minutes to arrive on the scene that day.

Since police cannot be everywhere all the time, a large part of our personal safety depends on our ability to defend ourselves. Our constitutional right to bear arms does not create a society without risk or violent crime, and neither would the strictest gun control laws. Guns and violence are a fact of life. The question is whether it is preferable to be defenseless while waiting for the police, or to have the option to arm yourself. We certainly know criminals prefer the former.

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Violence Is Universally Denounced

That is what RP said. But in the march toward Revolution that we are in there may come a time when it not "universally denounced." Reminds me of that oft repeated incorrect statement that "violence never achieves anything."

Only somebody that is totally ignorant of human history could say that. I know Ron is trying to bring about a non-violent evolution but that has never worked before to bring about change that I know about in human history.And don't give me Ghandi and MLK,as examples. Many were killed during those deals.

This shooting in Tucson will bring about repression. How much will Americans accept is the question.

When seconds matter, the cops

When seconds matter, the cops are only minutes away.

My question , at this point,

My question , at this point, is why did it take as much as 20 minutes for the police to arrive on the scene the day Giffords was shot, and 30 minutes before the EMS arrived? That seems exceedingly long, on BOTH counts, considering the circumstances. Aren't events like this usually police patrolled? Seems kinda fishy, to me...

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good point

good point Katherine.

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I believe

the police were following Standard Operating Procedure, and  "establishing a perimeter" around the crime scene.  Translation:  they cowered behind their patrol cars until the shooter either ran out of bullets, committed suicide, or was apprehended by one of the intended victims.  That's what they did at Columbine too.

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Interesting...

yet there seems to be more to it than that, dabooda...
Steven Raylel was on the scene at the time of the shooting and helped to hold the suspect down while waiting for police. Here’s what he said:
“After shooting Giffords, the gunman opened fire indiscriminately for a few seconds, firing 20-30 rounds and hitting a number of people, including a kid no older than 10 years old. Rayle hid behind a concrete pole and pretended to be dead. When the gunman apparently ran out of ammunition he attempted to flee, but a member of Giffords’ staff tackled him. Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-to-20 minutes later. The EMS came about 30 minutes later. Rayle said he was “stunned” by how long it took medical help to arrive."

It took EMS personnel almost 30 minutes to reach the scene?

Whenever someone calls 911 for a Medical Emergency, the Joint
Communications Center (JCC) should dispatch the nearest ambulance and fire truck, along with police if necessary. For this or any type of ME involving life-threatening conditions, from the time of the first call to when the first units arrive on the scene, it shouldn't take more than 6 minutes for the fire crew or ambulance to arrive and start providing emergency medical care. That 6 minute time frame is an absolute MUST, if you're going to prevent brain damage or worse, by providing oxygen and CPR.

If the blog is true, then either the Pima County JCC head needs to be
fired or this is beginning to look more and more like a false flag.

Additionally, you cannot shoot 20 people, 6 killshots in 20 seconds with a Glock 9.

And the crime scene is missing 30 marked out shell casings...

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2011/01/11/gi...

Ron Paul is right, government can not "make us safe".

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"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Our Present Government Represents The Failure Of Parental

Supervision Of Our Children. The CIA Financed The Womens Liberation Movement, Which Began In The Sixties. The Communists Discovered By Liberating The Women, It Was Now Possible For The State To Tax Both The Men And The Women. Prior To That Time Mostly Men Worked And Supported The Family And The Wives Stayed At Home. As A Result, The Family Unit Was Destroyed Because The Children Ran Wild As There Was No Parental Supervision At Home.

We Now Have A Broken Society, With Our Children Becoming Angry And Hating Their Parents. Therefore, Without Good Parental Role Models, The Outside World Affects The Psyche Of These As The Children Rebel To Become Suseptable To All Kinds of Negative Influences Such AS Drugs, And Satanism..

Until We Identify The Problem And Come To Terms With It, Our Society Will Continue To Become More Violent Until The Only Solution Is A Government Solution Of Never Ending Laws In Order To Keep The Peace. The Change Agents Understand The Problem Better Then We And They Will Never Free Us By Telling You The Truth. Government Has A Vested Interest In Keeping The Truth From Us, And At The Same Time Enslaving Us With More And Laws That Solve Nothing.

One Day We May Wake Up And Realize This Truth. I Hope It Not Too Late.

You make valid points, earl.

You make valid points, earl.
If I'm not mistaken, that's predominantly what led to the downfall of the Roman Empire, as well.

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"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Best quote

"Remember, liberty only has meaning if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and more government security is demanded. Government cannot make us safe by mandating security any more than than it can make us prosperous by decreeing an end to poverty."

Classic Ron Paul.

Does he write his own stuff?

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Makes me think of an old

Makes me think of an old video where everybody was saying "I am Ron Paul".

He voices our thoughts so clearly.

Funny I Just Saw This Video

I just saw this video here:
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/95/pg1/srtpages

And immediately came here to post it LOL

The OP in the above link is correct, it's truly a shame that the person that speaks the truth like Ron Paul and Assange stand on difficult grounds.

Amazing speech though
Thank You Ron Paul for responding!!!!

I love this man

Thank you Tomasz,Did you get my return email?It is very important to me my friend.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Thank you

I just send you a long detailed reply.

Today someone a close friend accused me of being over sensitive.
The person mixed up two different comments that were made.

It hurts because I do not feel in any way that I did anything wrong by pointing out one of the most vicious horrific attacks on another DP member I have ever seen in almost 4 years of reading this blog.

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Timely message by Ron Paul

Thanks LL!

Thanks Steve

Yes -- perfect timing!

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Can the post be unfrozen?

so I can add the full text.

Thanks!

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Already done, LL

You can change it anyway you wish.

I added it

as soon as I was able to edit I added the text - important for those that are unable to watch videos on their computers.

I walked 5 miles this day to be able to access internet.
Stopped one fight on DP and posted a few articles...

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Great job, LL Dedicated you are!

This story is now also front page news.

my comment on YT is at the top too

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