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Ron Paul: More Guns Will Deter Shootings

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has a simple solution to future shooting massacres such as the one that ripped apart Virginia Tech university Monday: more guns.

"People are a little more cautious if somebody might have a gun there," the GOP presidential candidate told Politico reporters Tuesday. "A concealed gun carried by a responsible person -- that might have ended the problem that they had at Virginia Tech with one person being killed or two people being killed."

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More guns

Since passage of concealed-carry in Missouri, many banks and school buildings have put up silly "No Concealed Weapons Allowed" signs. The signs should say this instead: "Attention Criminal! Every law abiding citizen in this building is, by definition, unarmed and therefore defenseless against illegal firearms. If you hurt one of them you'll be in big trouble, buster! Have a nice day!"


Bullies and thieves are ALWAYS cowards, and take the road less likely to resist.
I have seen this over and over again in my life and have experience this first hand.
When a known defence, or threat of immediate retaliation is present, the cowards always go elsewhere to where those he or she wants to prey upon are weak and cannot resist. It is common sense, that where there is known to be firearms being carried by others for personal protection, a thief or murderer will not challenge but will do their evil deeds elsewhere.
Ron Paul is not only correct, but he is a man who know what he is talkng about and says what needs to be heard. Guns do not kill people, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!
The Founding Fathers knew exactly what is in the heart of man and that we all have the God given rights to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the threat of others whether they be foreign or domestic.
May God bless us with such a man as Ron Paul to run this nation as it ought to be and we shall then prosper according.

virginia tech

the student that shot numerous people at virginia tech did so with 2 handguns. he had time to stand around and reload and then empty another clip because he had no opposition. the police couldn't get there any sooner. not that it should be the wild wild west, but Ron's right. If you had a gun in that classroom that day, you would have had a fighting chance.

not that i'm for guns in schools :) i'm for people protecting themselves, go Ron. criminals will always find guns, arms manufacturing is a billion dollar business, we can't make it dissappear.

Nice in theory

But do we really want everyone running around with guns? Perhaps if people are well educated, and had respect for life, but that America is long gone - corrupted. Personally I wouldn't want to become the collateral damage of some shooters that I have no business with.

While I agree with Ron Paul on most issues, and indeed on this one in theory I think we have to come to a point where we realize that this is no longer the country of our Founding Fathers, and there is no way to get back - only a way forward...

I dunno. It doesn't sound like a solution - more like a rationalization.

Reinforcing Our Founding Fathers

Our Founding Fathers gave us The Bill Of Rights,The Constitution and The
Declaration Of Independence.Theses 3 documents clearly state what the answer
is.We The People as citizens have a duty to reinforce what are founding fathers
left for us in these precious documents and Ron Paul is the only man who seems to understand this and wants to restore our republic.
As for Guns? Answer: 2nd amendment.
As for me, I pray this will always be the great country of our founding fathers.

" For Evil To Conquer, Good Men Need To Do Nothing"

yours in Liberty


Liberty For All,
Cheryl Bentz

Founding fathers & guns

Good points all, Cherylinpa.
I would like to make a constitutional point, however, that I'm afraid many people miss. Most people who favor private ownership of firearms cite the Second Amendment, which is said to give us the right to bear arms. Wrong! The people are given their RIGHTS by their creator. The people, in turn, grant certain POWERS to government (severely limited, specifically listed powers) via the Constitution. Even if the Second Amendment did not exist, the U.S. government would not have the power to prohibit guns, since that power is not enumerated in the Constitution.
As I write this, the noon news is reporting that some are calling for new federal laws to regulate violence on TV. Where is the constitutional authority for that? Nowhere! But do reporters ever ask that question? Dream on.
I hope Dr. Paul gets many opportunities to explain the forgotten concept of enumerated powers during the debates.

Don't college students have 2nd amendment rights?

It seems to me that those students were trapped in a "gun-free" campus with no defenses. I fail to see how that policy helped them in any way. It got a lot of people killed. Virginia is a shall-issue concealed carry state, for everybody except those kids.

John Lott:
"The effect of "shall-issue" concealed handgun laws-which give adults the right to carry concealed handguns if they do not have a criminal record or a history of significant mental illness-has been dramatic. Thirty-one states now have such laws. When states passed them during the 19 years we studied, the number of multiple-victim public shootings declined by 84%. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90%, injuries by 82%. "

Putting guns in the hands of faculty in Israel has saved lives, and stopped school shootings. If this works in the climate of Israel, it can work here.

I don't think it's fair to say that people are too stupid to own guns. Most Americans outside the big cities own guns, and it's not the wild west.

Sam Marsh

Re: Nice in theory

I would imagine Dr. Paul has the same stance on gun control as the founding fathers, who thought citizens needed to be armed in order to be able to fight back against a tyrranical government. They recognized the trend for all governments to drift towards more and more power, control, and bureaucracy, and knew citizens might need to fight back one day, e.g. the Battle of Athens:

On the issue of guns in schools, I don't think repealling gun control laws on a federal level would affect the state, county and city laws preventing guns in certain places.

Its always seemed pretty simple to me. If people want tighter federal gun control, amend the constitution properly...