Monday, February 25, 2013

Ron Paul: Federal Agents Should Be Disarmed

Back in January, I made a modest proposal:
Although I remain in favor of most Americans being allowed to own and  carry any guns they choose, and am against even gun registration, there is one group, I propose, that should be an exception to this rule: federal government employees. The emergence of the phrase,"going postal," is not for nothing. 
The greatest atrocities in the history of mankind have been committed by government employees during periods after guns were confiscated from "the people." Thus, there is clear justification for disarming them.
I'm glad to note Ron Paul thinking along the same lines. He writes:
While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.[...] 
All Americans [...] should be concerned about the use of force to limit our choices. This is because there is no limiting principle to the idea that the government force is justified if used “for our own good.” Today it is those who sell raw milk who are being victimized by government force, tomorrow it could be those who sell soda pop or Styrofoam cups. Therefore, all Americans should speak out against these injustices.

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