(Rep. Ron Paul):
This bill would repeal the Kohl Amendment, which banned guns within 1,000 feet of a permanent or temporary location of a school. H.R. 2613 needs to be supported because the 1,000 foot rule doesn’t touch the violent and only ties the hands of the target of violence. This means that it cannot protect our kids. It is a case of one law which cuts off every reasonable and proven avenue for protecting our neighborhoods and our children.
But don’t hold your breath. It’s not going anywhere and Rep. Ron Paul is retiring at the end of the term.
There are more than 20,000 gun laws in the United States. Scholars, attorneys, activists and historians know that gun laws have not prevented violence; murder is already illegal, with or without a gun. Often time, murder is the primary charge and gun crimes are forgotten. Also, many murders are not solved. Gun laws do not impact these.
Gun laws are oppressive, unreasonable, illegal and purely for social engineering against the public interest. These are wrong on one principal ground: This is not where crime is fought. One does not fight crime by chasing it, one fights crime by facing it. I am speaking about violence where it is fought best: at the scene of the crime, and this means refusing to be a victim. 80 million gun owners know that they are the only ones they can count on in the first moments of an emergency, and they rise to that responsibility.
One of the silliest and most treacherous social engineering gun laws is the concept of the Gun Free Zones. One example is the crime of having a gun within 1,000 feet of a school. You need to say to me how this saves lives. To millions of non-gun owners, this seems rational, but to 80 - 90 million other Americans who do own guns, it misses the entire point of keeping our children safe. It makes them utterly defenseless in preparedness, spirit, force and in authority.
Let’s take a look at how proper and effective Ron Paul’s Bill is.
Violence prevention programs neglect to inform citizens such as adult college students and the parents of high school and lower school children of their options in how to meet violence. Violence prevention programs neglect to mention that victims of violence do better in resisting than victims who elect to surrender and to give them what they want. [see Paxton Quigley’s book Stayin’ Alive and other authorities.]
It soon becomes clear that our schools are widely known to be disarmed and how they have earned the name of Victim Disarmament Zones. What if the thugs had something else to think about?
Violence prevention short-circuits options. The seriousness of this is that this erodes the government-governed relationship and loses confidence in public servants. Furthermore, such gun laws make constituents fear their servants more than they fear thugs. It soon becomes clear what officials really want.
Gun laws criminalize individual gun owners who have no mens rea, or criminal intent. Making it a crime to have your gun within 1,000 feet of a school is incompatible with your sovereign liberty in forty-nine states which affirm your second amendment rights (and your sovereignty). Just because a law is backed by force of the federal state doesn’t make it a good or just law; it makes it only a tactic of social engineering to the detriment of the community. Another law that doesn’t work as advertised, but it does work for social engineering to the benefit of the State.
These laws are among many which are incompatible with our sovereignty as supreme authority under our system. These laws are trying to change the system, and they are. To dismantle the system things have to be made worse; To reform the system, things have to be made better, and the repeal of gun laws helps to make things better.
The repeal of all gun laws is the first step in smaller government. Violence crimes are already illegal, and millions are completed acts of violence certainly without a gun. Disarming the people makes sense if you’re a Marxist, but not if you are a citizen, and the citizens and the Constitution say what is right, not the servants.