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shin_en
04-18-2007, 12:34 AM
This just popped up on digg.com:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0407/3556.html

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."
Paul, 71, is the kind of lawmaker, and presidential candidate, gun control advocates love to hate at moments like this. And, based on public opinion polls and reader feedback at Politico.com, he's far from alone.
Echoing the views of many Americans, he sees calls for restriction on guns as an affront to freedom. The libertarian-minded Texan is one of the most outspoken defenders of gun rights in Congress. Since the obstetrician was first elected to Congress in 1976, he has never voted for a bill restricting gun ownership. And he said the tragedy in Blacksburg, Va., could have been prevented if the school allowed students and professors to carry concealed weapons on campus.
Paul, who ran for the Libertarian presidential nomination in 1988, is well known on Capitol Hill for his outspoken, maverick positions. He opposed authorizing federal funding to victims of Hurricane Katrina. He wants to abolish the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Department of Education. He has called for a return to the gold standard. He argues that tighter gun control laws would have no impact on gun crime.
"It's the lack of access to law-abiding citizens to have guns in many places that increases our crime rate," he said. "We just can't prevent every tragedy of a maniac. So to pretend this happened because of lack of laws would be the wrong thing to assume."
Despite his pro-gun rhetoric, Paul also often finds himself voting with Democrats, particularly in the area of civil liberties. He was one of only three Republican lawmakers to vote against the USA Patriot Act in 2001. He expressed concern that the Virginia Tech shootings would be exploited to crack down on civil liberties.
"I know there will be a call for, 'Boy, we've got to take hold of every single gun and register the gun.' It's sort of like after 9/11, we had to worry about terrorists, but what we've done is register every American," he said. "With national ID cards, inspection and loss of our liberties, warrantless searches, we've attacked law-abiding citizens. So, no, I don't think we need more gun control for law-abiding citizens."
Paul suggested that the Sept. 11 attacks could have been avoided if the pilots on the hijacked airliners had been armed. "If terrorists knew that every pilot had a gun in the cockpit, they wouldn't have done it," he said. "They would have all been shot and wouldn't have accomplished their mission."

jumbopanda
04-18-2007, 12:36 AM
Damn straight.

MrLogan
04-18-2007, 6:18 AM
Damn. Is this guy running for President? *hopeful*

Cpl_Peters
04-18-2007, 7:40 AM
Ron Paul, my hero. I joined his mailing list and sent him an email asking him to run for president 3 or 4 months ago.....maybe he took my advice :)

bruss01
04-18-2007, 11:12 AM
Ron Paul is INDEED running for President!

I don't care how he does in the primaries. He's the only candidate I can vote for with a clear conscience. If that means I have to write him in, then I write him in. Voting for the lesser of evils means you are still voting for evil! And that's something that I am sick of, and I just won't do it any more so long as I can help it.

This guy is the closest we've seen to Ronald Reagan in a couple of decades. I can't wait for an opportunity to pull the lever in favor of Mr. Ron Paul!

yallknowho
04-18-2007, 1:42 PM
God I love this guy.

stag1500
04-18-2007, 2:17 PM
This country would really be a better place if a Libertarian like Ron Paul were president. However, that's too good to be true.

I'm afraid we're going to be stuck lefties like Guliani or McCain. The best we can hope for is for the Republicans to take back either the House and/or the Senate in '08. A divided Congress would really make it difficult for the gun-grabbers.

FMJBT
04-18-2007, 3:18 PM
The ideal ticket would be Ron Paul/Fred Thompson as Pres. & Vice Pres, in any order. I think Fred Thompson stands a better chance in the primaries than Ron Paul.

stag1500
04-18-2007, 5:06 PM
The ideal ticket would be Ron Paul/Fred Thompson as Pres. & Vice Pres, in any order. I think Fred Thompson stands a better chance in the primaries than Ron Paul.

+1. That would be great ticket! Fred Thompson is just as good as Ron Paul on the gun-rights issue.

FreedomIsNotFree
04-18-2007, 5:23 PM
I would love to see Ron Paul as President....

Only thing is....he would be completely ineffective in getting his agenda through congress unless we had more like minded folks in those congressional seats.

Do you NOT think the Dems and Reps would work together to get legislation through without Presidential approval? 2/3 of Congress can go right over the President.

Folks like Ron Paul would only be effective if we elected people to Congress that would support the agenda.