Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) spoke out on Monday against trying to solve gun violence with government legislation — even legislation like the National Rifle Association’s plan to place armed guards in every school in the country.
In a letter posted on his website, Paul admonished both sides of the aisle for being too quick to ask for legislation to prevent gun violence in schools.
“Many Americans believe that if we simply pass the right laws, future horrors like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting can be prevented,” he wrote. “But this impulse ignores the self evident truth that criminals don’t obey laws.”
Paul criticized the Left for rushing to call for harsher gun control. He then took a swing at conservatives — and the NRA — for falling into the same trap of asking for more legislation in the form of school guards.
“While I certainly agree that more guns equals less crime and that private gun ownership prevents many shootings, I don’t agree that conservatives and libertarians should view government legislation, especially at the federal level, as the solution to violence,” Paul wrote.
The Congressman stressed that government policies cannot solve the problems of American society and only succeed in limiting the freedoms of Americans in the name of ‘safety.’
“Government role is to protect liberty, not to pursue unobtainable safety,” he wrote.
Paul is not alone in his denouncement of the NRA plan. Liberals and conservatives alike have criticized the organization’s strategy, especially in light of the looming fiscal cliff. The NRA plan is estimated to cost the federal government billions of dollars.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also said he didn’t support the plan.
“I am not someone who believes that having multiple armed guards in every school is something that will enhance the learning environment,” Gov. Chris Christie said last week. “You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids.”