Ron Paul Slams Gun Control, Endorses Voluntaryism on Leno

September 27th, 2013

Last night, former US Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote his new book, The School Revolution. Unlike most mainstream media figureheads, Jay Leno has a history of treating Dr. Paul with respect, and last night’s appearance was no different in that regard. Topics of discussion included Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential ambitions, gun rights, the budget debate, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and more.

RonPaulForums has the full video of the interview. In it, Ron Paul delivered some devastating arguments against the nanny state. Check out the below clip from the official YouTube channel for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In a concise response, the good doctor eviscerates gun control and the nanny state while endorsing the principles of voluntaryism.

Ron Paul’s Simple and Powerful Argument in Favor of Gun Rights

Mass shootings almost always happen in gun-free zones. The perpetrators are typically inexperienced shooters. When Jay Leno asked Ron Paul about his views on how to address mass shootings, the response generated a strong cheer from the audience, “Most people in Texas homes wouldn’t be invaded like that, because [would-be invaders] know what would happen.”

Gun restrictions empower home invaders. Similarly, gun-free zones invite mass shooters. In Chicago and Washington DC, strict gun control laws unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence. The best way to deter mass shootings is to reduce the number of gun-free zones, either through the provision of armed security by property owners or by enacting policies that respect law-abiding citizens’ gun rights. On the other hand, announcing to the world that a particular property is packed with people and devoid of guns has been proven to attract mass casualty events.

Ron Paul’s Endorsement of Voluntaryism

As the conversation shifted to seat belt laws, Ron Paul brought out a solid point, “Do you think people do things only because the government tells us to do it?” People often presume that government bans are effective in changing the behavior of irresponsible individuals. As the War on Drugs has demonstrated, addicts will continue using whether their vices are illegal or not.

Ron Paul distilled his views down to a basic principle for The Tonight Show‘s viewers, ”I happen to believe in voluntaryism. I don’t like authoritarianism, because that gives the authority to government to tell you how to live, how you want to run your personal life, your own sexual lives. They tell you what you can eat and drink. I just don’t want any part of the authoritarian approach.” The crowd erupted with cheers in response. All-in-all, Jay Leno gave the good doctor a fair opportunity to explain his views and covered a wide range of interesting topics.

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About the Author: Barry Donegan

Barry Donegan is a singer for the experimental mathcore band Look What I Did, a writer, a self-described "veteran lifer in the counterculture", a political activist/consultant, and a believer in the non-aggression principle.