Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is running for President, and while he isn’t leading in the polls, he does find ways to distinguish himself from the rest of the pack on several key issues. One of those issues where Senator Paul consistently outranks the competition is on the issue of Constitutional rights. This was in full display this past Sunday when Senator Paul appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. Todd asked the Senator about last week’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California and connected it to President Obama’s desire for more robust gun control, which is when Senator Paul dropped a “truth bomb” on NBC, President Obama and the American people.
Paul’s fellow Kentuckian (and constitutional conservative) Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) praised Senator Paul for his efforts on NBC and his consistent support of our constitutional rights.
President Obama stated last night that he thinks Congress should pass more gun control. Contrast that with Senator Rand Paul's astute observation that "Every gun regulation that President Obama has advocated for -- California has already and it didn’t stop this."
Frankly, I believe Obama wants more oppressive gun control laws than even California has. Rand's point remains true regardless. Gun control laws in California and elsewhere have failed to prevent terrorism, while depriving innocent citizens of the means to stop the attacks. I will not be voting for any of Obama's federal gun control agenda.
Here is Senator Paul's full statement:
Chuck Todd: "These folks accumulated quite the arsenal. Is there any federal regulation you would support that would figure out how to regulate how much of an arsenal somebody could have in their garage?"
Rand Paul: "Interestingly, they accumulated this arsenal in California that has ten-day waiting period, has no private sale of guns. Every gun regulation that President Obama has advocated for California has already and it didn’t stop this. I think ultimately that the rules that you make for gun control, people who are intent on killing themselves aren’t too concerned with the rules. Law-abiding citizens are. The other thing to realize is that almost all these shootings, including this shooting, happened in a government building where people are not allowed to defend themselves. While it’s not the ultimate answer, the ultimate answer would be no violence, part of the is saying we need to allow people to defend themselves."
Chuck Todd: "So you’d like to get rid of no-carry rules?"
Rand Paul: "Yeah."