Michael Badnarik on Gun Control

Libertarian Party nominee for President


Gun control laws are victim disarmament

Q: What are your positions concerning gun control?

A: As president, I’ll veto any new victim disarmament-’gun control’-legislation, and I’ll shut down the agencies that enforce the 20,000 unconstitutional gun laws now on the books. My administration will defend that policy in court as necessary. The right to keep and bear arms is not negotiable.“

Source: Interview in the Augusta Free Press , Aug 13, 2004

Criminals won’t prey on armed victims

The first lines of defense against criminals are the victims themselves. Criminals go out of their way to avoid preying on those who might be armed; consequently, crime plummets 30-50% when states enact laws making it easy for responsible citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

Won’t all these guns make our society more dangerous? Just the opposite! In 1999, 824 people died from firearm accidents, while the defensive use of guns saved approximately 400,000 lives, in most cases without even wounding the aggressor. Gun bans disarm victims, putting them at the mercy of murderers (or terrorists) who think nothing of breaking the gun laws.

If you can’t quite grasp the concept of guns saving lives, consider how criminals would react to a sign on your lawn saying, “This home is a gun-free zone.” Recall that, in “right-to-carry” states, the primary targets of gun-toting crazies were schools posted as “gun-free.” Such signs advertise that our children are defenseless prey for the wolves among us.

Source: 2004 Presidential campaign website, badnarik.org, “Issues” , Jul 13, 2004

Gun control means being able to hit your target

Gun control means being able to hit your target. If I have a “hot button” issue, this is definitely it. Don’t even THINK about taking my guns! My rights are not negotiable, and I am totally unwilling to compromise when it comes to the Second Amendment.
Source: 2004 Presidential campaign website, badnarik.org, “Issues” , Jul 13, 2004

Second Amendment is not negotiable

The Second Amendment is “not negotiable,” and Badnarik refuses to get a Texas concealed-weapons permit - because “rights do not require permission.”
Source: Michael King, The Austin (TX) Chronicle , Jun 11, 2004

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