On Tuesday, the Free to Choose Network
, a non-profit political organization dedicated to promoting the principles of personal and economic freedom, released a video
on their YouTube channel of a young former Congressman Ron Paul talking about guns in 1989. In the video, Paul says that "no one should tell you you can't own a gun because it might be misused." He goes on to make the argument that any misuse of an object, including a gun, should be dealt with in the courts.
Paul is also shown holding a gun in the video while he references Thomas Jefferson and his quotes on inalienable rights. He closes out the video talking about Libertarianism and says "we have a right to own anything we want, including guns, as long as we harm no other person." He also says "if we sacrifice our liberty in the pursuit of safety, we'll lose our safety and our liberty."
Although this particular video is rare, Ron Paul has never been shy to speak his views on guns. In another video
, Paul discusses the 2nd amendment being put into place to protect against abusive government and his views that had a pilot been carrying a pistol on 9/11, the hijackers would have been discouraged or stopped from the hijacking and attacks. He also dedicated an entire chapter to the issue in his book Liberty Defined