Rep. Thomas Massie: Liberty is a well-armed lamb

In the words of George Mason, the Founding Father known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights”: “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Benjamin Franklin said: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.” And he could well have added: “Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

Tragically, when a criminal goes on a shooting spree or a terrorist attacks innocent people, the administration and some members of Congress immediately call for more gun control. Just days after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, many Democrats took to the House floor to declare that guns themselves cause crime and terrorism.

Unfortunately, gun control advocates never acknowledge that criminals and terrorists by definition have no respect for the law. Therefore, passage of stringent gun control measures only disarms and punishes honest, law-abiding citizens.

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