Rand Paul Defends Bill of Rights at NRA-ILA Forum

By Elias J. Atienza

Rand Paul was a speaker at the NRA-ILA Forum in Louisville, Kentucky, calling for the defense of the Bill of Rights, but focusing on the 2nd Amendment.

Paul highlighted how conservatives have won several legal victories when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, but warns that there is still considerable opposition.

But, as always, Paul reminded the crowd that you cannot defend just one of the amendments,

We must always remember that the Second Amendment can only properly be defended when we defend the rest of the bill of rights. You can’t defend the second Amendment unless you defend the First amendment,” Paul said.

Paul gave an impassioned defense of the 4th Amendment as well, saying that if people allowed the government to undermine it, they risked the right to bear arms.

“Our founders saw gun ownership as the ultimate defense against tyranny. Our founders couldn’t imagine a government that banned self-determination or self-defense,” Paul said.

Paul also slammed gun-free zones, saying that mass murders keep happening there. He also slammed new legislation that would not allow veterans diagnosed with PTSD to own guns.

“I’ll be damned before I let the government take guns from the veterans who fought to preserve this country,” he said. “I will do whatever necessary to defend our god-given rights.”

Paul ended the speech with a Thomas Jefferson quote.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”




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