Second Amendment: You Have a Right to Defend Yourself
We don’t think it’s good for society when the only people who can be dangerous are criminals and the government. The Second Amendment isn’t about tactical hardware; it’s about your fundamental right to defend yourself as you see fit.
We understand why people want to have a conversation about gun control; when we see a tragedy take place, we want to prevent it from happening again. But taking away your right to defend yourself with a firearm has unintended consequences.
Gun-free zones, for example, have made schools easy targets for violence, because would-be assailants know there’s no one in the building who can fight back. This one-size-fits-all federal solution has not worked -- and it should be up to the parents and administrators of each individual school to choose which security methods they use to protect their children.
296 people in the United States were killed in mass shootings in 2017, many of which were domestic violence. But 1,129 people were killed by police, 718 of whom were non-violent offenders or had committed no crime at all -- which is why we’d find it very difficult to tell a single mother, for example, that she can’t defend herself from an intruder until the police arrive.
The government has created a culture where parents can take less responsibility for their children and where violence (driven largely by the Drug War) seems normal. Libertarians, on the other hand, stand on the principle of personal responsibility and reject the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.
If the people of Arizona want to have a conversation about gun control, we can absolutely do that. Because the Libertarian Party is the only party that stands firmly on the principle that your right to defend yourself “shall not be infringed -- and as governor of Arizona, I will always side with the Bill of Rights and the rule of law.