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“The Lib­er­tar­ian Party is the only po­lit­i­cal party call­ing for sen­si­ble, se­ri­ous pol­icy change that would re­duce the fre­quency of mass shoot­ings as well as min­i­mize the dam­age they do. Vir­tu­ally all mass shoot­ings hap­pen in gun-free zones. Re­gard­less of the ide­ol­ogy of the shooter or the type of weapons used, the com­mon link is that the event oc­curs where re­spon­si­ble gun own­ers are pro­hib­ited from car­ry­ing arms for selfde­fense” says Lib­er­tar­ian Na­tional Com­mit­tee chairman Ni­cholas Sar­wark, who points out that the shoot­ing in Or­lando — and in San Ber­nadino, Paris, Fort Hood and other lo­ca­tions — took place in gun-free zones.

“In each of these mass killings, the gov­ern­ment pro­hib­ited peo­ple from ex­er­cis­ing their life-sav­ing right to self de­fense. Gov­ern­ment-man­dated gun-free zones dis­arm those who want to de­fend them­selves and their loved ones. Gun-free zones cre­ate killing fields for mass mur­der­ers who, by def­i­ni­tion, do not care what the law says,” Mr. Sar­wark con­tin­ues. “Self-de­fense is a fun­da­men­tal hu­man right. When gov­ern­ment takes away the right of self-de­fense, it is vi­o­lat­ing a fun­da­men­tal hu­man right and en­dan­ger­ing its cit­i­zens.”

He adds, “The choice of whether and how to de­fend one­self is a pro­foundly per­sonal one. The gov­ern­ment should not man­date that ev­ery Amer­i­can carry a gun for per­sonal self-de­fense, nor should it man­date that ev­ery Amer­i­can must rely on po­lice for pro­tec­tion. The beauty of the right to self-de­fense is that it keeps the crim­i­nals guess­ing as to who has a gun and who does not. This deters mass shoot­ers from even try­ing.”

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