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Alan Keyes on Gun Control

Republican challenger for IL Senate; previously Candidate for President


Second Amendment not about hunting, but about national duty

The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is in jeopardy these days-dangerously so. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to ensure that we will remain an armed people, able to defend our liberty.

In our defense of firearm rights, we must emphasize this fundamental purpose of the amendment. If we leave the impression that we think that the right to keep and bear arms concerns hunting and sports shooting, and making sure Americans have the right to entertain themselves with guns, we will actually contribute to the false view that the Second Amendment is an historical curiosity.

The right to keep and bear arms derives from our duty to retain the basic means necessary to defend our country and our liberty. Certainly it is true that the actual defense of our national borders is normally delegated to the professional military. But we, the people, are responsible for the defense of country and liberty, and the Second Amendment is crucial to our performance of that duty.

Source: Organizational website, RenewAmerica.us, "On The Issues" Aug 3, 2004

No federal role in gun safety-leave it to states & parents

Q: What do you propose to protect children from injury or death from firearms?
A: There is almost no proper federal role in the area of firearms safety. Legislation concerning responsibility for negligence has traditionally, and properly, fallen to the states. Irresponsibility of parents with regard to firearms is part of the question of the general responsibility, or lack thereof, of parents. As a people, we must honor and foster a recovery of personal and political self-government.
Source: National Association of Children’s Hospitals survey Jan 8, 2000

Teach high school students to use guns

Speaking at the Gun Owners of New Hampshire’s presidential forum, Keyes’ proposal that high school students be taught how to use guns went over well.
Source: Boston Globe, p. A23 Dec 17, 1999

Columbine killers lacked moral development - not gun laws

The gun control mentality is that guns are in control of situations, and when we see kids like those in Columbine High School, we shouldn’t see human beings who have gone off the right moral road because their consciences and self-discipline have not been properly developed. Instead, we should see guns in control of the situation, and then we should react against the guns. “Gun violence” should be called human violence, leaving us at least the dignity of being responsible for our own sins.
Source: (Cross-ref from Juvenile Crime) WorldNetDaily “Standing on p Jun 14, 1999

Gun control is an outcome of godless materialism

The premise of the gun control agenda is that people can’t control things, but that things control people. At the root of the gun control agenda, as with the sex education agenda and so many other liberal agendas, is a denial of our moral nature. And that denial of our moral nature rests ultimately on a denial of the existence of God and of a relationship between God and human things. So the gun control agenda is a natural outcome of the agenda of godless materialism.
Source: WorldNetDaily “Standing on principle” May 14, 1999

Control people’s passions - not the things they use

[Gun control proponents] propose controlling the things we use, as if this will control people. Violence is not a function of the things; it’s a function of the heart. If the heart is wrong, then violence will come out of the heart as a consequence -- and if a gun isn’t handy, a machete will do. What is in control is not the thing, but the human being that allows his evil passions to control his actions, and thus lead to the awful situations we have seen from Indonesia to Littleton.
Source: WorldNetDaily “Standing on principle” May 14, 1999

Columbine killers lacked moral development - not gun laws

The gun control mentality is that guns are in control of situations, and when we see kids like those in Columbine High School, we shouldn’t see human beings who have gone off the right moral road because their consciences and self-discipline have not been properly developed. Instead, we should see guns in control of the situation, and then we should react against the guns. “Gun violence” should be called human violence, leaving us at least the dignity of being responsible for our own sins.
Source: WorldNetDaily “Standing on principle” May 14, 1999

Against banning guns since that won’t end violence.

Consider the phony assertion that certain weapons should be banned because “they have no purpose except to kill people.” This debate is not about certain kinds of weapons that kill people; all kinds of weapons can kill. It is people that kill people, and they can use countless kinds of weapons to do so, if killing is in their hearts. If we want to end violence in our land, we must warm the hearts of this people with a renewed dedication to the God-given equality of all human beings.
Source: www.keyes2000.org/issues/secondamendment.html 1/7/99 Jan 7, 1999

Supports right to bear arms for all types and uses of guns.

The 2nd Amendment was not put into the Constitution by the Founders merely to allow us to intimidate burglars, or hunt rabbits to our hearts’ content. The Founders added the 2nd Amendment so that when, after a long train of abuses, a government evinces a methodical design upon our natural rights, we will have the means to protect and recover our rights. That is why the right to keep and bear arms was included in the Bill of Rights.
Source: www.keyes2000.org/issues/secondamendment.html 1/7/99 Jan 7, 1999

No bans on legal firearms; allow concealed carry

Eliminate all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally obtained firearms; Allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm that is legally owned and registered.
Source: 1996 National Political Awareness Test, Project Vote Smart Jul 2, 1996

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