Republican Congressman: Right to Have ‘Guns Everywhere’ Was ‘Given By Our Lord’
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun defended his state’s “guns everywhere” bill, saying allowing firearms into bars, schools, and government buildings will “prevent crime.”
Appearing on Newsmax TV, the Republican lawmaker asserted that, “We know that when law abiding citizens – who know how to use one – have one on their person, it helps to prevent crime. A law that I think is going to help prevent shootings, that is going to prevent crime.”
Broun also stated that “any law – whether it’s federal, state, or local – that interferes with a law-abiding citizen’s right to own, carry, or utilize a firearm in any manner” is unconstitutional.
“We need to go back to the Constitution for not only the First Amendment, but the Second Amendment,” he said. “Because the First and Second Amendments are the guardians of our liberties. The Second Amendment is the one that really protects all of our liberties that we are given by our Lord, and our God-given rights, and are protected under the constitution.”
Rather than criticize the new law, he said, gun control advocates need to stop “fearing” guns.
“Folks that don’t understand firearms are fearful of them, but actually firearms have been proven to reduce crime,” he pressed. “We see as we go forward that schools are going to be safer, that anybody in any locale is going to be safer because someone who understands how to utilize a firearm will be there to protect other folks, and I think it’s going to be a very positive move.”
Schools and churches actually have the right to ban guns from their property but Broun hopes they don’t.
“These gun-free areas are actually – they’re free-shooting zones for people,” he said. “Because they know that there won’t be anybody there that can stop them.”