Friday, August 17, 2012

CSGV Statement on the Latest Headline-grabbing Shooting


Washington, DC—Yesterday’s shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. reminds us that the use of political violence—to whatever end—is always, unequivocally wrong. It is extremely fortunate that no one was killed or critically wounded during this incident, thanks to the heroic actions of security guard Leo Johnson.

Our Founders built a system of government under the Constitution where citizens—through the power of their ideas—make policy decisions in a framework that requires negotiation and compromise. They explicitly rejected the notion that “ the guys with the guns make the rules,” recognizing that such a “might makes right” approach can only lead to chaos and anarchy. When our Founders observed such anarchy during armed uprisings like Shays’ Rebellion, it hardened their resolve to draft and ratify a Constitution that would obviate the need for political violence.

We must continue to approach the political process peacefully, as equals. Let us prevail by the character of our ideas and the force of our arguments, not by the barrel of a gun. We strongly condemn any and all acts of political violence. All Americans of conscience should do the same.


  1. The titles in the video repeats the lie that the control freaks don't want to take our guns away from us. Then the statement goes on to make a ridiculous claim: "... the use of political violence--to whatever end--is always, unequivocally wrong." So the American revolution was wrong? How about the recent revolution in Libya?

  2. "They [Founders] explicitly rejected the notion that 'the guys with the guns make the rules,'"

    The Founders stated that the power is in the people and should always remain in the people. And to prevent government from usurping the power from the people, the Founders insisted on the 2nd Amendment. They fully understood that the guys with the guns make the rules ... and that's why they wanted the people to have guns and government to have as few guns as possible.

    Of course a peaceful political process is always the first and preferred approach. Unfortunately there are times when someone doesn't care about the character of our ideas or the force of our arguments and infringes on our rights anyway. When those events happen, it is nice to have a gun.

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