Sen. Rand Paul was speaking at a conference with the Faith & Freedom Coalition, where he went off topic to comment on the massacre at Charleston earlier last night. Paul’s statements come as a counterpoint to President Obama‘s earlier call for gun control, saying “there’s a sickness, there’s something terribly wrong, but it isn’t going to be fixed by your government.”
“What kind of person goes into church and shoots nine people?” Paul asked the conference. The 2016 GOP hopeful went on to say that the solution to curbing violence was in acknowledging the limitations of the government, and keeping track of people who do not understand “where salvation comes from.”
“Can government save you? Can government be the be-all end-all,” Paul continued. “The reason I ask is that I meet with pastors, and they’re looking at government for the answers. I look back at them and I say, ‘I’m looking at you for help.'”
Paul concluded the segment by talking about how the government has let him down in the past in the same way that gun control has let down the victims of violent crimes. Paul said that America’s founders had understood that “liberty without virtue” was impossible, but believes that that perspective has been lost amongst Americans recently.
You can watch the segment of Paul’s speech here, via C-Span:
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