Statement of the Libertarian Party of Florida after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
The Libertarian Party of Florida expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and the entire community in the wake of the mass murder that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Our hearts go out to all of those affected as we attempt to make sense of the events which took so many innocent lives. As libertarians, we abhor violence and those who use force to meet their political and social agendas at the cost of others. We believe that people deserve a society which respects their rights, values peace and prosperity, and rejects violence.
The unfortunate side effect of this cowardly act is the push for restricting inalienable rights enumerated in the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. Authoritarian policies are ineffective at preventing these kinds of violence, yet Republican and Democrat officials are already promoting legislation which would infringe on the right of adults to purchase, own, and carry firearms.
To punish peaceful people due to the actions of a deranged criminal is an affront to the founding principles of this great nation. The natural right of self-defense must never be attacked using collectivist logic. Rather than creating new legislation and fomenting irrational fears, we believe that Americans should treat personal safety as personal responsibility. The events in Parkland show the folly of trusting government with our security, and to respond with legislation restricting adults to defend themselves is irrational.
We, the Libertarian Party of Florida, condemn these irrational actions in both Tallahassee and Washington D.C., We stand as the only political party 100% dedicated to preserving the right of citizens to defend themselves in the manner they chose, and we pledge to never betray this principle. As Libertarians, we stand for all natural rights, all of the time, especially this sacred right that ensures mankind has the means to protect all of their other rights. We encourage Floridians to be brave in the face of evil, to fight back, and to never compromise on the Bill of Rights.