Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday called for an end to gun-free zones during a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA), saying it is not wise to “pre-announce that you’re defenseless.”
“These terrible tragedies keep occurring in one place: Gun-free zones,” Paul told the crowd of gun rights supporters.
Paul attacked gun-control policies that attempt to “legislate away evil” and said law-abiding citizens should have a “fighting chance to defend themselves.”
“One way to avoid these senseless killings would be to announce once and for all time that no school, no movie theater, no supermarket in America will be left defenseless,” he said.
The Kentucky senator spoke shortly after the NRA endorsed Donald Trump for president. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also called for lawmakers to abolish gun-free zones.
Paul talked about one place that is certainly not a gun-free zone.
“Like many conservatives across the South, I’m a defender of the Second Amendment,” he said. “If you don’t believe me, come to my house unannounced.”