FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2018
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LIBERTARIAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE KEN KRAWCHUK ADDRESSES GUN VIOLENCE
FRANKLIN, PA – Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, stopped in Franklin, PA during a statewide tour and took questions from the media and supporters. The event on everyone’s minds was the heartbreaking situation in Pittsburgh.
“Regarding the recent synagogue shooting,” Krawchuk said, “my heart goes out to the victims and their families and friends. The urge to do something to prevent future shootings is very strong, but we must be cautious. More important than solving the problem correctly is making sure we solve the correct problem.
“Are guns the problem? President Obama commissioned the Center for Disease Control to investigate gun violence, and they found some interesting results:
- There is no evidence that gun restrictions reduce gun violence.
- There is no evidence that right-to-carry laws increase violent crime.
- Gun turn-in programs are ineffective.
- Most importantly, guns are used defensively far more often than used in crimes. In other words, guns save lives.
“John Lott, a researcher at the University of Chicago, studied the issue and found the same results. He also found that cities with the strongest gun control had the highest gun crime rates. Further, he found that if a woman resists an attacker, she’s twice as likely to be seriously injured. But if she resists with a handgun, she’s half as likely to be seriously injured. In other words, handguns are a girl’s best friend.
“That said, it’s unfortunate none of the congregation were armed. They could have taken swift action and reduced the carnage significantly.”
“In this world, there will always be hateful people with no respect for their fellow citizens. The best way We The People can stand ready is to respect the right to keep and bear arms.”
Krawchuk, 65, is an Information Technology entrepreneur from Abington, Pa. He has appeared on the gubernatorial ballot twice before, facing Democrat Ed Rendell in 2002 and Republican Tom Ridge in 1998. Because of Pennsylvania’s onerous ballot access laws, Krawchuk is the first third party or independent gubernatorial candidate to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot since 2002. His return to politics comes on the heels of his federal court victory in 2016 that ruled unconstitutional the $80,000+ fines that have been levied against statewide candidates who were unsuccessful in their attempt to appear on the November ballot.
Founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the state and the nation, with over 170 elected and appointed officials currently serving in office nationwide, and 40 in Pennsylvania. Libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, and like the Founding Fathers, Libertarians believe that you have the inalienable right to conduct your life as you see fit, without interference, so long as you respect the rights and property of others.
For more information about the Libertarian Party, the public is invited to contact the Krawchuk campaign at www.KenK4Pa.com, Campaign@KenK4Pa.com, or (224) Krawchuk (224-572-9248), the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania at www.LpPa.org or (800) R-RIGHTS, or the National Libertarian Party at www.Lp.org or (202) 333-0008.
Krawchuk appears weekly on a livestream at 8 PM every Wednesday night that is simulcasted to Facebook (https://facebook.com/KenK4Pa) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/KenKrawchuk).