Last updated on: 4/29/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Rick Santorum, MBA, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Senator and Representative (R-PA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
Reasoning:

“I think a well-armed family is a safe family; a well-armed America is a safer America. I think if you look at anything, from all of these attacks that have taken place, is if people actually had had weapons there those attacks would have been thwarted and people’s lives would have been saved.

In fact, there are millions of lives that are saved in America every year, millions of instances where gun owners have prevented crimes and stopped things from happening because of having guns at the scene…

You know, everybody romanticizes the O.K. Corral and all the horrible things that happened, but gun crimes were not very prevalent back then. Why? Because people carried guns. And, you know, the folks who use guns in the commission of crimes are cowards. And if you look at going to theatres, they went to a theatre in Aurora, Colorado, that they knew, you know, you could go there and no one else was going to be there with a gun.

If we are a country where the criminal doesn’t know whether someone has a gun or not, they’re going to think twice about opening fire or not because they won’t be able to accomplish what they want. It’s a wrong-headed approach that somehow or another, if we take guns away from people, law-abiding people who want to protect themselves, that the world’s going to be safer. In fact, just the opposite is the case.”

Face the Nation Transcripts April 27 2014: Netanyahu, Blinken, McCaskill, Corker,” www.cbsnews.com, Apr. 27, 2014

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to guns and gun policies. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to guns and gun policies.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, Patriot Voices (political action committee), June 2012-present
  • Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Candidate for US President, 2012
  • Contributor, FOX News, 2007-Mar. 2, 2011
  • Chair, Senate Republican Conference, 2001-2007
  • US Senator (R-PA), Jan. 3, 1995-Jan. 3, 2007
  • US Representative, 18th Congressional District (R-PA), Jan. 3, 1991-Jan. 3, 1995
  • Director, Pennsylvania State Senate Transportation Committee 1984-1986
  • Administrative assistant, Pennsylvania State Senator J. Doyle Corman, 1981-1986
  • Admitted to the bar in 1986 and commenced practice in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Director, Pennsylvania State Senate local government committee, 1981-1984
  • Education:
  • JD, Dickinson School of Law, 1986
  • MBA, University of Pittsburgh, 1981
  • BA, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1980
  • Contact Info:
    Phone
    855-574-0850 Patriot Voices
    Email
    contact@patriotvoices.com
    Website
    Patriot Voice biography
    Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RickSantorum
  • Married with seven children
  • Born May 10, 1958 in Winchester, VA
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?