- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Each and every one of us has a God-given right - and duty — to defend freedom. That’s why Campaign for Liberty is giving away a brand new Colt LE6920MP-B AR-15 equipped with a red dot sight. The AR-15 will come with Magpul stock, pistol grip, handguard, and vertical grip and back-up sight. All you have to do is sign up for free for your chance to win! All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.”

And so says Ron Paul to fans of his nonprofit activist group, which champions liberty, fiscal responsibility and lots more. Those interested in the give away should consult Campaignforliberty.org.

Meanwhile, another official is getting some flak for being photographed near some powerful firearms. That would be Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has ordered National Guard troops to help calm the immigration surge through the troubled border lands along the Rio Grande River.

“Any attempt to give domestic police power to soldiers is ill-advised. The people of South Texas do not want to and should not have to live in a police state,” Rep. Joaquin Castro, Texas Democrat, wrote to Mr. Perry in an open letter released Monday.

“For too long, the border has been used as a bogeyman for political gain I am disappointed that your first instinct was to head down to the Rio Grande to pose by mounted machine guns as if on a trophy hunt. These actions imply hostility toward young children fleeing violence in their home countries and give license to uglier demonstrations of hostility,” Mr. Castro advised the governor.