Fred Thompsons positioneren fortsætter ufortrødent. Senest med et indlæg i National Review, hvor han i kølvandet på tragedien på Virginia Tech slår til lyd for retten til at bære skjulte våben:
The statistics are clear. Communities that recognize and grant Second Amendment rights to responsible adults have a significantly lower incidence of violent crime than those that do not. More to the point, incarcerated criminals tell criminologists that they consider local gun laws when they decide what sort of crime they will commit, and where they will do so.
Thompson kritiserer Virginia Techs våbenpolitik, der i modsætning til, hvad der ellers gælder for delstaten forbyder studerende og lærere at bære våben:
Virginians asked their legislators to change the university’s “concealed carry” policy to exempt people 21 years of age or older who have passed background checks and taken training classes. The university, however, lobbied against that bill, and a top administrator subsequently praised the legislature for blocking the measure.
The logic behind this attitude baffles me, but I suspect it has to do with a basic difference in worldviews. Some people think that power should exist only at the top, and everybody else should rely on “the authorities” for protection.
Despite such attitudes, average Americans have always made up the front line against crime. Through programs like Neighborhood Watch and Amber Alert, we are stopping and catching criminals daily. Normal people tackled “shoe bomber” Richard Reid as he was trying to blow up an airliner. It was a truck driver who found the D.C. snipers. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that civilians use firearms to prevent at least a half million crimes annually.
Hvad enten man er enig med Thompson eller ej er det en modig udmelding på et tidspunkt, hvor mange politikere ville være tilbøjelige til at stramme våbenlovgivning. Indlægget vil givetvis appellere stærkt til både social-conservatives og libertære dele af det det republikanske parti, og placerer Thompson solidt til højre for både Guiliani og Mccain.