Kentucky Senator Rand Paul might have made himself a celebrity overnight (and talked through most of that night), but for those Blaze readers who are hardcore libertarian activists and have been following the Paul family not just through Rand, but through the quixotic presidential ambitions of his father, Ron, this story will probably hold just as much interest, if not more.

This week, a vintage clip produced by Free to Choose Network, a libertarian nonprofit best known for producing the 1980 television series of the same name hosted by Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman, emerged. It features the elder Paul while still in his spry years as a then-ex Congressman, talking up the benefits of the Second Amendment, while handling no less a weapon than the AR-15!

Ron Paul Defends Second Amendment in Free to Choose Video From 1989 While Wielding an AR 15

Ron Paul holding a gun in the 1989 video from “Free to Choose”

“This gun sure looks deadly,” Paul says in the video. “But it’s not the least bit deadly unless I point it at someone and pull the trigger. The words of Thomas Jefferson, he said that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, and among those rights is our right to defend ourselves, defend our family, and to defend our property.”

“Our rights are based on a philosophy called the libertarian philosophy,” Paul continues later on. “That means we have a right to own anything we like, including guns, as long as we harm no other person.”

Watch Paul’s long lost segment below:

(H/T: Fox News)