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  • The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in Government.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.

    Janet Reno
  • The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that…it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;…

    Thomas Jefferson, 1824
  • All we ask for is registration, just like we do for cars.

    Charles Shumer, 1993
  • As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I’ve realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it’s much, much bigger than that. I’ve come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated.

    Charlton Heston
  • Registration today always leads to confiscation later. “We’re only asking for registration today because we want to be able to trace a gun back to its rightful owner,” they claim. That’s what the City of New York told its residents years ago. That’s what Great Britain and Australia told their citizens years ago. And in all those places the government went back on its word and banned guns…Naturally compliance has not been 100%, so the government threatens holdouts with 4 years in prison and $100,000 fines. It then uses the registration lists to go house-to-house and forcibly steal private property…leaving the people defenseless against the new violent crimes that predictably followed.

    Boston T. Party
  • You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.

    Charles A. Beard
  • The media insist that crime is the major concern of the American public today. In this connection they generally push the point that a disarmed society would be a crime-free society. They will not accept the truth that if you take all the guns off the street you still will have a crime problem, whereas if you take the criminals off the street you cannot have a gun problem.

    Jeff Cooper
  • Laws can’t control the lawless.

    Wayne LaPierre
  • After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.

    William S. Burroughs
  • Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.

    Unknown
  • The fundamental force behind the Second Amendment is to empower the people and give them the greatest measure of authority over the tyranny of runaway government.

    Bob Schaffer, 1962
  • Today, as always, the people, no less than the courts, must remain vigilant to preserve the principles of our Bill of Rights, lest in our desire to be secure we lose our ability to be free.

    Earl Warren
  • Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

    Abraham Lincoln
  • There should be at least ten times the number of rifles in the country as there are now.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb.

    Benjamin Franklin
  • History has shown that the greater power of the gun is its power to deter. Bear in mind that criminals, by definition, target only victims they believe they can overpower. When the intended victim draws a gun, the predator realizes that their erstwhile target has the ability to kill them instantly. This tends to modify their behavior immediately without a shot being fired.

    Massad Ayoob
  • Self-defense is Nature’s eldest law.

    John Dryden
  • The unarmed man can only flee from evil. And evil is never overcome by fleeing from it.

    Jeff Cooper
  • A government that intended to protect the liberty of the people would not disarm them. A government planning the opposite most certainly and logically would disarm them. And so it has been in this century. Check out the history of Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and Cambodia.

    Charley Reese
  • Assault is a type of behavior, not a type of hardware.

    Alan Korwin
  • But to ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow…For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding.

    Jeff Snyder, 1994
  • Crime is a human behavior problem, not a mechanical problem. Furthermore, if firearms were not very useful for self-defense, then police wouldn’t carry them. In a free country, if the government can go armed, so should the citizens, if they so choose.

    Charley Reese
  • We’re bending the law as far as we can to ban an entirely new class of guns.

    Rahm Emmanuel
  • We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts – not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.

    Abraham Lincoln.
  • The framers gave us the Second Amendment not so we could go deer or duck hunting but to give us a modicum of protection against congressional tyranny.

    Walter E. Williams
  • When seconds count between living or dying, the police are only minutes away.

    Phillip Van Cleave
  • They will never outlaw all of your guns at once. But every ‘reasonable’ control they can impose without your resistance gives them one more bit of leverage to make gun ownership for you and your children and your grandchildren as difficult as possible.

    David Kopel
  • Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it.

    L. Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman
  • In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the “collective” right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms…The phrase “the people” meant the same thing in the Second Amendment as it did in the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments – that is, each and every free person…

    Stephen P. Holbrook
  • One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is by disarming the people and making it an offense to keep arms.

    Joseph Story
  • There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people were not “brainwashed” about gun ownership and had been well armed…Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half-starved group of Jews took 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazis.

    Theodore Haas
  • A man with a gun is a citizen, a man without a gun is a subject. Our forefathers knew this to be true…Why do so many of us question their wisdom?

    D. Michael Wiechman, 1996
  • I cannot agree with those who think the Bill of Rights as an 18th century straitjacket, unsuited for this age…The evils it guards against are not only old, they are with us now, they exist today.

    Hugo Black
  • Here’s my credo. There are no good guns, there are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.

    Charlton Heston
  • The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

    Wayne LaPierre
  • There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men.

    Robert A. Heinlein
  • To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.

    Richard Henry Lee
  • When firearms go, all goes – we need them every hour.

    George Washington.
  • Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • The rifle is the weapon of democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military.

    Edward Abbey, 1979
  • The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

    Joseph Story
  • The NRA believes America’s laws were made to be obeyed and that our Constitutional liberties are just as important today as 200 years ago. And by the way, the Constitution does not say Government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution says ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’

    Ronald Reagan
  • The World War I pilot in his biplane would be no match for the F-18 pilot, but the Pattern 14 Enfield-equipped (WWI) soldier can easily kill the soldier of the late 1990s armed with an M16A2 rifle. Certainly the fighters in Afghanistan showed that their Enfields were equal to Soviet AK-47 rifles – and served as an example for all of us who are confronted with oppressive governments that seek to limit our ability to acquire current issue military weapons.

    Timothy J. Mullin
  • A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right or that it’s too much of a public safety hazard, don’t see the danger in the big picture. They’re courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don’t like.

    Alan Dershowitz
  • When they come for your guns, give them the ammo first.

    Boston T. Party
  • The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • The only time you have too much ammunition is when your house is on fire.

    Unknown
  • Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms…The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible.

    Hubert H. Humphrey, 1960
  • What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?  The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

    Thomas Jefferson, 1787
  • In America, freedom and justice have always come from the ballot box, the jury box, and when that fails, the cartridge box.

    Steve Symms, 1990
  • I would tax the guns, bullets and the license itself very heavily.

    Joycelyn Elders
  • The history of liberty is a history of limitation of government power, not the increase of it.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • A little Gun History Lesson:

    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million ‘educated’ people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. The tragic history of civilian disarmament cries a warning against any systematic attempts to render innocent citizens ill-equipped to defend themselves from tyrants, terrorists, despots, or oppressive majorities.

    Daniel Schmutter
  • Before Adolf Hitler came to power, there was a black market in firearms, but the German people had been so conditioned to be law abiding that they would never consider buying an unregistered gun. The German people really believed that only hoodlums own guns. What fools we were. It truly frightens me to see how the government, media and some police groups in America are pushing for the same mindset.

    Theodore Haas
  • I do not believe in people owning guns. Guns should be owned by the police and military. I am going to do everything I can to disarm this state.

    Michael Dukakis
  • Every Swiss man from 18 to 50 has a fully automatic “assault rifle” with a 25-round mags, and ammo. His rifle is not stored at the army base (as here) – he gets to keep it at home!...Yet criminal use of these powerful weapons is almost unheard of. Also, the Swiss have no gun restrictions for sane non-felon adults. Buy what you want, and carry it where you want to. You see, the Swiss government and the Swiss citizens trust each other, because they are the same people…versus here where we suffer a professional political class…

    Boston T. Party
  • The Chinese, the Russians, the Nazis, and Saddam Hussein all agree. Gun Control Works.

    Dean Armstrong
  • Only Vermont perfectly recognizes your right to be peaceably armed and without permit – openly or concealed. So, Sarah Brady and Josh Sugarmann – why isn’t Vermont a hotbed of gun violence when it should be by your arguments? Conversely, why is Washington D.C., where they’ve banned handgun ownership, our nation’s murder capital? CHL states have lower crime rates. This is indisputable. Every Swiss male keeps at home his fully-automatic, militia-issued rifle (along with grenades, mortars, etc.), and Switzerland has the lowest crime rate in the West.

    Boston T. Party
  • If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them… ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in,’ I would have done it.

    Diane Feinstein
  • We’re here to tell the NRA their nightmare is true…

    Charles Schumer, 1993
  • If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated.

    Nancy Pelosi
  • I didn’t see any NRA officials killing babies in Waco…

    P.J. O’Rourke
  • The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find anyone to enforce their decrees. However improbable, these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

    Alex Kozinski, 2003
  • The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

    Unknown
  • Gun control has not worked in D.C. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It’s quicker to pull your Smith & Wesson than to dial 911 if you’re being robbed.

    Lowell Duckett
  • Have you ever heard of a mass shooting in a police station, at a pistol range, or at a gun show? Suicidal mass murderers may be insane, but they are not necessarily stupid. They always select a soft target for their final acts of violence. This principle also applies to many other types of crime.

    Michael S. Brown
  • Suppose you or your family are being stalked by a criminal who intends on harming you. Would you feel safer putting a sign in front of your home saying “This Home is a Gun-Free Zone”? It is pretty obvious why we don’t put these signs up. As with many other gun laws, law-abiding citizens, not would-be criminals, would obey the sign. Instead of creating a safe zone for victims, it leaves victims defenseless and creates a safe zone for those intent on causing harm.

    John R. Lott Jr.
  • The data from the 1990 Harvard Medical Practice Study suggest that 150,000 Americans die every year from doctors’ negligence – compared with 38,000 gun deaths annually. Why are doctors not declared a public health menace? Because they save more lives than they take. And so it is with guns. Every year, good Americans use guns about 2.5 million times to protect themselves and their families, which means 65 lives are protected by guns for every life lost to a gun.

    Edgar Suter, 1994
  • If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.

    The Dalai Lama
  • Banning gun shows to reduce violent crimes will work about as well as banning auto shows to reduce drunken driving.

    Bill McIntire
  • As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and is going to get it.

    Ronald Reagan
  • They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?

    Patrick Henry
  • At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some trans-Atlantic military giant to step across the ocean and crush us with a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined with a Bonaparte at their head and disposing of all the treasure of the earth, our own excepted, could not by force make a track on the Blue Ridge or take a drink from the Ohio in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reaches us it must spring up from amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all times, or die by suicide.

    Abraham Lincoln, 1838
  • Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

    Unknown
  • A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.

    George Washington
  • To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…

    Richard Henry Lee, 1787
  • I may get killed with my own gun, but he’s gonna have to beat me to death with it, ‘cause it’s going to be empty.

    Clint Smith
  • The proliferation of right-to-carry laws throughout the states has drawn plaintive complaints from the criminal element. They feel that it makes their profession too dangerous when the streets are full of “civilians” who may or may not be armed.

    Jeff Cooper
  • The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.

    Patrick Henry, 1788
  • A free people ought to be armed.

    George Washington
  • Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave.

    Andrew Fletcher
  • That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.

    George Orwell
  • To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.

    George Mason
  • A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.

    Lenin
  • Gun control does not decrease gun ownership by criminals but instead reduces their incentives to refrain from violence because it decreases the supply of armed law-abiding citizens who might resist them.

    John O. McGinnis
  • Gun bans disarm victims, putting them at the mercy of murderers or terrorists who think nothing of breaking the gun laws.

    Michael Badnarik
  • I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.

    Joseph Story
  • You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.

    Charles A. Beard
  • Gun bans don’t disarm criminals, gun bans attract them.

    Walter Mondale
  • At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?

    Clint Eastwood
  • The Chinese, the Russians, the Nazis and Saddam Hussein all agree. Gun control works.

    Dean Armstrong
  • I do not believe in people owning guns. I am going to do everything I can to disarm this state.

    Michael Dukakis
  • There is a third point of view on the gun control issue – those who I refer to as the victims – but they remain strangely silent.

    Bill Hicks
  • During waves of terror attacks, Israel’s national police chief will call on all concealed-handgun permit holders to make sure they carry firearms at all times…

    John R. Lott Jr.
  • I’m actually for gun control. Use both hands.

    Rick Perry
  • If gun control reduced crime, Chicago and Washington D.C. would be the two safest cities in the nation. They are the most dangerous cities in America.

    Unknown
  • The only defense against evil, violent people is good people who are more skilled at violence.

    Rory Miller
  • Not a single gun was used at the Oklahoma bombing.

    Mark Levin
  • Gun control advocates need to realize that passing laws that honest gun owners will not obey is a self-defeating strategy. Gun owners are not about to surrender their rights, and only the most foolish of politicians would risk the stability of the government by trying to use the force of the state to disarm the people.

    J. Neil Schulman
  • The Second Amendment is America’s first freedom because without it all of the other freedoms may be taken by the government.

    Unknown
  • To conquer a nation, first disarm the citizens.

    Adolf Hitler
  • The Founding Fathers did not believe the primary purpose of their guns was to hunt ducks, but to keep the government in line within the bounds of the Constitution. The Founding Fathers said that armed citizens are a bulwark against a tyrant in the White House.

    John Coleman
  • I cannot agree with those who think of the Bill of Rights as an 18th century straitjacket, unsuited for this age…The evils it guards against are not only old, they are with us now, they exist today.

    Hugo Black
  • Only the police should have handguns.

    Bill Clinton
  • I ask you sir, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people.

    George Mason
  • This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration.

    Adolf Hitler
  • Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.

    Janet Reno
  • Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.

    George Washington
  • Gun control. It’s the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing…I’m always gonna have a gun.

    Sammy Gravano
  • If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban,…I would have done it.

    Dianne Feinstein
  • If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated.

    Nancy Pelosi
  • All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The Communist Party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.

    Wao Zedong
  • Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised.

    Charlton Heston
  • …the right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

    Frank Loesser, 1942
  • A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.

    Frederick Douglass
  • A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.

    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
  • I would rather be tried by 12 of my peers than carried by 6 of my friends.

    Unknown
  • Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.

    George Washington
  • When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his possessions are safe.

    Luke 11:21
  • Whoever has a purse or a bag, must take it and whoever does not have a sword must sell his cloak and buy one.

    Jesus, Luke 22:36
  • God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

    Daniel Webster
  • Great danger lies in the notion that we can reason with evil.

    Doug Patton
  • Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.

    Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

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