"Francesco Sforza became Duke of Milan from being a private citizen because he was armed; his successors, since they avoided the inconveniences of arms, became private citizens after having been dukes." -- Nicolo Machiavelli
Sentient beings who give up the intrinsic (not government given) right to carry weapons for self defense don't last very long. They quickly get overrun by the predators who, while short on morality, are rather longer on common sense. - Helen Rhine - 1995
"The right of bearing arms for a lawful purpose is not a right granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence." -- U.S. vs Cruikshan (US Supreme Court)
"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 "Gandhi, An Autobiography", M. K. Gandhi, page 446
"I'd walk to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon. I made the determination that if somebody was going to try to take me out, I was going to take them with me."
- U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) during U.S. Senate hearings on terrorism held in Washington, D.C. on April 27, 1995
"If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege." -- Arkansas Supreme Court, 1878
"You know I don't believe in people owning guns, only the police and military. And I'm going to do everything I can to disarm this state." -- Michael Dukakis, then governor of Massachusetts, in conversation with Mike Yacino, MA Gun Owner's Action League, and Roy Innis, CORE. 6/16/86.
"Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic - purely symbolic - move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation." -- Charles Krauthammer, columnist, 4/5/96 Washington Post
"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." --Charlie Reese, syndicated columnist
"It perhaps goes without saying that the 'average' gun owner and the 'average' criminal are worlds apart in backgrount, social outlooks, and economic circumstances. The idea that common, ordinary citizens are somehow transformed into potential perpetrators of criminal violent acts once they have acuired a firearm seems farfetched, most of all since there is substantil evidence that the typical gun oner is affluent, Protestant, and middle-class." -- James D. Wright, Under the Gun: Weapons, Crime and Vilence in America, 1983
"For no matter how cool it is to be for peace, you can't keep the peace without a piece. These idiots wish to disarm us in order to appease our enemies. Unarmed, we are that much more pleasing to the people who want us dead." -- Greg Gutfeld, Not Cool
"I sure as Hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military." -- William S. Burroughs.
"Almost everyday someone on MSNBC wets himself over the fact a free citizen somewhere is carrying a gun. Their proposed solution: the State should better enforce its monopoly on violence." -- Jonah Goldberg
"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
"If you have a problem with law abiding citizens being armed, then you are the reason why law abiding citizens are armed."
"But if some has a gun and is tryuing to kill you...It would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." -- Dalai Lama
"Because the state can no longer protect us from crime, it wants to take away from us the means of protecting ourselves. This is the logic of gun control." -- Joseph Sobran (1946-2010) U.S. Journalist
"My AR-15 self-identifies as a flintlock muzzleloader."
Gun nut [noun]: a made-up classification used to describe a citizen who unashamedly embraces his or her right to bear arms; a buzzword created as a scare tactic by opposers of the Second Amendment.
"Black Rifles Matter!"
"Let's make more laws that disarm law abiding citizens. That will stop criminals."
Anyone who tells you you're on the "wrong side of history" for supporting gun rights and their accessibility to able citizens clearly aren't students of history, or even passive observers of it.
"Hypocrisy is believing the First Amendment protects flag burning, but the Second Amendment doesn't protect owning an AR-15."
"Liberals imagine that law-abiding citizens do not have any idea how to use a gun responsibly - and that criminals will start following rules." -- Thomas Sowell
"'Common Sense Gun Measures' is to gun rights what 'Just The Tip' is to sex. Either way, someone is getting...well you get the point." -- Colion Noir
"I'm sick of these white male NRA Republicans and their mass shootings beca...um, Sayeed Farook? Hey, let's not vilify an entire group." -- Jon Gabriel
"The same people who make young girls stand in nude lineups also want to take my guns and disarm every woman in the country." -- Alana Mastrangelo
"A well-balanced breakfast being necessary for the start of a healthy day, the right of the people to keep and eat food shall not be infringed" - who has the right to food? The people or the breakfast? It says you have the right to food, you don't have an obligation to eat a well balanced breakfast.
"You know how I can tell that the NRA isn't actually a terrorist organization? Because the left would be way more open to dialogue with it if it were."
"With guns in the hands of the public, sure there will be tragedies, but without them there will be genocides."
"I'm not sure why gun control advocates are so hellbent on keeping every burglar and rapist safe from their victims but it sure is unsettling."
"It's easier in Massachusetts to come out as a lesbian than to come out as a gun owner." -- Dee Dee Edmondson, a Boston attorney and member of the LGBT community who consults for the Massachusetts Gun Owner Action League (GOAL).
"Those behind the new gun control push ignore how gun control has been used against African-Americans in the past and how new gun control laws will disproportionately harm racial minorities."
"Let's talk about gun control. Banning or restricting firearms is the most White privileged idea ever. Rich liberals scoffing at the notion that a person might need to defend their own life is a tower so ivory you can't look at it in direct sunlight. It's the personal safety equivalent of saying 'just have the maid do it.'"
"If you're demanding 'gun control,' you're admitting the 20,000 plus gun control laws you already passed are ineffective. I see not reason to humor your request for more." -- Michael Z. Williamson
"Gun control is sexist and ableist."
Oskar Schindler gave 41 semiautomatic rifles to Jewish workers near the end of WWII. This was omitted from the movie.
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." -- Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America
"The usual road to slavery is that first they take away your guns, then they take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you are enjoying it." -- James A. Donald
"Basically, they were shooting at a moving target that was jolting back and forth in many different directions..It was very excitable and moving at a very high rate of speed for a cow." -Irvine City Manager explaining 43 police rounds fired into a cow discovered entering the 405 freeway (LA Times 11/11/93)
"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson
Prohibiting law-abiding people from owning guns because they might be stolen by criminals is like prohibiting women from going out at night because they might be raped.
"When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of those opinions generate hatred." -- Niccolo Machiavelli
"There's a big double standard. Senators and mayors tell me I don't need a gun from behind walls of armed bodyguards. Protecting my family is not an acceptable reason to own a gun, but protecting the life of some rich guy's family --- because he hires me as a bodyguard -- is. I'm told I don't need a gun by police officers who wear a gun every day even though they have a desk job."
"Americans have a right and advantage of being armed -- unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." -- James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 at 243-244.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." -- Jeff Cooper
"Gun Control: One of many leftist crutches to avoid explaining why their socialist policies did not bring peace and harmony."
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