|Interesting quotes pertaining to gun control
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"We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily ... given the political realities ... very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal."
--Peter Shields, founder of Handgun Control Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976
"The Brady Bill's only effect will be to desensitize the public to regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation."
--Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, April 5,1996
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
-- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
"...the rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine. Propaganda must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitious."
-- Joseph Goebbels
"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms..."
-- Samuel Adams
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police."
-- Adolph Hitler, Edict of March 18, 1938
"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA. Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State."
-- Heinrich Himmler
"...to disarm the people (is) the best and most effective way to enslave them..."
-- George Mason
"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
"If I could've 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."
-- Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
"All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately...The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every respectable German man the opportunity of campaigning with them. Therefore any one who does not belong to one of the above named organizations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon...must be regarded as an enemy of the national government."
-- SA Oberfuhrer Bad Tolz, March 1933
"The governments of Europe are afraid to trust the people with arms. If they did, the people would certainly shake off the yoke of tyranny, as America did."
-- James Madison
"We must get rid of all the guns."
--Sarah Brady, Handgun Control, Inc. on the Phil Donahue Show, September 1994
"Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal."
-- Janet Reno, US Attorney General
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans."
-- Bill Clinton, President of the United States in USA Today, March 11, 1993
"Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe."
--U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Associated Press November 18, 1993
"And, I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that's what I did. I was trained in firearms. 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. Sen. Dianne Feinstein; C-Span April 27, 1995
"The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."
-- Henry St. George Tucker, in Blackstone's 1768 "Commentaries on the Laws of England."
"Both the oligarch and Tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms."
"Why do judges not consider armed police as "threatening" to victims of unlawful searches, but *do* consider armed civilians in their own courtrooms to be threatening to them?"
-- John Underhill
"Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense..."
-- John Adams, A defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the USA, 471 (1788)
"Reread that pesky first clause of the Second Amendment. It doesn't say what any of us thought it said. What it says is that infringing the right of the people to keep and bears arms is treason. What else do you call an act that endangers "the security of a free state"? And if it's treason,then it's punishable by death. I suggest due process, speedy trials, and public hangings."
-- L. Neil Smith
"No government can be trusted, that does not trust its own people with military-style arms of greater weight and power than those possessed by the central government itself."
-- Vin Suprinowicz
"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
"The right to own weapons is the right to be free."
-- A.E. Van Vogt, The Weapon Shops of Isher
"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it."
--William S. Burroughs
"No law ever written has stopped any robber, rapist or killer, like cold blue steel in the hands of their last intended victim."
-- W. Emerson Wright
"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
-- Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
"The idea of registering and licensing guns is tantamount to controlling wolves with leash laws. All it does is produce a community that every criminal knows is unarmed."
-- Warren Browne
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
-- Cesare Beccaria
"The sheer immorality of victim disarmament aside, one would hope every law enforcement officer out there would stop to consider all the possible ramifications of kicking in several million doors because the occupants are well armed. "
-- Carl Bussjaeger
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
"The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."
-- Patrick Henry, 3 Elliott, Debates at 386
"An armed society is a polite society."
-- Robert A. Heinlein
"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
"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 your constant companion of your walks."
-- Thomas Jefferson (1785)
"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 their government."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"The constitution ought to secure a genuine [militia] and guard against a select militia. ... 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
"Americans need not fear the federal government because they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess over the people of almost every other nation."
-- James Madison
"That which does not kill us makes us shoot back."
-- The Hunter
"To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic."
-- Ted Nugent