Since Jul 10, 2006
By the way, here are some interesting quotes on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:
"When the strong man fully armed guardeth his own court, his goods are in peace."
~ Jesus Christ [Luke 11:21.6].
"But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."
~ Jesus Christ [Luke 22:36].
"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
~ Aristotle, "Politics"
"Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people."
"The people in the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms or other arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and tends to foment uprisings... Therefore the heads of provinces, official agents and deputies are ordered to collect all the weapons mentioned above and turn them over to the Government."
~ Emperor Hidéyoshi, announcement of 'the Sword Hunt' (taiko no katanagari), 29th August, 1588.
"An oppressed class which does not aspire to learn to use arms and to bear arms merits only to be treated as slaves."
~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, 1922.
"The only real power comes out of a long rifle."
~ Josef Stalin
"Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas?"
~ Josef Stalin
"Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.' Our principle is that the [Communist] Party commands the gun and the gun will never be allowed to command the Party."
Mao Tse-Tung (1893-1976), "Problems of War and Strategy," November 6, 1938, in "Selected Works of Mao Zedong"(1965).
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms, ... History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty."
~ Adolf Hitler, in his edict of March 18, 1938, as quoted by Briton H.R. Trevor-Roper in his book "Hitler's Table Talks 1941-1944" (London: Widenfeld and Nicolson, 1953, pp. 425-426).
"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 anyone 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."
~ S.A. Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, NAZI Germany, March, 1933.
"No civilian is to have a firearm without a permit and permits shall not be issued to persons suspected of acting against the state. For Jews, this permission will not be granted. Those people who do not require permission to carry weapons include the whole of the SS, and the SA - including the Deaths Head group, and the officers of the Hitler youth."
~ The German Firearms Act, 1937.
"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 (1900-1945).
"The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there."
~ George Orwell, in the "Evening Standard", 8th Jan. 1941.
"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, (May 15th, 2001, in The Seattle Times).
"......Certainly, the intrinsic value of life and the duty to love oneself no less than others are the basis of a true right to self-defense ... legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another's life, the common good of the family or of the State. Unfortunately, it happens that the need to render the aggressor incapable of causing harm sometimes involves taking his life. In this case, the fatal outcome is attributable to the aggressor whose actions brought it about, even though he may not be morally responsible because of a lack of the use of reason."
~ Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter from 1995, EVANGELIUM VITAE.
"Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men."
~ St. Augustine A.D. 354-430.
"Where the choice is between only violence and cowardice, I would advise violence."
~ Mahatma Gandhi.
"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 page 446.
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
~ William Pitt (Earl of Chatham), speech in the House of Lords, November 18, 1783.
"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.
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
~ Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanalysis.
"No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. To secure peace, securely and happiness, the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good."
~ George Washington
"No government power can be abused long. Mankind will not bear it. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government."
~ Samuel Johnson
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms ... To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms."
~ Richard Henry Lee, "Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer" (1788) p.169.
"The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
~ Thomas Jefferson
"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin"
~ Samuel Adams
"I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."
~ Thomas Jefferson
"The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms."
~ Samuel Adams, "Debates & Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts", p.86-87.
"The signification attributed to the term Militia appears from the debates in the Convention, the history and legislation of Colonies and States, and the writings of approved commentators. These show plainly enough that the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense."
~ U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. v. Miller (1939).
"A government that does not trust it's law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust."
~ James Madison
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
~Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), reply of the Pennsylvania Assembly to the governor, November 11, 1755.
"No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion."
~ Andrew Fletcher (1655-1716), quoted by James Burgh (1714-1775), in "Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses," (London, 1774-1775).
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
~ George Washington (1732-1799).
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms. Our brethren are already in the field. Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? what would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
~ Patrick Henry (1736-1799),"The War Inevitable" speech to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775.
"It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army stationed among them, over which they have no control."
~ Samuel Adams (1722-1803), letter to Elbridge Gerry, October 29, 1775.
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
~ Samuel Adams (1722-1803), August 1, 1776.
"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."
~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), motto found among his papers and on his seal, circa 1776.
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."
~ Thomas Jefferson
"I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except for a few public officers."
~ George Mason (1725-1792), in the "Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution", June 16, 1788, in "Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution", Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.425 (Philadelphia, 1836).
"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them."
~ Zachariah Johnson, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, June 25, 1788, in "Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution", Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.646 (Philadelphia, 1836).
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
~ Patrick Henry (1736-1799), in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, June 5, 1788, in "Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution," Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.45 (Philadelphia, 1836).
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations."
~ James Madison (1751-1836), June 6, 1788, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, in "Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution," Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.87 (Philadelphia, 1836).
"...the rifle? Wouldn't go out naked without a rifle. When shoes and clothes and food, when even hope is gone, we'll have the rifle."
~ John Steinbeck (1902-1968), "The Grapes of Wrath".
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences."
~ C.S. Lewis
"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
~ Alexis de Tocqueville
"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