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Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun. Martin Amis
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it. Clint Eastwood
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them. Thomas Jefferson
The great object is that every man be armed. Patrick Henry
And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side... Book of Exodus
When a strong man armed, keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace Book of Luke
Let every holder of a knight's fee have a hauberk, a helmet, a shield and a lance. And let every knight have as many hauberks, helmets, shields and lances, as he has knight's fees in his demise. Also, let every free layman, who holds chattals or rent to the value of 16 marks, have hauberk, a helmet, a shield, and a lance. Also, let every free layman who holds chattels or rent worth 10 marks have an aubergel and a headpiece of iron and a lance.... France
The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals. James Monroe
Every People should have, within themselves, all the Means of Self Defense. John Hancock
A Winchester Rifle should have a place of honor in every black home. Ida B. Wells
The gun culture that is so negative for America will never be a part of the culture of Australia. John Howard
Where there are sick people and easy access to guns, there will be terror …. Maybe we should rethink this whole gun control thing. Benjamin J. Stein
Gun Control? You control your gun, and I’ll control mine. Brian Schweitzer
Under a firearms policy largely dictated by the National Rifle Association, people on terrorist watch lists can and do buy guns in the United States without difficulty. Congress decided, over the objections of the FBI, that government records of who bought guns should not be kept for more than twenty-four hours. Richard A. Clarke
Disarming the Canadian public is part of the new humanitarian social agenda. Lloyd Axworthy
The law is not just and is an infringement of our constitutional and treaty rights. Greg Ahenakew
History dictates that unresponsive governments force ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Bruce Hutton
I'm not happy, frankly. Because I think in a civil society we don't need firearms David Collenette
No studies have been done to link gun legislation to declining firearms-related deaths, but you can draw your own conclusions. Heidi Rathjen
I don't believe a handgun should be in the hands of anybody. Giuliano Zaccardelli
There's no evidence that registering guns reduces the level of gun violence. It's not that I don't think it's something worth doing, but it's something you do much later. Kim Campbell
This government does not believe that public safety is enhanced by carrying weapons. In fact, it has been a long-standing Canadian government practice to discourage the use of personal defense weapons. Once public possession of one type of weapon is condoned for personal defense, the situation of weapon possession for protection starts to spiral upwards towards more powerful and dangerous weapons Anne McLellan
The only people in this country who should have guns are police officers and soldiers Allan Rock
Resolved unanimously that a well regulated militia, composed of gentlemen, freeholders, and other freemen, is the natural strength and only stable security of a free government … Maryland
Gun regulation is historically as American as is gun possession. Saul Cornell
As long as there have been guns in America there have been regulations governing their use and storage. Without government direction there would have been no body of Minutemen to muster on the town greens at Lexington and Concord. If the Founders had imbibed the strong gun rights ideology that drives today's gun debate we would all be drinking tea and singing, "God save our gracious Queen. Saul Cornell
One of the many embarrassing truths about the debate over the right to bear arms that neither side wishes to admit is that gun rights ideology is the illegitimate and spurned child of gun control. Saul Cornell
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject. National Rifle Association
You can have 90% of the people for gun control, but the National Rifle Association will still prevailed. They go out and work harder. Jimmy Carter
His Imperial Highness, the Czar of All the Russias, has issued a manifesto in favor of universal disarmament …. whatever seriousness there is in his latest pronouncement may be translated into an appeal to his brother despots throughout Europe to cease warring with each other in order that their hands may be free to throttle the infant liberty in their own dominions. James Connolly
Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave. Andrew Fletcher
The advantage of being armed ... the Americans possess over the people of all other nations.... Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several Kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. James Madison
The last thing we want is more military style assault weapons on our streets …. When the family gun becomes an assault weapon then that is the gun that will be stolen. Gil Kerlikowske
Gun Control is Being Able to Hit What You Aim At Anonymous
I swear … I shall not have in my possession any gun, sword or arms whatsoever and never use tartan, plaid or any part of the Highland garb …. Anonymous
This Constitution shall never be construed ... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. Samuel Adams
Arguments premised upon the Federal 2nd Amendment ... have never prevented regulation of firearms. American Bar Association
The Union agrees with the Supreme Court's long standing interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that the individual's right to keep and bear arms applies only to the preservation or efficiency of a "well-regulated militia." Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected. American Civil Liberties Union
The National Rifle Association are the gun nuts of the world. Cecil D. Andrus
What we have to do is stop children from killing children. John Ashcroft
I have told myself that gun control isn't crime control. But more and more my argument in my own ears sounded threadbare. Les AuCoin
Gun control is not the answer. Culture control is the answer. Bob Barr
The metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet. Dave Barry
The 2nd Amendment protects the right of the people to bear arms. That doesn't mean that they should be able to bear any arms, at any time, under any circumstances. William Bennett
We don't deed more assault rifles on our streets right now. William Bennett
[Referring to gun control:] You've got to protect your legitimate sportsman and hunter, but by God, you've got to protect your police officers too. William Bennett
We have more gun dealers than McDonald's outlets. Lloyd Bentsen
How miserable that man is that Governes a People where six parts of seven at least are Poor, Endebted Discontented and Armed. William Berkeley
We are literally out of our minds to allow 2.5 million new weapons to be manufactured every year for the sole purpose of killing people. John Bingham
If there is no absolute right to freedom of speech, why must there be an absolute right to the freedom to bear arms. Sherwood Boehlert
SELF-PROTECTORS TO TRAVELLERS AND PLANTERS: For travellers, housekeepers, captaias, planters, and others, they are an indispensable article, as persons, both male and female, can with this pistol protect their lives or property if attacked by many persons. J. G. Bolen
I don’t think there is a Constitutional right for individuals to bear arms. But I’m against gun control. So there! Robert Bork
The gun lobby finds waiting periods inconvenient. You have only to ask my husband how inconvenient he finds his wheelchair from tome to time. Sarah Brady
Easy access to guns is one of the biggest factors in violent crime. William J. Bratton
If the framers of the Constitution had any way to predict what our society would look like today, they would think it ridiculous to see the proliferation of guns. Robert Burgreen
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
We all know the NRA's position: guns don't kill people—grapes do. George W. Bush
Free men and women have the right to own a gun to protect their home. George W. Bush
Arms and laws do not flourish together. Julius Caesar
All guns are capable of killing and maiming. It follows that all guns are a threat to public safety. Canadian Supreme Court
Gun control imposes restraints and regulations on the ordinary folks along the creeks and hollows of the country. These are decent, good people. When Congress talks about gun control, it is stepping on the feet of good, law-abiding citizens. Harlon Carter
People say it’s a radical proposal. Well, I think to have the current situation is what is radical. No other country has anything like it. John Chafee
What better way to help health prevention than to ban all handguns. John Chafee
If we're going to let irrational people vote, then we ought to let them own guns too. Ernie Chambers
Let’s think what an assault weapon is. It could be a pencil –- a stab in the heart. Helen Chenoweth
Nothing is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. Winston Churchill
Gun manufacturers are not selling guns to kill people, but they don't care if they kill people. Dave Clark
They’re infringing on my 2nd Amendment rights so why can’t I interfere with their 1st Amendment privileges. Ken Clauber
The pistol and Bowie knife are as sacred to us as the gown and the pulpit. Cassius Marcellus Clay
There is a constitutional right to travel. But when we pass speed limits and seat belt safety requirements … no one accuses us of “travel control.” Ignore the labels; the facts are your friends. Bill Clinton
There is nothing we can do to assure that this will never happen, but there is a lot we can do to assure that it happens more rarely. Bill Clinton
All persons ... shall have in continual readiness, a good musket or other gun, fit for service. Connecticut
If people have assault weapons, they're going to use assault weapons. John Conyers
What if they had to wait seven days to get their rifles to come to the Alamo and fight? Robert Corbin
Guns are our friends, because in a world without guns I'm what as known as prey. Almost all females are. Ann Coulter
Show me a man who doesn't want his gun registered and I'll show you a man ought not to have a gun. Homer S. Cummings
We're more safe with less guns. Joseph Curran Jr.
You have a right to possess in your home and in your business a rifle, a pistol, and King George can't take it away from you, or Uncle Sam either. Edward M. Davis
Assault weapons were designed to only do two things: Kill people and kill them quickly. Gray Davis
I don't think you need an AK-47 [assault rifle] to defend your family. Elizabeth Dole
A powerful lobby [the National Rifle Association] dins into the ears of our citizenry that these gun purchases are constitutional rights protected by the 2nd Amendment. William O. Douglas
I don't see any need for citizens to own semi-automatic assault rifles, any more than I do nuclear weapons. Those aren't self-defense weapons. William Eastman
... anyone else who can afford them shall keep bows and arrows. Edward I; Edward “Longshanks” Plantagenet
The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution was not meant to make efficient killing machines out of drug dealers and other criminals. Chet Edwards
Subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defense. England
I’m the NRA. James S. Gilmore III
People who want to own a gun should have to pass a written exam that shows they know how to use the gun, that they’re intelligent enough and responsible enough to handle a gun. Rudolph W. Giuliani
In an age where the government has tanks, rockets and missiles, it seems ludicrous to believe that citizen's having handguns are a protection against government power. Ira Glasser
We cannot continue to trade our children’s lives against the gun industry’s profits…. It is time to stop killing our children. Parris Glendening
I'm completely opposed to selling automatic rifles. I don't see any reason why they ever made semiautomatics. I've been a member of the NRA; I collect, make and shoot guns. I've never used an automatic or semiautomatic for hunting. There's no need to. They have no place in anybody's arsenal. If any SOB can't hit a deer with one shot, then he ought to quit shooting. Barry Goldwater
If gun control worked, the District of Columbia would be the safest place in America. Phil Gramm
I am not hurt. Ulysses S. Grant
People do have a right to protect themselves, and they are not protected by the justice system. Daryl Gates
Self defense—a reason which is not accepted in Great Britain as a reason for owning a gun. Michael Howard
We will ban all handguns from peoples’ homes. Michael Howard
I do not consider firearms as weapons. When I think weapon, I mean bazooka. James Huber
It makes no sense for the police of this country to be outgunned by criminals or for our citizens to live in fear of criminals ... armed with assault rifles. William J. Hughes
Every time we license or register guns it is a precursor to confiscation. Susanna Gratia Hupp
To make inexpensive guns impossible to get is to say you're putting a money test on getting a gun. It's racism in its worst form. Roy Innis
All citizens will always be able to engage in the armed defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The possession of arms, however, requires the granting of permission by the competent authorities. Iran
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson
Congress is in the grasp of the National Rifle Association and the religious right. Eddie Bernice Johnson
We are law-abiding citizens who have to leave their weapons in their car when they take their family our for a nice dinner … this is just a major inconvenience. Stephen H. Martin
To disarm the people—that was the best and most effective way to enslave them. George Mason
[Each man must] have ... a sufficient musket or other serviceable peece for war ... for himself and each man servant he keeps able to bear arms. Massachusetts
A well armed society is a polite society. Andre Maurou
Registering a gun is like registering to exercise the right of free speech. Michael McCabe
We have bills that make it impossible for children to get into an aspirin bottle. Do my colleagues not think that we should do the same thing with a gun. Carolyn McCarthy
Self-defense through gunslinging is a delusion .... Those who carry guns for self-protection keep widening the circle of violence. Colman McCarthy
The problem is not repeating rifles. It is repeating offenders. William McCollum
We must not allow the police to be outgunned. Dave Keith McCurdy
I virtually never use the term "gun control" because that would make us anti-gun. Everything we touch is unpopular and controversial. John W. McGaw
Guns go boom. Explosives go boom. That seems to be the reason that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms regulates both. Edwin Meese
The 2nd Amendment is the teeth of the Bill of Rights, and assault rifles are the teeth of the 2nd Amendment. Militia of Montana
I don't like the idea that the police department seems bent on keeping a pool of unarmed victims available for the predations of the criminal class. David Mohler
Guns don't kill people; bullets do. It is time the Federal Government began taxing handgun ammunition used in crime out of existence. Daniel P. Moynihan
If you go out in the woods in hunting season, your going to get shot. Blair Lawson
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always posses arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them. Richard Henry Lee
Gun ownership. The Bill of Rights should be written according to what's appropriate now, not two centuries ago. Alex Kingston
It is often easier for our children to obtain a gun than it is to find a good school. Joycelyn Elders
Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe Dianne Feinstein
[It is forbidden to] shoot off a gun on any unnecessary occasion except [at] an Indian or a wolf. Massachusetts Bay Colony
I lament when I tell you, that neither arms, nor ammunition are provided for those brave men; no, not one musket to six men. . . . We are destitute of arms and ammunition; they are neither of them to be purchased in the country. Stephen Van Rensselaer III
As a general rule, government manufactories . . . are to be avoided. Gunmaking is the great exception to this rule. Such establishments are agreeable to the usual practice of Nations and that practice seems founded on sufficient reason. It makes little sense to leave these essential instruments of national defense to the casual speculations of individual adventure. Guns are not objects of ordinary and indispensable private consumption or use. Alexander Hamilton
The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State; and as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up. And the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by the civil power. Pennsylvania
The military power shall always be held in exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it. Massachusetts
The people have a right to keep and bear arms. Massachusetts
Since the invention of gunpowder has armed the weak as well as the strong with missile death, bodily strength, like beauty, good humor, politeness and other accomplishments, has become but an auxiliary ground of distinction. Thomas Jefferson
Our Manufactory has not yet made one Musquet, the Hands have been imployed in repairing the old Gunns from the Magazeen . . . and repairing the Gunns belonging to the several Companys that have passed thro’ this Town Fielding Lewis
A Cherokee man’s most prized possession, the gun, was also his most disastrous acquisition, marking the beginning of Cherokee dependence… No Cherokee could make a gun, keep it in repair, or manufacture powder. John Phillip Reid
Gunsmiths … shall be compelled to worke at theire trades and are not suffered to plant tobacco or corne or doe any other worke in the ground. Ginni Rometty
No negro, mulatto, or Indian whatsoever . . . shall hereafter presume to keep, or carry any gun, powder, shot, or any club, or other weapon whatsoever, offensive or defensive. Ginni Rometty
The Governor may declare Martial Law against mutinous and seditious persons Maryland
Thomas Trill is herby fined for unseasonably shooteing of his gun, owned by him. Connecticut
I think myself under the necessity of informing your Honor, of the odd behaviour of the few Militia that were marched hither from Fairfax, Culpeper, and Prince William counties. Many of them unarmed, and all without ammunition or provision. Those of Culpeper behaved particularly ill: Out of the hundred that were draughted, seventy-odd arrived here; of which only twenty-five were tolerably armed. I proposed to the unarm’d, that as they came from home (at least with a shew) of serving their country; and as they were, from the want of arms, incapacitated to defend themselves, much less to annoy the enemy, or afford any protection to the Inhabitants George Washington
The People there are very Skilful in the use of Fire-Arms, being all their Lives accustom’d to shoot in the Woods. This, together with a little exercising would soon make the Militia little inferior to Regular Troops. Robert Beverly
Bring every man a musket or fowling piece. Let your piece be long in the barrel; and fear not the weight of it, for most of our shooting is from stands. Edward Winslow
It is a most pernicious and mischievous thing thus to arm these infidels, who might on occasion use these weapons against us. Samuel de Champlain
The state had been hampered by our policy of disarming the militia; which had been pursued as a measure of economy, as the men and officers had been culpably negligent in their attention to their guns’ preservation, so that many were lost, or by neglect became unfit for service. John Floyd
That a well regulated militia is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free government …. standing armies are dangerous to liberty Delaware
When mustered, a majority of them are armed with walking canes, fowling pieces, or unserviceable muskets Joel Roberts Poinsett
so many militia-men . . . are not skilled in the use of the Rifle or Musket Charles K. Gardner
Fire-arms are very liable to be damaged, or rendered unfit for service, as a consequence of military routines. To prevent such damage, not a screw nor a pipe will be moved by the soldier, without express permission from the proper authority,” with the tools for such tasks kept by the sergeants. If there be an armorer present, he alone will be entrusted to repair weapons, no matter how minor the task... guns will be cleaned after rain or even if left out in a morning dew. Guns shall not be left in the care of privates, but collected and stored under guard every night. Winfield Scott
The importance of a well-regulated militia would seem so undeniable, it cannot be disguised that, among the American people, there is a growing indifference to any system of militia discipline, and a strong disposition, from a sense of its burdens, to be rid of all regulations. How it is practicable to keep the people duly armed without some organization it is difficult to see. Joseph Story
I acknowledge that guns kill people, but so do a lot of other things like starvation. Harold Evans
People use guns but, in a sense, guns use people too. When we have the technology for violence easily at hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action. Rowan Williams
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. Noah Webster
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. William S. Burroughs
I have been a hunter all my life but I’ll be damned if anyone needs a 50 caliber machine gun or an assault rifle to hunt deer. John Arthur Love
That all the … men of the nation, betwixt sixty and sixteen, be, with all diligence possible, armed with bayonets and firelocks, all of a calibre, and continue always provided in such arms with ammunition suitable. Scotland
There are too many guns too easily accessible to kids, and we have to do something about it …. We no longer live in a society where mass murder … is unthinkable. Henry Hyde
The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State Vermont
The subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defense suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law. England
Where anyone takes the property of another by force, and is wounded, or killed in the act, he who inflicted the shall incur no legal responsibility for the same. Visgoths
The inability of governments to take seriously the damage caused by small arms and light weapons is a failure of major proportions. William D. Hartung
Libertarians and most conservatives boldly and nobly take a stand for our right to keep and bear arms. Not so we can go duck hunting, but so we can defend ourselves and our families from invasion. And so we can, if necessary, defend our liberty from the possibility of a tyrannical state. Sharon Harris
The Marshal has posted up printed notices, informing all persons that the ordinance against carrying firearms or other weapons in Abilene will be enforced. That's right. There's no bravery in carrying revolvers in a civilized community. Abilene Chronicle
About 36 percent of all homicides in Canada involve guns. By coincidence, about 34 percent of all homicides in Canada involve family members. One might conclude that families are just slightly less dangerous than guns. Karen Selick
When it comes to gun control, you control your gun and I’ll control mine. Brian Schweitzer
If I were writing the Bill of Rights now, there wouldn't be any such thing as the Second Amendment ... This has been one of the greatest pieces of fraud—I repeat the word fraud—on the American people, by special interest groups, that I have seen in my lifetime. Warren E. Burger
Arms have to be the sole purview of the state. Salam Fayyad
No clause in the constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give congress a power to disarm the people. William Rawle
If it was up to me, no one but law enforcement officers would own hand guns. Richard M. Daley
The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. Toyotomi Hideyoshi
There never was a new prince who has disarmed his subjects; rather when he has found them disarmed, he has always armed them, because, by arming them, those arms become yours... Niccolo Machiavelli
The only persons who do not have a revolver and a knife are those who have two revolvers James Henry Hammond
The Arizona legislature is considering a bill which will allow students on college campuses to carry guns and other weapons. Colleges should be run by college presidents, not the Arizona legislature. Clarence W. Dubnick
No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.” James Burgh
For the purpose of securing the working class in the possession of complete power, and in order to eliminate all possibility of restoring the power of the exploiters, it is decreed that all workers be armed.. Russia
An armed person is a citizen. An unarmed person is a subject. Criminals love gun control – it makes their jobs safer. The American Revolution would never have happened with "gun control. Anonymous
Let every free layman, who holds chattels or rent to the value of 16 marks, have hauberk, a helmet, a shield, and a lance. Henry II
Gun Powder makes men equal: a citizen's musket fires as well as a nobleman's. Heinrich Heine
Illegal guns don't belong on our streets and we're sending that message loud and clear. We're determined to see that gun dealers who break the law are held accountable, and that criminals who carry illegal loaded guns serve serious time behind bars. Michael Bloomberg
The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Thomas Paine
Nothing in the opinion, should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Antonin Scalia
We do not think that any sane American, who calls himself an American, can object to placing into this bill the instrument which killed the president of the United States. Franklin Orth
Ex-slaves shall have the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings concerning personal liberty … including the constitutional right to bear arms United States Congress
No one may carry a concealed handgun in public without a permit from the local police. A permit would be granted only to a “suitable” person with a proper reason for carrying a firearm Karl T. Frederick
A man with a gun may be a "potential murderer" and the man who wants to destroy it may likewise be a "potential murderer," but in neither case is he such an enemy of society because of his mere possession of or opposition to firearms. Karl T. Frederick
I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. ... I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses Karl T. Frederick
The aggressive Southern effort to disarm the freedmen prompted a constitutional amendment to better protect their rights. A hundred years later, the Black Panthers’ brazen insistence on the right to bear arms led whites, including conservative Republicans, to support new gun control. Then the pendulum swung back. The gun-control laws of the late 1960s, designed to restrict the use of guns by urban black leftist radicals, fueled the rise of the present-day gun-rights movement—one that, in an ironic reversal, is predominantly white, rural, and politically conservative. Adam Winkler
The constitutional rights of all loyal and well-disposed inhabitants to bear arms will not be infringed Daniel E. Sickles
I see no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying a loaded weapon. Ronald Reagan
The American people in general, and the black people in particular, must take careful note of the racist California legislature aimed at keeping the black people disarmed and powerless Black people have begged, prayed, petitioned, demonstrated, and everything else to get the racist power structure of America to right the wrongs which have historically been perpetuated against black people The time has come for black people to arm themselves against this terror before it is too late. Bobby Seale
We feel in the Department of Justice that we represent the people of the country who demand that some effort be made to reach the firearms evil. Joseph B. Keenen
We really don’t have a gun problem here as they do in Africa, Asia or South America. There people actually go to work with an AK47 slung over their shoulder…. In Iraq for example, every family is allowed to have one weapon and they almost always choose and AK47…. The United States, in contrast, has a very transparent arms system. Larry Kahaner
Our votes must go together with our guns. After all, any vote we shall have, shall have been the product of the gun. The gun which produces the vote should remain its security officer – its guarantor. The people's votes and the people's guns are always inseparable twins. Robert Mugabe
America’s gun culture is an invented tradition. It was not present at the creation of America, whenever we fix that point. Rather, it developed in a single generation, among those who experienced the onset of the Civil War. All cultural attributes have a starting point, and a path of development. America’s gun culture is unusual only in that one can determine the precise period in which a specific artifact became central to a nation’s identity and self-conception. Prior to the 1860s, guns were not perceived as a significant component of America’s national identity, essential to its survival. Michael A. Bellesiles
We have had over 400,000 Americans killed in our country by guns since JFK and Martin Luther King were. That is more Americans dead than were killed in WWII. Michael Bloomberg
We have had over 400,000 Americans killed in our country by guns since JFK and Martin Luther King were. That is more Americans dead than were killed in WWII. Michael Bloomberg
I'm all for gun control, I just define it a little differently. If you can put 2 rounds into the same hole from 25 meters, that's gun control! If you're going to own a gun, you have an obligation to know what you're doing with it. When the Constitution gave us the right to bear arms, it also made us responsible for using them properly. It's not fair of us as citizens to lean more heavily on one side of that equation than on the other. So I support waiting periods and training requirements for gun ownership, and I like the idea that is shouldn't be incredibly easy to get guns. Jesse Ventura
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 rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them. Joseph Story
Peace is not just a matter of the absence of violence. It is also necessarily about removing the potential for violence – namely the uncontrolled possession of weapons. It would be naive to believe that anybody can be at ease when it is known that a potential opponent is stockpiling arms, even if the latter swears on whatever he or she believes, that the weapons will not be used. Weapons are meant to be used and pretexts will eventually be found for their use at some point or the other. Pradip Phanjoubam
If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves. Joseph Stalin
If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash — for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything — without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you L. Neil Smith
You don't shoot to kill. You shoot to stay alive. John Gaver
Arms are dangerous instruments and not necessarily forged for good. How can we safely entrust them to any but those who have schooled themselves in the precepts of the Classics and can use these weapons for the realization of Humanity and Righteousness? To quell violence and disorder, to repulse barbarians and brigands, to rescue living souls from agony and torture, to save the nation from imminent downfall-these are the true ends of Humanity and Righteousness. Yoshida Shoin
…while gun owners are always saying that owning guns is about defending freedom, the only freedom gun owners seem interested in defending with their guns is the freedom to defend their freedom to own guns Dan Savage
A lot of children know absolutely nothing about guns other than what they see on TV, and those are the wrong things. Marion Hammer
As soon as the word “guns” enters any political discussion, all rationality goes out the window. Paul Krugman
You have deranged people throughout the country unfort unately, and they are part of the problem. …I see no reason to have a Bushmaster (assault weapon) in the hands of a deranged person. Colin Powell
More guns means less crime…. 1776 will commence again if you try and take our firearms…We will not relinquish them. Do you understand? … You’re not going to get our guns. You are a hatchet man for the New World Order. Alex Jones
Whose child has to die next? Roxanna Green
The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Thomas Paine
The rate of firearms homicide in America is 20 times higher than it is in other economically advanced nations. We have to change that. Michael Bloomberg
I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. ... I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses Karl T. Frederick
The Black Panthers’ brazen insistence on the right to bear arms [in 1968] led whites, including conservative Republicans, to support new gun control. Then the pendulum swung back. The gun-control laws of the late 1960s, designed to restrict the use of guns by urban black leftist radicals, fueled the rise of the present-day gun-rights movement—one that, in an ironic reversal, is predominantly white, rural, and politically conservative. Adam Winkler
The constitutional rights of all loyal and well-disposed inhabitants to bear arms will not be infringed. Daniel E. Sickles
One cannot expect people to quit seeking new weapons as long as the tactical advantages of weapon are seem to outweigh the costs imposed by prohibition. The only way to make people give up their guns is to create a world in which guns are perceived as having little value. Daniel D. Polsby
Trying to establish a city as an island of prohibition in a sea of legal firearms seems an impossible project. Daniel D. Polsby
The class of people we wish to deprive of guns, then, is the very class with the most inelastic demand for them—criminals—whereas the people most likely to comply with gun control laws don’t value guns in the first place. Daniel D. Polsby
… people who are armed make comparatively unattractive victims. A criminal might not know if any one civilian is armed, but if it becomes known that a large number of civilians do carry weapons, criminals will become warier. Daniel D. Polsby
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles -- it's something I strongly support -- we can't be so fixated on that that we are unable to think about the reality of life that millions of Americans face on streets that are unsafe, under conditions that no other nation […] has permitted to exist. And at some point, I still hope that the leadership of the National Rifle Association will go back to doing what it did when I was a boy and which made me want to be a lifetime member because they put out valuable information about hunting and marksmanship and safe use of guns. But just to know of the conditions we face today in a lot of our cities and other places in this country and the enormous threat to public safety is amazing. Bill Clinton
The 2nd Amendment was for protecting the people from the government. Danny Peyman
The crime gun market has been a huge segment of the gun industry’s sale. It’s been a share of the market they haven’t been willing to surrender. Brian Siebel
We will never get anywhere in fighting the pistol until we convert public opinion to the belief that the revolver has no value as a weapon of defense. William McAdoo
God made all men. Samuel Colt made all men equal. Anonymous
The United States homicide rate without guns is higher than most European country’s homicide rates including guns. James Alan Fox
We must reverse this psychology . We can do it by passing a law that says anyone found in possession of a handgun except a legitimate officer of the law goes to jail--period! Carl T. Rowan Jr.
… morality ends where the gun begins. Ayn Rand
Who in your life would have to die from gun violence before you’d support gun control. Anonymous
An unarmed or non-militant People will be enslaved. David Eden Lane
Firearms are a luxury. Fisher Ames
Let’s not sacrifice the lives of our children to the 2nd Amendment Paul Begala
This was a pretty shameful day for Washington. Barack Obama
Guns are not a defense. Guns are a risk. Gustavo Petro
There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns. Ayn Rand
We must work to stop gun violence. I’ve consoled far too many parents whose children were taken too soon. We need to come together across party, racial, and religious lines. It’s time to take responsibility for making sure our babies grow up. Al Sharpton
Purchasing a gun should be at least as rigorous as adopting a dog. Brian McFadden
Like automobiles, guns should require mandatory insurance policies. Brian McFadden
No matter the cost of our political positions, common-sense gun-safety legislation is achievable. Colorado’s newest gun-safety laws have been in effect for months, and the recalls have no bearing on them. Angela Giron
It takes only one person with a weapon to shatter a life, a family, a community. Angela Giron
I want you to know that I'm not only in charge of the newspaper but every piece of news that goes out, and I don't like these gun laws, and I don't want you to vote for them. Ray Stafford
… intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable to protect life. United Nations
Stop using the word’s “gun control”. All the 2nd Amendment enthusiasts hear is CONTROL. Let’s use “gun violence”, “gun safety” and other terms that are less confrontational. Roland Martin
Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. Tench Coxe
Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms. Tench Coxe
The Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This is not for someone who's in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This [gun control] is for us when our government becomes tyrannical... Sharron Angle
The real firearms argument is not a historical dispute about revolutionary America but a political one about 21st century America. Garrett Epps
In a heavily armed society, there is no longer anything that can be called civilian life. Jill Lepore
Liberty and an unarmed people stand in direct contradiction. Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol
The possession of arms is the distinction between a free man and a slave. James Burgh
You know everybody romances the OK Corral and all of the things that happened [there]. But gun crimes were not very prevalent back then. Why? Because people carried guns. Rick Santorum
It is hereby declared unlawful to carry in the hand or upon the person or otherwise any deadly weapon within the limits of said city of Tombstone, without first obtaining a permit in writing. Tombstone
The towns such as the cattle towns that disarmed young men lowered the rates of personal violence considerably. Those towns … that did not disarm men tended to bury significantly more of them. Richard White
Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them. On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms — a bill that could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count. Gabrielle Giffords
This non-violent stuff ain’t no good. It’ll get you killed. Hartman Turnbow
I wasn’t being non-nonviolent, I was just protectin’ my family. Hartman Turnbow
No Colored man can read an account of the recent lynching in Gainesville without being ashamed of his people. Without resistance they let a white mob whom they outnumbered two to one, torture, harry and murder. In the last analysis lynching of Negroes is going to stop when the cowardly mob is faced by effective guns in the hands of people determined to sell their souls dearly. W. E. B. Du Bois
Why in the world is it not a felony to traffic and sell illegal guns in our country? This is an outrage. Carolyn Maloney
Having a firearm in your home, not only doesn’t protect you, but it puts you at 300 percent more risk that someone in your family will be killed in a homicide and 500 percent more likely that someone in your family will be killed by suicide…. The NRA didn’t like the fact that the research, very legitimate, high quality research, showed that having a gun in your home put’s you at more risk and it doesn’t protect you. Mark Rosenberg
The good people of this world are very far from being satisfied with each other & my arms are the best peacemakers. Samuel Colt
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. I could not do that. The votes weren't here.. Dianne Feinstein
if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you... it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. Dalai Lama
An armed society is a polite society. Robert A. Heinlein
There are no good guns. There are no bad guns. Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people. Charlton Heston
The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.. Hubert Humphrey
I think these things [firearms] were invented by Satan himself, for they can’t be defended against with [ordinary] weapons and fists. All human strength vanishes when confronted with firearms. A man is dead before he sees what’s coming.. Martin Luther
A great many sportsmen have urged me to support this bill. It is hard for me to understand the interest of sportsmen in pistols. I myself have fished and hunted a great deal. I have a deep interest in outdoor sports and the various associations which foster them, but it is common knowledge, of course, that fishermen never use a pistol and hunters practically never use a pistol... [even for] theoretical self-protection, the value of a revolver is very problematical.. Franklin D. Roosevelt
It [gun control] is not a loss of freedom. It's a measure to protect it. James Brady
You can’t take the hard-line NRA position. That’s a loser. Gerald R. Ford
Our neighbors in Virginia are just as responsible for these killings as the criminals are because they won't pass strong gun control legislation. Marion Barry
If abortion is different because it’s about life and death, so too, potentially, are guns, yet we seem positively loath to examine people’s reasons for wanting to own them.... And unlike abortion, guns kill more than 32,000 actually existing people every year. Katha Politt
Watching ducks land on a lake in Arkansas in the winter is about the closest to Heaven as you can find on this earth… and as someone who believes, according to my faith, I will go to Heaven when I die, I am pretty sure that there is duck hunting in Heaven! Mike Huckabee
The unaccountable irregular behaviour of these fellows [New England Militia Volunteers] the greatest fatigue I meet with. When the New Hampshire troops arrived, they all be taught how to use the firelock. At that first training, one of them fired his musket by accident, the Bullet went thro a mans Cap on his head. William Pepperrell
Colonial Americans were famously well fed, based on their farming, not their hunting. Michael A. Bellesiles
Gunsmiths and other artisans shall [henceforth] be compelled to worke at theire trades and [are] not suffered to plant tobacco or corne or doe any other worke in the ground. Virginia
Gunsmiths must fix all Armes...brought them by any of the Souldiers of this Countrey. Virginia
All militia officers shall have the authority to impress any smith...or other artificer, whatsoever, which shall be thought useful for the fixing of arms Virginia
Indians are never to be allowed to handle European firearms andthey should witness the firing of muskets by only the best shots, for if they see any English miss what they aim at, they will think the weapon not so terrible, and thereby will be bould to assault you. Virginia Company
There is a great deal of romance attached to American gun use that should be examined more closely, such as the curious notion that Americans are somehow naturally brilliant shooters. The examination of historical specifics tends to undermine most myths. For example, it is estimated that the 7th Cavalry fired 40,000 rounds at Little Big Horn, killing sixty Indians and wounding one hundred. Michael A. Bellesiles
A firearm is a luxury. Fisher Ames
They [The National Rifle Association] not only punish people who do not follow their line, but they dehumanize them. Michael Synar
28,000 people were killed in the world last year by terrorists. Every death is a tragedy but we should keep this in perspective, After all, over 30,000 people last year were victims of gun death in the United States alone. Fareed Zakaria
The states with the highest proportion of gun ownship have the highest death rate from guns. Fareed Zakaria
In 1803 only three states had rifle companies. Michael A. Bellesiles
The majority falls prey to the delusion—popular in some circles—that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government payroll. But the simple truth—born of experience—is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people. Alex Kozinski
We need a nation of minutemen – citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life, and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. John F. Kennedy