Famous gun quotations...

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  1. "A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun. "
    ~ Don Henley

    A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders.
    ~ Larry Elder

    America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
    ~ George W. Bush

    "If guns kill people then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk and spoons made Rosie O’Donnell fat."
    ~ Author Unknown

    "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 these opinions generate hatred."
    ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

    "Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars."
    ~ Unknown

    "The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!"
    ~ President Theodore Roosevelt

    "The ruling class doesn't care about public safety. Having made it very difficult for States and localities to police themselves, having left ordinary citizens with no choice but to protect themselves as best they can, they now try to take our guns away. In fact they blame us and our guns for crime. This is so wrong that it cannot be an honest mistake."
    ~ Sen. Malcolm Wallop

    "Just as the First and Fourth Amendment secure individual rights of speech and security respectively, the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. This view of the text comports with the all but unanimous understanding of the Founding Fathers."
    ~ Attorney General John Ashcroft

    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and passed on ... or we will spend our sunset years telling our children's children what it was like in the United States when men were free."
    ~ Ronald Reagan

    "I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
    ~ General Douglas MacArthur

    "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
    ~ Thomas Jefferson

    "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They 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."
    ~ Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)
     
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  2. forrest r
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    Nice, interesting reading.
     
  3. Thank you, I am adding more and more as I find them. :)
     
  4. How about these:

    "A free people ought to be armed."
    - George Washington

    "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."
    - George Washington

    "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

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
    - Benjamin Franklin

    "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They 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."
    - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)

    "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

    "The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    "On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    "I enclose you a list of the killed, wounded, and captives of the enemy from the commencement of hostilities at Lexington in April, 1775, until November, 1777, since which there has been no event of any consequence ... I think that upon the whole it has been about one half the number lost by them, in some instances more, but in others less. This difference is ascribed to our superiority in taking aim when we fire; every soldier in our army having been intimate with his gun from his infancy."
    - Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Giovanni Fabbroni, June 8, 1778

    "Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense."
    - John Adams

    "To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
    - George Mason

    "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
    - George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

    "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe."
    - Noah Webster

    "The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops."
    - Noah Webster

    "A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace."
    - James Madison

    "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms."
    - James Madison

    "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country."
    - James Madison

    "The ultimate authority resides in the people alone."
    - James Madison

    "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
    - William Pitt

    "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

    "A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of bearing arms."
    - Richard Henry Lee

    "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."
    - Patrick Henry

    "This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty.... 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 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."
    - St. George Tucker

    "... arms ... discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the law-abiding) deprived the use of them."
    - Thomas Paine

    "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 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

    "What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty .... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."
    - Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts

    " ... for it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of insuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion."
    - Alexander Hamilton
     
  5. Or these:

    "I have a love interest in every one of my films - a gun."
    - Arnold Schwarzenegger

    "I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it."
    - Clint Eastwood

    "The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose."
    - James Earl Jones

    "There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period."
    - Ted Nugent

    "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

    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
    - Sigmund Freud

    "An armed society is a polite society."
    - Robert Heinlein

    "There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men."
    - Robert A. Heinlein

    "Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised."
    - Charlton Heston

    "We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns... When I was a kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren't shooting at humans... we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly take my kids out for target practice."
    - Johnny Depp

    "But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you ... it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
    - Dalai Lama

    "A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders."
    - Larry Elder

    "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."
    - G. K. Chesterton

    " ... 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

    "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

    "In England, if you commit a crime, the police don't have a gun and you don't have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say 'Stop, or I'll say stop again.'"
    - Robin Williams

    "It's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it."
    - Christian Slater

    "Now they’re tryin’ to take my guns away
    And that would be just fine
    If you take ‘em away from the criminals first
    I’d gladly give you mine"
    - Charlie Daniels Band, A Few More Rednecks

    "Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again; poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves."
    - D. H. Lawrence

    "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 safety hazard don’t see the danger of the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don't like."
    - Alan Dershowitz
     
  6. Thank you for adding to the list. :)
     
  7. If you like those here's some more for you:

    :)

    Religion and Self-Defense

    "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his possessions are safe."
    - Luke 11:21

    "Jesus said, 'But now whoever has a purse or a bag, must take it and whoever does not have a sword must sell his cloak and buy one.'"
    - Luke 22:36

    "A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society? ... The Scriptures tell us "righteousness exalteth a Nation."
    - Abigail Adams

    "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
    - John Adams

    "God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."
    - Daniel Webster

    "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

    "Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the unjust aggressor to one's life, one's goods or one's physical integrity; sometimes, even 'til the aggressor’s death.... In fact, this act is aimed at preserving one’s life or one’s goods and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim."
    - Thomas Aquinas
     
  8. Thank you again for the adds. I especially like the bible quotes from Luke. Those are superb.
     
  9. More:

    Quotations of Clint Smith

    "Beware the man who only has one gun. He probably knows how to use it!"

    "An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity."

    "A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'"

    "When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away."

    "I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy."

    "The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental."

    "You cannot save the planet. You may be able to save yourself and your family."

    "You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it."

    "You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."

    "Don't shoot fast, shoot good."

    "If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for."

    "If you're not shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin, you should be movin', if you're not movin', someone's gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick."

    "Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, cause it's gonna be empty."

    "Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."

    "Every time I teach a class, I discover I don't know something."

    "The two most important rules in a gunfight are: always cheat and always win."

    "The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight. ...I'd choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic bomb instead."
     
  10. MikeH121
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    I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney, than driving with Ted Kennedy.

    Friendly Fire Isn't.

    When I have to use my pistol, I am already in deep &*^%. -Navy SEAL
     
  11. Gentlemen,

    This quote needs to be remembered and brought up from time to time with people who don't understand what's happening all around them.

    It just goes to show you that those guys who put this country on the map really had it figured out.

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  12. As I'm a big reader of pretty much anything having to do with the building of the Constitution and our Revolutionary War, here are a few key quotes from one of my favorite writers of the time, Mr. Thomas Paine....

    "The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government."

    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in the crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

    "A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody". (Sound like Washington DC?)

    "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property..... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."


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  13. From then Governor Sam Adams circa 1780 or so:


    “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, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87)


    “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, 1780)

    200+ years ago, these guys had it figured out and it is so sad that the "azzhats" that we have now are trying to bring it all down.

    Not gonna happen on my watch.

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    "You you want them you can have them, but you are getting them barrel first"

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  15. diesel
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    One Shot, that's some really good stuff my friend. Like I said, our founding fathers must have been time travelers from the future. Do you mind if I use a few of those quotes?:clap: :flag:
     
  16. MikeH121
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    My Sig line:

    "Thoe who hammer thier guns into plowshares, will plow for those who do not" - Thomas Jefferson
     

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