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Only if people still believed this way. The world would be a better place.
“The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defence. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside.... Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; . . . the weak will become prey.”
-Thomas Paine (1737-1809), in "Thoughts on Defensive War", in The Pennsylvania Magazine, July 1775
“At first glance, it may seem odd or even perverse to suggest that statutory controls on the private ownership of firearms are irrelevant to the problem of armed crime: yet that is precisely what the evidence shows. Armed crime and violent crime generally are products of ethnic and social factors unrelated to the availability of a particular type of weapon. The number of firearms required to satisfy the crime market is minute, and these are supplied no matter what controls are instituted. Controls have had serious effect on legitimate users of firearms, but there is no case, either in the history of this country (Britain) or in the experience of other countries in which controls can be shown to have restricted the flow of weapons to criminals, or in any way reduce crime.”
-Chief Inspector Colins Greenwood, West Yorkshire Constabulary, Police Review, Britain after six months of study of firearms control systems at Cambridge University
And a many centuries has gone by, Man hasn't learned from the voices of the past that hold true this very day!
-Old Salts 04-01-2010
This is one of the best things I have read for along time. I would like to see even more.
Well is a hole in the ground with water in it......... perfectly built for shootin UP!
it's such a disscrace those people against us don't know or care what this GREAT country was founded on!!!! they need to open their eyes to the obvious fact's!! we CANNOT let these IDIOT'S keep pushing these bogus law's on us!!!!! at what point do we stand up say enough is enough!!!!!!!!!
I'll keep my guns, freedom, and money... you can keep the "change!" -read off of a bumper sticker
Thanks to all who have taken the time to comment. As already said, our founding fathers had experianced what citizens without personal control of their lives was about & I feel, this is why they were so careful to decree that an individual had the right to protect himself,family & property.
God Bless America & Pass the Ammunition.
Although the Founding Fathers voices are still ring true loud and clear as the Gospel in the Bible, they fall on depth ears and nobody responds!
This gallery is full of outstanding quotes. I particullarly like #3 by Ben Franklin. All of the quotes by our founding fathers make it clear that the framers of the Constitution intended the Second Amendment to be an individual right.
Even in the Garden on the day Jesus was apprehended to be crucified, Jesus had Men who were armed around him and one did try to defend him but was stopped by Jesus himself.
“Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.”
-Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese author, in the Los Angeles Times, 1992-Oct-15, commenting on the response of the Japanese public to government corruption
“If every person has the right to defend - even by force - his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.”
-Frederic Bastiat, The Law, Paris, 1850
“When tyranny hits the fan and the 'Firearms Control Section Gestapo' stops by to confiscate your firearms, do the right thing...give'em the ammunition first.”
-the Tucson (Arizona) Rifle Club newsletter, 1999-Sep
“the people I put in jail have more honor than the top administration in this organization.”
-Bob Hoffman, ATF agent, to Mike Wallace, on 60 Minutes, 1993-Jan
“I took an oath. And the thing that I find totally abhorrent and disgusting is these higher-level people took that same oath and they violate the basic principles and tenets of the Constitution and the laws and simple ethics and morality.”
-Lou Tomasello, ATF agent, to Mike Wallace, on 60 Minutes, 1993-Jan
“a jack-booted group of fascists who are perhaps as large a danger to American society as I could pick today.”
-Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) in 1983, describing the ATF
“Trampled upon the Second Amendment [...] Offended the Fourth Amendment [...] Ignored the Fifth Amendment”
-Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, 1982, findings regarding the ATF
“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
“Communism is not [and never was] a creation of the masses to overthrow the Banking establishment, but rather a creation of the Banking establishment to overthrow and enslave the people.”
-Anthony J. Hilder
“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
“I'll rule this country by executive order if Congress won't adopt my agenda.”
-Bill Clinton, 1998-Jul-4
Throughout the history of Man, self defense of others and oneself has and is and always to be paramount.
Ask someone this very simple question. I called my Congressman’s Office today who is a 2nd Amendment supporter and on the phone was a young Man I would say in his very early 20’s.
The questions was this,
What Government entity is responsible for your personnel protection?
The Young Man answered there are laws that protect you. That’s not the answer Sir because you don’t understand the question because you cannot with all due respects understand the answer. Once again I asked him the question and again he could not understand it. If the crime is happening now and it will be over within 5 seconds you have the Police on the phone and they are 5 minutes out, who is protecting you, “The Police!” he responded. So I gave him the answer, “There is no Government entity responsible for your personnel protection!” He still didn’t get it!!! Then I told him about the Rodney King riot in California when a Government Representative said, There is no Government Office or Entity responsible for your personnel protection!! And still referring back to his original answer! What can I say?
A Brady Law supporter reportedly uttered
“But I don't want to defend myself.”
What can I say?
Having a battle of wit's with a unarmed mind?
How can you reason with those stuck on STUPID!
“The broad principle that there is an individual right to bear arms is shared by many Americans, including myself. I'm of the view that you can't take a broad approach to other rights, such as First Amendment rights, and then interpret the Second Amendment so narrowly that it could fit in a thimble.”
-Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, 2002-May-8 (http://www.senate.gov/~schumer/SchumerWebsite/pressroom/press_releases/P...)
S. Creekwalker, I would add to your list all of the Judges of the Supreme Court!
i love how the founding fathers all stood up for protecting our right to own guns. if only anti gun people could understand what they were saying and stop and think that maybe just maybe the founding fathers are right
I am not surprised by the founding fathers' comments. I agree and their words ring true to this day. As a christian I am pleased that Aquinas and Augustine were quoted. The sixth commandment only applies to the premeditated killing of a human being in peacetime anyway. The big surprise is the Dalai Lama's statement. I know buddhism is heavy on thought and philosophy, but I am indeed pleasantly surprised it is applied in such a way.
Anyone reading these and other quotes by the founding fathers shold realize that all of them would be NRA members and contacting their congressme or congress women to let them know where they stand.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause -- there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once. -Joss Whedon, writer and film director (b. 1964
You tell 'em, Clint !!!
Another sad truth that exemplifies the steady erosion of personal freedoms and the individual's right to protect home and family is the legal entanglement of using a firearm. They may not take away your firearm but they can make it mighty risky to use it to defend yourself. A robber breaks into your home and you shoot him as he crashes thru the door- you may be charged for the use of that firearm and his death. Perhaps the unfortunate robber sustains debilitating injuries from the bullet that stops him, an enterprising lawyer may have you paying for his rehab and support for a lifetime. How would that be for adding insult to injury? Sounds like a case of being disarmed when the firearms are still safely in the gun cabinet.
Look at the amazing leadership and genius of so many characters during the Revolution. These brilliant men put their lives on the line for ideas but were guided by commonsense. They realized that politicizing what they held dear risked everything they were striving to accomplish. United States and a host of other democratic nations around the world are in desperate need of such characters and such courageous leadership.
One of my colleagues is a liberal, a full supporter of Obama. We have had countless arguments about gun-rights, but still doesn't see our need to bear arms. I would love to show him some of these quotes and see what he thinks.
Ms Pelosi, Mr. Reid, Mr. Obama, Are you listening?
Well, I think it is fairly clear now what our founding fathers had in mind when it comes to the right to bear arms.
cool quotes need more of this stuff!
This is great! I would love to see more of these!
"I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it."
- Clint Eastwood
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