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101 of the Best Gun Quotes Ever

February 19th, 2010

The following are some of my favorite gun quotes. Some of them show why we need guns. Some show why the Founding Fathers knew we had to have them. Some show why dictators (and idiots in Congress) don’t want you to have any. All of them make me thankful for my Second Amendment rights. If you’re thankful for your Second Amendment rights tweet, stumble, bookmark, and share this list with a friend.

1.”A free people ought to be armed.”
~George Washington

2.”To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…”
~Richard Henry Lee

3.”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 possible limits. … 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.”
~St. George Tucker

4.”[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
~James Madison

5.”Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
~George Washington

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

7.”One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.”
~Thomas Jefferson

8.”The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
~Alexander Hamilton

9.”By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
~John F. Kennedy

10.”Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other.”
~John Locke

11.”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.”
~James Burgh

12.”The congress of the United States possesses no power to regulate, or interfere with the domestic concerns, or police of any state: it belongs not to them to establish any rules respecting the rights of property; nor will the constitution permit any prohibition of arms to the people.”
Saint George Tucker

13.”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

14.”And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms….The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants”
~Thomas Jefferson

15.”The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
~Patrick Henry

16.”They tell us that we are weak—unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Three million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.”
~Patrick Henry

17.”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

18.”The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military. The hired servants of our rulers. Only the government-and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.”
~Edward Abbey

19.”None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.”
~Thomas Jefferson

20.”Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people”
~Tench Coxe

21.”The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms has justly been considered the palladium of the liberties of the 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

22.”God grants Liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
~Daniel Webster

23.”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

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

25.”You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”
~Charles A. Beard

26.”The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not 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 to the strong.”
~Thomas Paine

27.”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

28.”You are bound to meet misfortune if you are unarmed because, among other reasons, people despise you….There is simply no comparison between a man who is armed and one who is not. It is unreasonable to expect that an armed man should obey one who is unarmed, or that an unarmed man should remain safe and secure when his servants are armed. In the latter case, there will be suspicion on the one hand and contempt on the other, making cooperation impossible.”
~Niccolo Machiavelli

29.”The danger (where there is any) from armed citizens, is only to the ‘government’, not to ’society’; and as long as they have nothing to revenge in the government (which they cannot have while it is in their own hands) there are many advantages in their being accustomed to the use of arms, and no possible disadvantage.”
~Joel Barlow

30.”Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it.”
~Lord Baden-Powell

31.”Self defense is a primary law of nature, which no subsequent law of society can abolish; the immediate gift of the Creator, obliges everyone … to resist the first approaches of tyranny.”
~Elbridge Gerry

32.”The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops.”
~James Madison

33.”No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
~Thomas Jefferson

34.”Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
~Thomas Jefferson (quoting Cesare Beccaria)

35.”I am thus far a Quaker, that I would gladly argue with all the world to lay aside the use of arms and settle matters by negotiation, but unless the whole will, the matter ends, and I take up my musket and thank Heaven He has put it in my power.”
~Thomas Paine

36.”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 inevitably ruined”
~Patrick Henry

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

38.”To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege.”
~Wilson v. State

39.”Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. … the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”
~Sen. Hubert Humphrey

40.”To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
~George Washington

41.”One of the arguments that had been made against gun control was that an armed citizenry was the final bulwark against tyranny. My response had been that untrained, lightly-armed non-soldiers couldn’t prevail against a modern army. I had concluded that the qualitative difference in firepower was such that all of the previous rules of guerilla war no longer applied. Both Vietnam and Afghanistan demonstrated that wasn’t true. Repelling an armed invasion is not something that American citizens are likely to face, but the possibility of a despotic government coming to power is not wholly unthinkable. One of the sequellae of Vietnam was the rise of the Khmer Rouge and slaughter of perhaps a million Cambodian citizens. Those citizens, like the Jews in Germany or the Armenians in Turkey, were unarmed and thus utterly and completely defenseless against police and paramilitary. An armed minority was able to kill and terrorize unarmed victims with total impunity.”
~Paul Hagar

42.”As a card-carrying member of the liberal media, producing this piece was an eye opening experience. I have to admit that I saw guns as inherently evil, violence begets violence, and so on. I have learned, however, that in trained hands, just the presence of a gun can be a real “man stopper.” I am sorry that women have had to resort to this, but wishing it wasn’t so won’t make it any safer out there.”
~Jill Fieldstein

43.”To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
~George Mason

44.”The philosophy of gun control: Teenagers are roaring through town at 90MPH, where the speed limit is 25. Your solution is to lower the speed limit to 20.”
~Sam Cohen (inventor of the neutron bomb)

45.”From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and 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

46.”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

47.”If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying — that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 — establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime.”
~Senator Orrin Hatch

48.” `The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the milita, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right.”
~Nunn vs. State

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

50.”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

51.”That the people have a Right to mass and to bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the Body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper natural and safe defense of a free State…”
~George Mason

52.”The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non ["something essential" lit. "without which not"] for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or police.”
~Adolph Hitler

53.”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

54.”The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals.”
~James Monroe

55.”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

56.”You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”
~Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

57.”… 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

58.”No law ever prevented a crime.”
~Anonymous

59.”Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense.”
~John Adams

60.”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

61.”An armed society is a polite society.”
~Robert Heinlein

62.”I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
~Clint Eastwood

63.”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

64.”Laws can’t control the lawless”
~Wayne LaPierre

65.”A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.”
~Sigmund Freud

66.“Guns don’t kill people, husbands who come home early from work kill people”
~Larry the Cable Guy

67.”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

68.”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

69.”The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
~Thomas Jefferson

70.“Blaming guns for killing people is like blaming pencils for bad spelling”
~Larry the Cable Guy

71.”The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
~Wayne LaPierre

72.”When seconds count between living or dying, the police are only minutes away.”
~Phillip Van Cleave

73.”I sympathize with people who want to ban guns, but I can’t agree with them. We have to be careful in our zeal to abolish guns that we don’t wind up with counter-productive legislation that will leave armed only the people most likely to do harm with them.”
~Hugh Downs

74.“The fundamental force behind the Second Amendment is to empower the people and give them the greatest measure of authority over the tyranny of runaway government.”
~Bob Schaffer

75.”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.”
~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

76.”There’s no such thing as a good gun. There’s no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys.”
~Charlton Heston

77.“The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting, and I know I’m not going to make very many friends saying this, but it’s about our right, all of our right to be able to protect ourselves from all of you guys up there.”
~Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp - this video from her is amazing

78.”Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.”
~Benjamin Franklin

79.”Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

80.”These Sarah Brady types must be educated to understand that because we have an armed citizenry, that a dictatorship has not happened in America. These anti-gun fools are more dangerous to Liberty than street criminals or foreign spies.”
~Theodore Haas, Dachau Survivor

81.“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
~Plato

82.”A Lifetime Warranty on a concealed carry firearm isn’t much good, If the firearm fails in an armed encounter, the owner of the firearm might expire, along with the warranty.”
~John Abbott

83.”This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”
~Abraham Lincoln

84.”Assault is a type of behavior, not a type of hardware.”
~Alan Korwin

85.”Four out of five politicians surveyed prefer unarmed, ignorant peasants.”
~Unknown

86.“There’s no question that weapons in the hands of the public have prevented acts of terror or stopped them.”
~Israeli Police Inspector General Shlomo Aharonisky

87.”Taking my gun away because I might shoot someone is like cutting my tongue out because I might yell `Fire!’ in a crowded theater.”
~Peter Venetoklis

88.”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 about?”
~Clint Smith

89.”An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.”
~Col. Jeff Cooper

90.”Gun control has not worked in D.C. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It’s quicker to pull your Smith & Wesson than to dial 911 if you’re being robbed.”
~Lowell Duckett

91.“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time… It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience.”
~Ronald Reagan

92.”If guns cause crimes, do matches cause arson?”
~Unknown

93.”False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature … laws not preventive but fearful of crimes.”
~Beccaria

94.”How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.”
~ Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp

95.”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

96.”Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.”
~Unknown

97.”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

98.”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

99.”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

100.”A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.”
~Unknown

101.”This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” ~Adolph Hitler, 1935, on The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany

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  1. August 11th, 2010 at 05:26 | #1

    As a gun owner, no one is more concerned about practicing gun safety and security than you.Responsible citizens across the country must take preventative action to ensure that all firearms are in responsible hands.

  2. September 18th, 2010 at 00:26 | #2

    In the America of my youth, fathers and grandfathers passed on not only responsible and safe handling of firearms, but responsibility in all areas of life as well. We were still a country with large rural areas where guns were treated as the tools they were. More importantly, however, I learned the safe and responsible handling of firearms.

  3. January 18th, 2011 at 00:53 | #3

    lolmao thiese quotes ar awesome as posum.

  4. January 28th, 2011 at 14:39 | #4

    Thank you so much for this compilation of quotes. It is both informative and hilarious.

  5. Peter Holmgren
    February 24th, 2011 at 21:54 | #5

    Thank you. Really! We need to stand up for our freedom and get the people back in control of their lives.

  6. COMALite J
    April 3rd, 2011 at 15:36 | #6

    I am a big supporter and defender of the Second Amendment, but do be aware that it does our cause harm, not good, to use phony quotes.

    At the very least, your Quotation #5, allegedly from George Washington, is bogus. He never said nor wrote that. It wasn’t his style (he tended to be VERY wordy [like me!], not anywhere near that clear and concise), and moreover, the full version of the quote uses terminology which was not in use at the time (e.g. such modern English constructs as “99 and 99/100ths percent” and “safe and sane”) and indeed made no sense at the time (e.g. it mentions “prairie wagons,” which wouldn’t come into use until the Great Plains were opened up thanks to the Louisiana Purchase, still decades into the future when he allegedly said that — and also refers to “the Pilgrims” who were still generally known and referred to as “Puritans” at the time).

    I think that some of the other Founding Fathers quotes are bogus as well. I’ll research further when I have time.

    You really should verify each and every quote BEFORE you try to use it. If you get caught using an unverified quote, it makes it look like such falsehoods are all that out side has! Don’t give the gun-banners such mileage.

  7. kevin lively
    November 1st, 2011 at 12:50 | #7

    Love the quotes. All Americans need to start standing up for our freedoms just like our founding fathers had to do. I would rather be involved in a shoot-out than a shooting!

  8. M Miller
    November 19th, 2011 at 07:42 | #8

    Nice quotes. All Americans need to stand up for peace, love, and joy and guns responsibility used and out of the hands of criminals. People in general, not just fathers or men, need to teach the world about responsibility, integrity, peace, and love.

  9. Patrick James
    February 12th, 2012 at 22:38 | #9

    Thanks for all the great quotes!! Every American needs to be educated as to the intent of our current government! We need a voice that can be heard, will be heard… and a voice that can make a difference! If we sit by complacently, the government will lull us all into a false sense of security… and then it will be too late, our Rights will be gone!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cold-Dead-Hands/307188559330028 Come like this page, dedicated to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, and help us go viral!! Our voice can make a difference!! ‘libertatem aut mortem!’

  10. February 28th, 2012 at 16:18 | #10

    @mastur cheef
    You are an idiot.

  11. yomamma
    May 9th, 2012 at 09:49 | #11

    Gun control sucks! People should be aloud to carry around a firearm for protection, just because some retards wonna go kill a dude and ruin gun rights for evryone, the penalty, should only apply to them. people need a sense of protection that they can count on and since in todays society u cant trust noone, they’l use a gun, i dont blame em. Im only 18 and i understand all this crap, i do gunshows w my dad and half the stories i hear bout some punks thinkn theyre all bad because they were mes’n with an ole man, that guy should have the right to purchase a gun n teach em kids a lesson! And p.s. hey joe, u should put a lil more thought into ur reply other than, “your an idiot.”

  12. shore patrol
    August 9th, 2012 at 21:15 | #12

    The only kind of gun control this country needs is a good eye and a steady hand!

  13. Jordan
    November 8th, 2012 at 11:00 | #13

    A gun is no different than a tool such as a hammer or a screwdriver. All tools must be shown the same amount of respect and care, but you first must be able to learn how to use it.

  14. Bailey
    November 14th, 2012 at 16:03 | #14

    Notice that the last quote was from Adolf Hitler… Right before he took over Germany and commenced to kill 6 million Jews, Gypsies, Disabled men/women and blacks. Gun control at it’s finest. :p Gun control obviously makes things soooo much safer, right?

  15. Beard
    December 19th, 2012 at 21:42 | #15

    If you take a look at gun crime (and especially homicide) statistics from around the world, it rapidly becomes clear that there are countries with higher gun ownership rates than the US, but much lower crime/death rates. It’s not that a proliferation of guns causes gun crime, it’s that America’s barbaric, alienating, ultra-capitalist society breeds a large number of psychopaths. In the most advanced social-democratic countries - the countries which have the best welfare states, the most generous benefits, in places where people are taught from birth to look after everyone else as well as themselves - gun crime is tiny, even when gun ownership is huge.

    It is an indictment of America’s economically liberal, socially conservative culture that so many kids are killed. Sure, if everyone carried a gun, you might save *some* lives next time a murderous psycho starts shooting up a school, but in a country that sees looking after the most vulnerable as its #1 priority, you don’t get nearly so many murderous psychos to begin with.

    Prevention is better than cure.

  16. Fred
    December 20th, 2012 at 11:30 | #16

    The quotes above that I checked were either unsourced, inaccurate, or deliberately quoted out of context to mislead. If you have to lie to make your point, you don’t really have one.

  17. COMALite J
    December 20th, 2012 at 21:18 | #17

    Fred, I made a similar point above, and explained why in particular George Washington couldn’t possibly have said #5.

  18. December 23rd, 2012 at 02:16 | #18

    Well, I wasnt there, but there are several sites that disagree with you. Here are several. A quick google search will turn up quite a few more.

    http://izquotes.com/quote/193681

    http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/george-washington-biography.html

    http://quotingquotes.com/81953/

    http://www.famousquotes123.com/george-washington-quotes.html

  19. December 23rd, 2012 at 16:28 | #19

    Love this! Keep up the great work in keeping Americans informed as to why they have freedom, and how to keep it.

  20. david
    December 26th, 2012 at 13:32 | #20

    too bad many of the quotes are false, and never been said..lol you wouldnt know that though, that would take education

  21. david
    December 26th, 2012 at 13:36 | #21

    Baily the Hitler quote is fake..lol it is called propaganda from gun nuts

  22. johann
    December 28th, 2012 at 10:20 | #22

    The “Hitler” Quote That Wouldn’t Die: “1935 Will Go Down In History!”

    “This year* will go down in history! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”

    Falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler, “Abschied vom Hessenland!” ["Farewell to Hessia!"], ['Berlin Daily' (Loose English Translation)], April 15th, 1935, Page 3 Article 2, Einleitung Von Eberhard Beckmann [Introduction by Eberhard Beckmann].

    This quotation, often seen without any date or citation at all, suffers from several credibility problems, the most significant of which is that the date given (*in alternate versions, the words “This year…” are replaced by “1935…” has no correlation with any legislative effort by the Nazis for gun registration, nor would there have been a need for the Nazis to pass such a law, since gun registration laws passed by the Weimar government were already in effect. The Nazi Weapons Law (or Waffengesetz) which further restricted the possession of militarily useful weapons and forbade trade in weapons without a government-issued license was passed on March 18, 1938.

    The citation usually given for this quote is a jumbled mess, and has only three major clues from which to work. The first is the date, which does not correspond (even approximately) to a date on which Hitler made a public speech, and a check of the texts of Hitler’s speeches does not reveal a quotation resembling this (which is easily understandable when you realize that “Hitler” is commenting on a non-existent law). The second clue is the newspaper reference, which if translated into German resembles the title of a newspaper called Berliner Tageblatt, and a check of the issue for that date reveals that the page and column references given are to the arts and culture page! No Hitler speech appears in the pages of Berliner Tageblatt on that date, or dates close to it, because there was no such speech to report.

    Finally, the citation includes a proper name “Eberhard Beckmann,” which is sometimes cited as “by Einleitung Von Eberhard Beckmann,” which is an important clue itself, because it reveals that the citation was fabricated by someone who had so little knowledge of the German language that they were unaware that “Einleitung” isn’t the fellow’s first name! The only “Eberhard Beckmann” which has been uncovered thus far did indeed write introductions, but he was a journalist for a German broadcasting company after WWII, and he wrote several introductions to photography books, one of which was photos of the German state of Hesse (or Hessia), which may be the source of the curious phrase “Abschied vom Hessenland!” which appears in the citation. This quotation, however effective it may be as propaganda, is a fraud.

  23. John Galt
    January 3rd, 2013 at 10:17 | #23

    There are a few bogus quotes here…#5, #101 are examples. But that does not take away from a great compilation of quotes that clearly illustrate that gun ownership is among our Natural Rights.

  24. Fact finder
    January 14th, 2013 at 18:32 | #24

    Many of these quotes are incomplete and do not fully represent what the original person had either said or meant. Like the #1 quote on this list by George Washington which is shown with 7 words, however the real quote taken from his first State of the Union address contained 49 words in the real sentence. The 7 word quote above is totally out of context. He used words like “disciplined” and “well-digested plan” as well as implying responsibility while noting the importance of being independent from the military. Use the quotes on this web page as fun, don’t quote them as fact….because they are not, many of them are incomplete. Thanks.

  25. Dave
    January 15th, 2013 at 15:11 | #25

    Ted Nugent for President!!!!!

  26. susan saver
    February 8th, 2013 at 05:30 | #26

    please check your sources, many things can be attributed to some one, however if you cant track back to original they are not quotes but propiganda.knowing that people will believe the outragious because it fits thier belief system is not informative.
    If someone wrote that ,say, john hancock, that all judicial posts had to be filled by crossdressing badgers; that would seem to be so stupid that no one would believe it. betcha there would be quite afollowing,espesially if the said badgers were aprpiatly armed.

  27. susan saver
    February 8th, 2013 at 14:29 | #27

    @yomamma
    really? arent you basing your views entirely on fake quotes? perhaps joe was limiting his opinion so that it would not overtax your ability to process.

  28. BLP
    February 12th, 2013 at 01:21 | #28

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”

    What exactley dont the liberals understand about those words?

    These profound words are non negotiable. It amazes me what this great nation of ours is slowly leaning to. We as a free society must look at history and learn from it. We as free citizens have the God given right to protect ourself, our families & our possessions.You are personally accountable for your actions, you and only you. When you blame others, you give up your power to change. I ask the free people of this nation to stand up to the liberal views. We must open our eyes to what is taking place, let us not progress to a socialist state, there will be no benifit from this as has been proven in the past. “You cannot give up a right granted to you by God!” The rights originally enumerated in the Declaration of Independence were: life, liberty and property. Lets us not loose sight of this.

    God bless to all
    BLP

  29. February 12th, 2013 at 17:42 | #29

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  30. rlc
    February 17th, 2013 at 14:10 | #30

    @BLP
    let just start with whats happened in the last 5 year mass ppl getting killed by gun each time higher death rates not by criminals but by people who are buying gun and not securing them properly i mean most of these quotes are 250 years old or close to it, do i say eliminate gun no ,but at the same time wake up from the coma your are in no home need a machine gun or automatic weapon keep your rifle,handgun i dont have a problem with that i have a problem with the carelessness people that own guns have

  31. BLP
    February 17th, 2013 at 18:23 | #31

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”

    This statement of our Declaration of Independence does not say we must have NEED to own any particular type of firearm. It says we have the right to keep and bear arms, period. If you want to own a 20 gauge shotgun or a 308 “black gun” that is your choice as stated in the Declaration of Independence.

    It amazes me that there is a segment of our society that wants to infringe upon my right to own firearms and the ammount of ammunition I can use. I will decided for myself what type of firearms and how many rounds I feel comfortable with to protect myself, my family and my belongings.

    Police Protection is a figure of speech. Police do not protect you from crime. Free citizens must protect themselves.”When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.” The police only investigate a crime after it has been committed. If these liberals want to outlaw firearms because they claim they cause crime are they also going to outlaw matches because they can cause arson?

    I quote Mr Jeff Cooper “One cannot legislate the maniacs off the street… these maniacs can only be shut down by an armed citizenry. Indeed bad things can happen in nations where the citizenry is armed, but not as bad as those which seem to be threatening our disarmed citizenry in this country at this time. The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”

    How so true those profound words are, if one slows down and reads those words and comprehend what they are saying it will be then that “you get it”

    I feel terrible for the mass shootings that have taken place and pray for the families and friends involved, outlawing firearms will not resolve the problem no more then outlawing drugs will resolve that problem.

    God bless to all

  32. I’m not a robot
    April 2nd, 2013 at 11:11 | #32

    @Joe
    he is very stupid sir

  33. I’m not a robot
    April 2nd, 2013 at 11:24 | #33

    ‘don’t eat the yellow snow”

  34. I’m not a robot
    April 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 | #34

    why do you not love me