regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state,
2nd Amend Secures an Individual Right
Scholarship on Right to Arms
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Right to Keep
and Bear Arms
Keep & Bear Arms
Here are statements of several states when they ratified the Constitution and requested a Bill of Rights: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated militia, including the body of the people CAPABLE of BEARING ARMS, is the proper, natural and safe defence of a free state.”
The Second Amendment recognizes
the *right* to bear arms. This guarantee is clearly a fundamental *individual* right
not a so-called “collective right,” because the Framers of the Constitution
understood the concept of a “right” to apply only to individuals and used the
word “States” when collective meanings were intended.
The Second Amendment aint about Duck Hunting !
The idea of self-defense has one of the oldest pedigrees in written law. In 450 BC, when the Romans set out their core legal principles in what ultimately were known as the Twelve Tables, included was the belief that an attack on property constituted a personal attack on its owner; the head of a household was legally excused from penalty in defending his person, his family members, as well as possessions.
“The Bill of Rights in the US Constitution was
included for one purpose only:
To protect the rights of “We the People”
(that’s you and me) from governmental abuse. Our forefathers declared that
these fundamental rights are inalienable (meaning that they are granted by God)
and promising that government shall make no law abridging these fundamental
rights. The leaders of this early confederation of states (the original
thirteen colonies) were very mistrustful of big government (and with good
cause). Therefore, the leaders of the original states would not agree to ratify
this new Constitution without first amending the Constitution to including a
Bill of Rights, so as to guarantee that the government would respect these
Rights of the People forever.”
– Phil Greer
“Your Home is Your Castle. ”
The “Castle Doctrine” holds that you have no duty to retreat when accosted in your own home.
“Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let us go out,’ and while they were
in open country,
Cain set upon his brother Abel and killed him.”
“A free people ought to be armed. Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.
They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.”
– George Washington
“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the
people fear the governments there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the
people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
government. What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time
to time that its people preserve the right to resistance? Let them take arms. The tree of
liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms are in the physical. “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
“When a nation’s government becomes more fearful of its citizens’ rights than protective of them, that nation’s future is only despotism and extinction.
“It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.
“That government is best which governs least.”
“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
“Our fathers brought forth on this continent
a new nation conceived in liberty
and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
“This nation under GOD shall have a new birth of freedom
that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this Earth.”
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg
“Guard with jealous
attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately,
nothing will preserve freedom but downright force. Whenever you give up that force you are
inevitably ruined. I speak for adoption of the Second Amendment, the great object is, that
every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun. Are we at last brought to such a
humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own
defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in our own possession and under
our own direction, and having them under the management of congress? If our defence
be the Real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with
more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?
“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. The most iniquitous plots may be carried on against their liberty and happiness.
The great and direct end of government is liberty. Secure our liberty and privileges, and the end of government is answered. If this be not effectually done, government is evil.”
Patrick Henry, 1788
“These amendments relate
first to individual rights.
Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army,
an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.”
James Madison, introducing the Bill of Rights
*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. Besides, the advantage of being armed forms a
barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple
government of any form can admit of. The governments of Europe are afraid to trust the
people with arms. If they did, the people would certainly shake off the yoke of tyranny, as America did.”
James Madison, Federalist No. 46
“If circumstances should at
any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be
formidable to the liberty of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little
if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 29
“A militia, when
properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable
of bearing arms. The
constitution ought to secure a genuine militia and guard against a select militia, by
providing that the militia shall always be kept well organized, armed, disciplined, and
include all men capable of bearing arms. To preserve liberty it is essential that the
whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike how to use them.”
Richard Henry Lee, 1788
“Arms discourage and keep
the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order as well as property. Horrid mischief
would ensue were the law abiding deprived the use of them. A wellregulated Militia,
composed of the body of the People, trained to Arms, is the proper, natural, and safe Defence of a free state.”
Thomas Paine, 1775
“The militia are in fact the
effective part of the people at large. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves?
Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible
implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American.”
Tench Coxe, 1788
“The Constitution shall be
never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the
rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable
citizens, from keeping their own arms.
“It is a very improbable supposition, that any people can long remain free, with a strong military power in the very heart of their country; Unless that military power is under the direction of the people, and even then it is dangerous. History, both ancient and modern, affords many instances of the overthrow of states and kingdoms by the power of soldiers, who were raisd and maintaind at first, under the plausible pretense of defending those very liberties which they afterwards destroyed. Even publick Bodies of men legally constituted are too prone to covet more Power that the Publick hath judgd it safe to entrust them with.
“The loss of a single liberty is the first step toward enslavement.”
“I ask, sir, what is the
militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effective way
to enslave them. The people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a wellregulated
militia, composed of the body of the people trained to arms, is the proper, natural and
safe defence of a free state.
The government is the source of the most arbitrary and despotic powers this day on earth.
We wish to shut the door against corruption in that place where it is most dangerous —
to secure against the corruption of our own representatives.”
George Mason, 1788
“Congress may give us a select militia which will, in
fact, be a standing army —
or Congress, afraid of a general militia, may say there shall be no militia at all.
When a select militia is formed; the people in general may be disarmed.”
– John Smilie
“Power belongs originally to the people; but if rulers be not well guarded, that power may be usurped from them.
We know that private interest governs mankind generally.
Let us beware of the iron glove of tyranny. Power is generally taken from the people by imposing on their understanding, or by fetters.”
– William Goudy, 1788
“They that give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
“Don’t you meddle with old unloaded firearms. They are the most deadly and unerring things that have ever been created by man. A youth who can’t hit a cathedral at thirty yards with a Gattling gun in three-quarters of an hour can take up an old empty musket and bag his grandmother every time at a hundred.”
“It is asserted by the most
respectable writers upon government, that a well regulated militia, composed of the
yeomanry of the country, have ever been considered as the bulwark of a free people.
Tyrants have never placed any confidence on a militia composed of freemen.”
“Before a standing army can
rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. 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, Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
“If a Government endeavours to grasp themselves . . . an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people;
by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into
their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who
have a right to resume their original liberty.”
“The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the
right of the people at large or considered as individuals. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently,
no majority has a right to deprive them of.”
Albert Gallatin, 1789
“The Rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people.”
Fisher Ames, 1789
“Look at history, which has been so
often quoted. Look at the great volume of human nature. They will foretell you
that a defenceless country cannot be secure. The nature of man forbids us
to conclude that we are in no danger from war,
The passions of men stimulate them to avail themselves of the weakness of others.”
John Marshall, 1788
“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic?
The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.”
Alexander Hamilton, Essay in American Daily Advertiser, 1794
“When the strong man,
fully armed, guards his courtyard, his property is undisturbed.
“He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”
Jesus Christ ( Luke 11:21, :36 Luke 22:36-38; John 15:13 )
“If someone comes to kill you, rise quickly and kill him.”
Talmud, ( Vol. 2, 72a. )
“David said to his men, ‘Every man gird on his sword.’ So every man girded on his sword,
David also girded on his sword”
– 1 Sam 25:13
“If the thief is found breaking in, and he
is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.”
“A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.”
– Proverbs 25:26
“If someone has a weapon and is trying to kill you, it would be
reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”
“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.”
defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for
another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State. Unfortunately, it
happens that the need to render the aggressor incapable of causing harm
sometimes involves taking his life. In this case, the fatal outcome is
attributable to the aggressor whose actions brought it about, even though he may
not be morally responsible because of a lack of the use of reason.
“The inalienable dignity of every human being and the rights which flow from that dignity - in the first place the right to life and the defense of life - are at the heart of the church's message.”
Pope John Paul II, 1995 Evangelium Vitae
You may not believe in God. But if a vicious burglar, possibly high on drugs, breaks into your home:
You’re going to call someone with a gun.
Pray they get there in time.
It’s your choice.
You may not believe in guns.
It’s your choice.
But if a vicious burglar, possibly high on drugs, breaks into your home:
You’re going to call someone with a gun.
Pray they get there in time.
“Those who rebuilt the gates and walls of Jerusalem, and those who carried burdens loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.
Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built.”
“Every gun that is made,
every warship launched,
every missile fired,
signifies, in a final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
From those who are cold and are not clothed.”
Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Since the general civilization
of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom
of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by
violent and sudden usurpations; but, on a candid examination of history, we
shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority
trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions,
which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other cause, produced
despotism. If we go over the whole history of ancient and modern republics, we
shall find their destruction to have generally resulted from those causes.”
Pres James Madison, 1788
“I cannot bring myself to depict the humiliation to which this Government and people might be sooner or later reduced, if
the means for defending their rights are to be made dependant upon those who may have the most powerful of motives to impair them.”
Pres Martin Van Buren, 1839
“Self-preservation is the first law of nature, and has been implanted in the heart of man by his Creator, for the wisest purpose; and no political union, however fraught with blessings and benefits in all other respects, can long continue, if the necessary consequence be to render the homes and the firesides of nearly half the parties to it habitually and hopelessly insecure.”
Pres James Buchanan, 1860
“Don’t interfere with
anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only
safeguard of our liberties.”
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,
and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain 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 or overthrow it.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside.
“If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
“This country, with its’ institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it, “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.” Pres Abraham Lincoln
“It may be safely assumed, as an axiom in the government of States, that
the greatest wrongs inflicted upon a people are caused by unjust and arbitrary legislation, or by the unrelenting decrees of despotic rulers, and that the timely revocation of injurious and oppressive measures is the greatest good that can be conferred upon a nation. The legislator or ruler who has the wisdom and magnanimity to retrace his steps, when convinced of error, will sooner or later be rewarded with the respect and gratitude of an intelligent and patriotic people.”
Pres Andrew Johnson, 1868
“The history of liberty is a
history of the limitation of government power.”
Pres Woodrow Wilson
“I have little patience with people who take the Bill of Rights for granted.
The Bill of Rights, contained in the first ten amendments to the Constitution,
is every American’s guarantee of freedom.
“If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.”
– Pres Harry S. Truman
“I believe in punishing only those who commit crimes. I am
unalterably opposed to the federal registration of guns or the licensing of gun owners. It
has been my longheld belief that these measures would be futile in attempting to
stop the criminal. Instead they would treat lawabiding citizens as potential
criminals. Those who intend to use guns for criminal purposes will never conform to legal
requirements of any sort. In short, it is my intention to preserve for future generations
the timehonored traditional freedoms that we and our forefathers have enjoyed
throughout our two hundred year history.”
Pres Gerald Ford
“As long as there are guns, the
wants a gun for crime is going to get it and have one. The only person
who’s going to be penalized and have difficulty is the law-abiding citizen,
who then cannot have a weapon for home protection.
“We will never disarm any American who seeks to protect his or her family from fear and harm.
“Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed;
they are armed because they mistrust each other.”
Pres Ronald Reagan
should always be free to own guns and protect their homes.
“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.”
“We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.”
Pres Bill Clinton, discussing his opposition to the National Rifle Association.
see also: The Meaning of the Word: “IS”
“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words,
you can control the people who must use the words.”
Philip K. Dick
“The right of the citizens
to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more
safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which
historically has proved to be always possible.”
VP Hubert Humphrey
“We’ve had enough Boobs in the White House.”
Dolly Parton, When asked if she would consider running for President
“The Constitution does not create the right to keep and bear arms at all,
but merely recognizes a preexisting commonlaw and natural Right.”
Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, citing
( U. S. v. Cruikshank, Robertson v. Baldwin, U. S. v. Miller )
“The right of the people to
keep and bear arms is not a right granted by the Constitution.
Neither is it in any manner
dependent upon that instrument for its existence.
The Second Amendment declares that it
shall not be infringed,
it shall not be infringed by Congress.”
Supreme Court Chief Justice Woods
attributed to the term Militia appears from the delegates in the convention,
the history and legislation of colonies and states, and the writings of approved
commentators. These show plainly enough that the militia comprised all males physically
capable of acting in concert for the common defense. A body of citizens enrolled for
military discipline. And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men
were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use
at the time.”
Supreme Court Justice McReynolds
“It would be strange to find in the midst of a catalog of the
rights of individuals a provision securing to the states the right to maintain a
designated Militia. Dispassionate
scholarship suggests quite strongly that the right of the people to keep and bear arms
means just that.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
“Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their
liberties by evilminded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk
in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, wellmeaning but
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
“History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times
when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.”
Justice Thurgood Marshall, Skinner v. Railway Labor Executives Assn. 1989
“The Second Amendment protects the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. ‘The people’ unambiguously
refers to all members of the political community. The inherent right of
self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right. The handgun
ban amounts to a prohibition of an entire class of
‘arms’ that is overwhelmingly chosen by American Society for that lawful purpose.
“The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
Supreme Court ( District of Columbia vs. Heller )
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did,
and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out
the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon
them; and these will continue till they have resisted with words or blows,
or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.”
Justice Frederick Douglas
“The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign
invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic Usurpation of Power by rulers.
The Right of the Citizens to Keep and Bear Arms has JUSTLY been considered, as
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 Enable the People to Resist and Triumph over Them.”
– Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, 1833.
“Ours is a sick profession. A profession marked by incompetence, lack of training, misconduct, and bad manners. Ineptness, bungling, malpractice, and bad ethics can be observed in court houses all over this country every day.”
Chief Justice Warren Burger
“The prosecutor will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted. With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone. In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or
putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him. It is in this realm in which the
prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the
greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the
real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views, or being personally obnoxious to, or in the way of, the prosecutor himself.”
Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson
“I always turn to the sports page first.
The sports page records people’s accomplishments;
the front page nothing but man’s failures.”
Chief Justice Earl Warren
“Convicted felons can neither be forced to register their guns, nor be prosecuted for failing to register, because to do so would violate their Fifth Amendment Rights against self-incrimination.”
U. S. Supreme Court, ( Haynes vs. US, 1968 )
“There is no constitutional right to be protected by the state (or Federal) against being murdered by criminals or madmen. It is monstrous if the state fails to protect its residents against such predators but it does not violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, or, we suppose, any other provision of the Constitution.
The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: it tells the state (gov’t) to let people alone; it does not require the federal government or the state to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order.”
– (Bowers v. DeVito, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 686F.2d 616 ).
“Nothing was further from the minds of the Framers of the Constitution, than that the supreme Court should ever make the Supreme Law of the Land.”
Chief Justice Marlin T. Phelps, Arizona Supreme Court
“The Second Amendment secures a personal right of individuals, not a
collective right that may only be invoked by a State or a quasi-collective right
restricted to those persons who serve in organized militia units.”
Dept of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel
“The entire philosophy behind the Bill of Rights is that we don’t trust government on its own say-so.
We have a system of checks and balances to make sure abuses are kept to an absolute minimum.”
Timothy Lynch, Director of the Criminal Justice Project, Cato Institute
“State disarmament of citizens frequently served to enable one social or economic class to suppress another, as witness Charles II’s disarming of Protestant subjects in England. The common law tradition, as Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England articulates it, favored the citizen’s right to possess and carry arms for both collective defense and individual self-defense.
The Founding Fathers had learned a painful lesson in how entrenched states may assault the liberty of disarmed citizens during the Revolutionary War. The British Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, General Gage, sought to
hamstring armed protest and the formation of the rebel’s citizen militia by his attempts to disarm the colonists and confiscate their magazines of arms.
“If either federal or state government invaded private rights, The Federalist No. 28 argued for the deterrent of an armed people. Private individuals were entitled to bear arms even apart from membership in the militia.
Chief Justice Earl Warren has noted how much the Revolutionary War was a protest against government standing armies and was largely fought by a civilian army, the militia.”
Leonard P. Liggio, Literature of Liberty: Review of Contemporary Liberal Thought, Cato Institute
“The argument that today’s National Guardsmen, members of a select
militia, would constitute the only persons entitled to keep and bear
arms has no historical foundation.”
Joyce Lee Malcolm, Harvard Law and NEH Fellow, To Keep and Bear Arms, Harvard University Press 1994
liberals wish to disarm us so they can run their evil and oppressive agenda on us.
The fight against crime is just a convenient excuse to further their agenda.
I don’t know about you, but if you hear that Williams’ guns have been taken, you’ll know Williams is dead.”
Walter Williams, Professor of Economics, George Mason University.
“John Adams was deadly serious when he remarked,
‘I have come to the conclusion that: one useless man is a disgrace,
two useless men are called a Law Firm,
three or more are called a Congress.
Nine are called a Supreme Court.’ ”
‘I have come to the conclusion that:
one useless man is a disgrace,
two useless men are called a Law Firm,
three or more are called a Congress.
Nine are called a Supreme Court.’ ”
“The development of an
oligarchy into a democracy requires that the common people be armed.”
Plato, The Republic
“Indeed, gentlemen, there
exists a law, not written down anywhere but inborn in our hearts; a law which comes to us
not by training or custom or reading but by derivation and absorption and adoption from
nature itself; a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice, not by
instruction but by natural intuition. I refer to the law which lays it down that,
if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every
method of protecting ourselves is morally right.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
“War does *Not* determine
who is *Right,*
War determines who is *Left.*
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.”
Confucius [ K'ung Fu Tze ]
“Any excuse will serve a tyrant.”
“Both the Oligarch and Tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms.
It is also in the interests of a tyrant to keep his people poor, so that they may not be able to afford the cost of protecting themselves by arms and be so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for rebellion. Tyranny derives from the oligarchy’s mistrust of the people; hence they deprive them of arms, ill-treat the lower class, and keep them from residing in the capital. These are common to oligarchy and tyranny.
“Those, who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. Thus, there are no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people.”
“The laws allow arms to be
taken against an armed foe.”
“Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find
also the greatest injustice.”
“Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.”
– Æschylus, Agamemnon, I, 1364
“Laws are like spider webs. If some poor weak creature comes up against them it is caught.
But the bigger one can break through and get away.”
– Solon, sixth century B.C.
“As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.”
“To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire,
and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.”
– Tacitus, c. 55-120 A.D.
“Peace without justice is tyranny.”
– Old Chinese proverb
“A weapon which you don’t have in your hand won’t kill a snake”
“Private Citizens bearing their own arms constitute the
regular and wellordered militia without which people cannot live in security. But when you disarm them, you commence to offend
them and show that you distrust them.
“Rome and Sparta were for many centuries well armed and free. The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom. Rome remained free for four hundred years and Sparta eight hundred, although their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost their liberties in less than forty years.”
“Before all else, be armed.”
“One who would disobey laws
against murder would surely disobey laws against carrying arms. Disarming a potential
victim of murder may be capital punishment of the victim, a form of cruel and unusual
punishment far worse than that inflicted upon the offender.”
“A covenant not to defend my selfe from force, is always voyd.” Thomas Hobbes
“A fear of weapons is a sign
of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.”
Sigmund Freud, Introduction to Psychoanalysis
“The deprivation of the right to bear arms is a requisite for conquest.”
“Of each particular thing ask:
What is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?”
(As applied to the typical
“gun control” politician)
What is it in itself?
What is its nature?
HUNGERING for more POWER.
What does he do?
Effect domination of the sheeple by use of
misinformation and downright lies.
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus,
“Men are not hanged for
stealing horses, but that horses not be stolen.”
“Ammunition beats persuasion
when you are Looking for Freedom.
“America died from a delusion She had Moral Leadership.”
“No man’s life, liberty, or
property is safe while the legislature is in session.
My kind of loyalty is loyalty to one’s country,
not to its institutions or its officeholders.”
Mark Twain 1866
“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money
as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.”
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics
doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!”
– Pericles 430 B.C.
“GOD grants liberty only to those who love it and always stand
ready to guard and defend it.”
“The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to
have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms or other types of
arms. The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes
and dues, and tends to permit uprising.”
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Shogun, 1558
“It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for
This is the usual form in which the classes exhibit their tyranny.”
James Fenimore Cooper
“In these modern times, many men are wounded
for not having weapons or knowledge of their use.”
– Achille Marozzo, 1536
tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men.”
– Lord Acton, Letter to Bishop Creighton, 1887
“Of all tyrannies,
sincerely exercised for the good of its victims is the most oppressive.
It may be better
to live under robber barons than omnipotent moral busybodies.
barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated;
but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end,
for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
C. S. Lewis
“There are none so enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.
“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The tree of liberty only grows when watered by the blood of tyrants.”
Bertrand Barère 1792
they will have no one to resist the abuses of themselves,
and tyranny will prevail.”
“We may acquire liberty, but
it is never recovered if it is once lost.”
“Eternal vigilance is the
price of liberty.”
“For we may not think ever to keep that people in subjection which hath always lived in liberty, if they be not disarmed.”
Jean Bodin, Six Books of a Commonweale, 1606
“Those rights, then, which
God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal laws to be inviolate. On the contrary,
no human legislature has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture.”
Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765)
“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty.
The Right of self-defense is the First Law of Nature.”
St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries, 1803
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves.”
– British Prime Minister William Pitt, late 1700s.
“The Novatian peasants, animated by despair and religious fury, boldly encountered the invaders of their country; and, though many of the Paphlagonians were slain, the
Roman Legions were vanquished by an irregular multitude, armed only with scythes and axes; and, except a few who escaped by an ignominious flight,
four thousand soldiers were left dead on the field of battle.”
Edward Gibbon, “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”
“Every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his. The great and chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government,
is the Preservation of their Property.”
John Locke, Late 1600s; Treatise Concerning Civil Government
“The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He who has nothing, and belongs to another, must be defended by him, and needs no arms:
but he who thinks he is his own master, and has anything he may call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself and what he possesses, or else he lives precariously and at discretion. And though for a while those who have the sword in their power abstain from doing him injury; yet, by degrees, he will be awed into submission to every arbitrary command. Our ancestors, by being always armed, and frequently in action, defended themselves against the Romans, Danes and English; and maintained their liberty against encroachments of their own princes.”
Andrew Fletcher, A Discourse of Government Militias in Political Works, 1749
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
“I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country.
I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom,
a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.
“All true democrats must stand guard,
lest the old class tyranny of the right be replaced by a new class tyranny of the left.”
NB. This has already happened. see: “Political Correctness”
“Any one who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Federal Government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian.”
Zachariah Johnson, 1788
I *Never* Saw an American Flag Burned at a Gun Show.
I *Never* Heard of a Terrorist Attacking a Gun Show.
“The Second Amendment is the Statute of Liberty.
“Weapons are the tools of power.
In the hands of the state, they can be the tools of Decency.
In the hands of criminals, they are the tools of Evil.
In the hands of the free and decent citizen, they are the tools of Liberty.
Weapons compound man’s ability to achieve whatever purpose he may have.
They amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad,
and to exactly the same degree, having no will of their own.
Thus we must regard them as servants, not masters and good servants of good men.
Without them man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened.
An unarmed man can only flee from evil,
and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.
“Remember the first rule of gunfighting . . . have a gun.”
Col. Jeff Cooper
“An Armed Society is a Polite Society.
“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor,
and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst.
Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“Guns do not make you a killer. Killing makes you a killer.
You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.”
“Gun Control Laws are like
its tough to find one that is working.”
“The government was set to protect man from criminals,
The Constitution was written to protect man from the government.”
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”
“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other
peoples money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other peoples freedom and security.”
William F. Buckley
“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.
Its quicker to pull your Smith & Wesson than to dial 911 if youre being robbed.”
Lowell Duckett, Special Assistant to D.C. Police Chief
“Since 1976, its been illegal in Washington, D.C. to own any
handguns or to keep any type of gun fully assembled in your home. Nevertheless,
Washington, D.C., has one of the highest murder rates in the nation. New York City has had a
virtual ban on firearms since 1967, yet it also ranks among the most dangerous places
in the country to live.
In both New York and Washington, violent criminals can easily obtain machine guns and other deadly weapons on the streets within minutes. Why does increased violence go hand-in-hand with gun control laws? The reason is that disarmed people make easy targets.”
“Police Veterans who train police for confronting ‘Active Killers’
that attack innocent people in *supposedly* gun free zones have confirmed that
many mass murders have occurred
in places where guns are prohibited, either by law or institutional policies.
Someone who’s intent on committing mass murder isn’t
going to be deterred by a sign that tells them they can’t
have a gun.
The facts point to the active shooters ignoring gun prohibitions,
even selecting those locations because they are where no resistance will be found.
Brendan Keefe, reporter, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati
“Antigun advocates have always faced an uphill battle in this country.
Americans have, to begin with, a
constitutionally guaranteed right to gun ownership. Today, half of
American households exercise this right, owning a total of about 250 million guns;
and over 99 percent of those
households do so in a responsible manner. To fight for
major restrictions on an item that plays such a valued part in the lives of so many people looks
like a nearly impossible task. So if youre really committed to the
effort, and you want to win, what do you do?
Simple: You lie .”
“A Lie told often enough becomes the Truth.”
“No amount of lies make something a fact.”
“You are entitled to your opinions,
but not to your own facts.”
Sen. Daniel Moyniham
“I carry a gun all the time. I dont carry
that gun just because I have a badge.
I carry a gun all the time because I am aware of what kind of world we live in.”
Evan Marshall, Detroit Police Officer
“It is sobering to 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
Charles A. Beard
“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.”
“I am scared of empty guns and keep mine loaded at all times.
The family knows the guns are loaded and treats them with respect.
Loaded guns cause few accidents; empty guns kill people every year.”
Elmer Keith, 1961
“They’ll have to shoot me first to take my gun.”
– Roy Rogers
“A Gun Is a Tool.”
“All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.”
“An armed America is a strong America. To be a good
American you need to shoot well,
observe the laws and take your family shooting & hunting.
Guns are the American Way.”
Herb Parsons, exhibition shooter
“Gun control is too often the refuge of scoundrels in our government who have pretended to be helpless while millions of jobs slipped away, the public education system fell apart and affordable housing and social programs in the cities became a dangerous joke.
The political talk about gun control and fighting crime has become a smoke screen for avoiding the
failure of this society to cut in a significant portion of its citizens on the essential action.
Crime is the only inner-city jobs program left that still works.”
– Robert Scheer
“Self-defense is the
clearest of all laws, and for this reason:
Lawyers didn’t make it.”
– Douglas William Jerrold
“During these last five centuries of modern warring, of which the twentieth century is already the most murderous era, the
nation-state has developed into the most demonic and destructive force of all.
Not just the monstrous and dehumanizing acts of totalitarian governments, but also the illegal acts of legitimate governments have become a grievous burden to men and women of conscience.
Indeed, the worst curse of the age has become the pattern of illegality and injustice of which the modern nation-states are the chief instruments.”
– Franklin H. Littell
“Amereica now looks like the most dangerous
country in the World. Other Countries feel that, at any
moment, America may intervene in their internal affairs with the same
consequences as have followed from American Intervention in SouthEast Asia.
Interference in the internal affairs of one nation by another is an
unpardonable violation of Internal Law and Custom.”
– Arnold Toynbee, British Historian
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the
Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.
There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.
They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
– Daniel Webster
“In every age it has been the Tyrant, the Oppressor and the
Exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, of religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”
– Eugene V. Debs, American labor activist
“RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved. Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this Earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.”
– Walt Whitman
“American democracy is little more than a choice
between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
– Helen Keller
“At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time?
Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms?
At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?
“Abuse of power isn’t limited to bad guys in other nations.
It happens in our own country if we’re not vigilant.”
“Now, if you want a more
recent event, take a look at what they did in Waco, TX. Is that a defensible event?
Scores of Americans were killed because of ineptitude and crass misbehavior of the BATF acting under legal process, as they said, and that the whole matter is going to be suppressed.”
US Rep. John D. Dingell
is coming to the streets of America and if you are not keeping and bearing and
practicing with your arms then you will be helpless and you will be the victim
“I knew one thing:
As soon as anyone says you don’t need a gun,
you’d better take one along that worked.”
– Raymond Chandler
“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the
law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim
— when he defends himself — as a criminal.”
Frederic Bastiat, “The Law”
“The Only Thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with with a gun.
The only thing ‘Gun Free’ zones do is guarantee defenseless victims.”
Wayne LaPierre, NRA
“Gun-control advocates tell us that removing guns from
society makes us safer. But that is simply an impossibility. The fact is that
firearm technology exists. It cannot be uninvented. As long as there is
metalworking and welding capability, it matters not what gun laws are imposed
upon law-abiding people. Those who wish to have guns, and disregard the law,
will have guns.
Paradoxically, gun control clears a path for violence and makes aggression more likely, whether the aggressor is a terrorist or a government. I don’t really believe ‘gun-free’ zones make any difference. If they did, why do the worst shootings consistently happen in gun-free zones such as schools? While accidents do happen, aggressive, terroristic shootings like this are unheard of at gun and knife shows, the antithesis of a gun-free zone. It bears repeating that an armed society truly is a polite society.
Even if you don’t like guns and don’t want to own them, you benefit from those who do.”
Ron Paul, congressman
“An armed citizenry is one way to effectively confront terrorists bent on carrying out massacres at soft targets. If it was Texas, would terrorists be able to spend hours shooting people randomly?”
Ronald Noble, Interpol General Secretary & former undersecretary of enforcement in BATFE under Pres Clinton
“An Informed Public Is the Cornerstone of a Democratic Society.”
Cecil Adams, Chicago Reader
“Being stripped of your Constitutional Right to defend yourself
makes you more ‘safe,’ according to the government —
you live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.”
“The fight for freedom and
liberty never ends, those who are seeking power and authority over us are always
working to gain more power and influence and to take away liberty and freedom.”
“To equate defenselessness with safety is ludicrous. The idea that no one is to be trusted
and that everyone is a suspect is a symptom of the worst of tyrannies.”
“The second amendment is
not a privilege. It’s a freakin’ right.”
“Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence,
they are the last people to suspect that they don't know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields.
“The downside is people with huge egos and the know-it-alls who clearly know nothing.”
“Retreat, retrenchment, and disarmament are historically a recipe for disaster.”
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of Defense Intelligence Agency
“We don’t need gun control, we need crime control.”
John Boch, Director of “Guns Save Life”
“To make inexpensive guns impossible to get is to say that
you’re putting a money test on getting a gun.
It’s racism in its worst form.”
– Roy Innis, National Chairman of Congress of Racial Equality
Expansion of Federal Powers:
“We get constant exposure to the right wing socialist slimeballs that want the government to tax me, then spend *my money* to take away more of *my freedoms* in the pursuit of some nebulous ‘greater good’.
It is laughable to hope that people for whom murder is a standard business practice will go present themselves to the local police chief to get fingerprinted, and pay $ 200 for the privilege.
It is ludicrous to think that putting legal restrictions on firearms will reduce their availability to those people whose entire livelihood involves finding, buying, transporting, selling, and delivering stolen illegal goods.”
– John Ross, “Unintended Consequences”
“The Second Amendment was written by patriots who successfully rebelled against tyranny.”
– Lynn Thompson, Cold Steel Knives
“If you want to know what’s going on,
Follow the Money.”
– Gov Jesse Ventura
“Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!
Ban guns !!
Banning Alcohol, Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, Crack & Marijuana
works so well. A ban on “assault weapons” is simply an ineffective band-aid
to make it look like politicians give a shit!
“Because nothing -
nothing - is as important to an incumbent Member of the U.S. House or Senate
( who is not planning to retire )
as continuing to be an incumbent Member of the U.S. House or Senate”.
– Rich Galen, Mullings
Republicans are Red Democrats are Blue None of Them Give a Shit About YOU
“Outside of the killings in
Washington, D.C., we have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation.”
Marion Barry, ( former crack smoking indicted mayor of Washington, D.C. )
“I dont care about crime, I just want to get the guns.
No, were not looking at how to control criminals . . .
were talking about banning the AK-47 and semi-automatic guns.
Until we can ban all of the firearms, then we might as well ban none.”
Sen. Howard Metzenbaum
“We’re here to tell the
NRA their nightmare is true!
We’re going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy.
We’re going to beat guns into submission.”
Sen. Charles Schumer
“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 them all in, I would have done it.
Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of Americans to feel safe.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
“If someone is so fearful that
they’re going to start using their weapons to protect their rights,
it makes me very nervous that these people have these weapons at all!”
Rep. Henry A. Waxman
“With a 10,000% tax, we could tax guns out of existence.”
– Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“I do not believe in people owning guns. Guns should be owned only by police
I am going to do everything I can to disarm this state.”
– Michael Dukakis, Gov of Massachusetts
“The banned Assault Weapons were never used in more that 0.01% of all gun murders,
but more than 30% of murders are committed without any kind of firearm whatsoever.”
Congressional Study of 1994 Assault Weapons Ban
“When we achieved, and the new world dawned, the old men came out again and took
our victory to re-make in the likeness of the former world they knew … We
stammered that we had worked for a new heaven and a new earth, and they thanked
us kindly and made their peace.”
– T. E. Lawrence, of Arabia
“Meet the New
Boss, Same as the Old Boss.”
– The Who
“I believe that Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power.
You cannot trust people in power.”
– James Comey, FBI Director, interview with “60 Minutes”
“If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”
– Winston Churchill
“There is a Nazi potential in every country.”
German Chancellor Willy Brandt
“That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass,
and I’m just the one to do it.”
– Texas Congressional Candidate.
“What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?”
The Shadow ( knows )
“You can tell a lot about a National Government by its trust
or distrust of Law-Abiding Armed Citizens.”
– Guns and Ammo
“Off With Their Heads !!”
– Queen of Hearts, Alice in WonderLand
“Elections are when people find out what politicians stand for
and politicians find out what the people will fall for.”
– Alfred E. Neuman
Go Green - Recycle Congress!!
“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.
They cannot do so, even after a century and a half of trying.”
– Sen. Orrin Hatch
“The Political Left in our country seeks to reach down the hand of Government and move people up the economic ladder. This attempt is almost always driven by Noble Intentions. And yet
it Never, Ever Works.
Conservatives, in contrast, understand from experience that the only way to help people climb the economic ladder is to provide them the Opportunity to pull themselves up, one rung at a time.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
“Politics has a lot to do with temptation, because
it has to do with power.
People are attracted to the power.
Ambition is like a loose cannon — it can be dangerous.”
– Stanley Renshon, Psychoanalysis and Political Science Professor, CUNY
“Of the over 100,000 wildfires that happen in the U.S. each year,
not a single one would get started without the fire triangle:
Oxygen, heat and fuel. Fire needs all three to exist.
It’s like the three branches of our government:
Legislative, Judicial and Executive.
The fewer there are, the safer we are.”
– Stephen Colbert
“If you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
– Milton Friedman
“Those who like sausages and respect the law would lose all
appetite and respect for either if they saw how they were made.”
“Do we really think that a government-dominated education
is going to produce citizens capable of dominating their government,
as the education of a truly vigilant self-governing people requires?”
– Alan Keyes
“I never let schooling interfere with my education.”
– Mark Twain
Things I never learned in high school:
“When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state . . .
this violates a fundamental rule of happy living:
Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people.”
P. J. O’Rourke, US humorist, journalist, & political commentator
“Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election
by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed —
and hence clamorous to be led to safety —
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
– H. L. Mencken
“It is truly absurd that a person can get 50 to 100 high
powered military arms, grenade launchers, fragmentation grenades,
and anti-tank rockets from a gun dealer in the U. S. and transport this cargo to our country.”
Eduardo Medina Moros, Attorney General, Mexico
“Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States
— is going to take time.
The first problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered, and the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns, and all handgun ammunition totally illegal.”
Nelson T Shields, Founding Chair of HCI
“After a shooting tragedy, they always want to take the guns
away from the people who didn’t do it.
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
“Political Language is
designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,
and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
“If Liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.”
“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”
– Otto von Bismarck
“The more you read and observe
about this Politics thing, you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the
The one that’s out always looks the best.
“There is no credit to being a comedian, when you have the whole Government working for you.
All you have to do is report the facts. I don’t even have to exaggerate.”
– Will Rogers
“There are three kinds of Lies:
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics.”
– Mark Twain
“Never attribute to malice
that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
– Hanlon’s razor
“I am very concerned about government spending and
government intrusion in our personal and business lives.
I love this country.
It’s the government that scares the shit out of me!”
“We Have Met the Enemy,
and He Is Us.”
"Your Hands Are Defiled with Blood,
Your Fingers with Iniquity,
Your Lips Have Spoken Falsehood,
Your Tongue Mutters Wickedness.”
– Isaiah 59:3
“The rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine. Propaganda
must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitious.
The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly.
It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public
– Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister
“In the bureaucracy, the identity of state interest and particular private aim is
established in such a way that the state interest becomes a particular private aim over against other private aims. The bureaucracy takes itself to be the ultimate purpose of the state.
“The bureaucracy is a circle from which one cannot escape. Its hierarchy is a hierarchy of knowledge. The top entrusts the understanding of detail to the lower levels, whilst the lower levels credit the top with understanding of the general, and so all are mutually deceived.
“For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.”
– Karl Marx
true that liberty is precious –
so precious that it must be rationed.”
– Nikolai Lenin, Premier of the Soviet Union
“How many divisions has the Pope?”
– Josef Stalin
Stalin's point was, of course, that the greatest moral authority in the world is still impotent in the face of the sort of power that comes from the barrel of a gun.
“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!
“The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than a small one.”
Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf
“I will provide a propagandistic causus belli. Its credibility doesn’t matter.
The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth.
In the last analysis, success is what matters.”
Adolf Hitler to his generals, prior to the start of World War II
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms.
History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.”
Adolf Hitler, Edict, March 18, 1938
“Ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.”
Heinrich Himmler, Head of the Gestapo, 1935
“As long as the police carry out the will of the leadership, it is acting legally.”
Werner Best, Gestapo Schutz-Staffel
“All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately . . .
The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every responsible opportunity of campaigning with them. Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above-named organizations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon . . . must be regarded as an enemy of the national government.”
SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933
“The right of self-defense in international law is not directed toward the lives of individuals; it is concerned with the preservation of the State.” – United Nations
“I would never invade the United States. There would be a gun behind every
blade of grass.”
– Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Fleet
“We were the first to
assert that the more complicated the forms assumed by civilization,
the more restricted the freedom of the individual must become.
“We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty.”
– Benito Mussolini, Italian Dictator, 1934
“Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.”
– Nikita Khrushchev, 1956
“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”
– Vladimir Putin
“I don’t care if you think it’s your right. I say: Sorry. We have had enough as a nation.
You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun I think you should go to prison.”
– Rosie O’Donnell
“We humans can take almost any evidence and distort it in
support of our point of view
when we care more about that point of view than we care about the truth.”
Valerie Tarico, “Trusting Doubt”
“Assault weapons -- just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms -- are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.” – Josh Sugarman, Violence Policy Institute, “Assault Weapons & Accessories in America”
“Once again let us blame inanimate objects instead of the
evil people who harm others.
Take away a murderer’s firearm, and he will kill with a knife.
Take away his knife, and he will kill with a rock.
Take away his rock, and he will kill with his bare hands.
A murderer is not a murderer because he kills.
He kills because he is a murderer.”
One of the tricks of the
“anti-gun” lobby is to
include large city gang illegal gun shootings as something to support gun control.
These kids & criminals will continue to get guns regardless of the laws.
Gun Control History:
The Ancient Cart Haggians had consented to “deliver up all their Arms to the Romans” and were slaughtered by the Romans soon after.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
Germany established gun control in 1938, and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the
20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
Does anyone begin to see a pattern here ??
Starting in on 21st Century:
November 2015, Burundi: Civil Unrest.
President Pierre Nkurunziza gave a deadline of midnight on Saturday for Burundians to hand in illegal firearms or face being ‘dealt with as enemies of the nation.’
Defenseless people murdered.
To Be Determined.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to
comprehend the notion that armed citizens
are more able to resist state tyranny than are unarmed citizens.
One might even call that one a ‘no-brainer.’
“When you look at some of the worst examples of government-sponsored genocide in human history:
The United States ranks 3rd in murders throughout the world.
However, if you take out New York, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans,
the United States is 4th from the bottom for murders.
These 5 Cities have the toughest gun control laws in the United States!
All 5 have been controlled by Democrats for decades.
It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data . . . wouldn't it?
An armed man is a citizen.
An unarmed man is a subject.
Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.
If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.
A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
Enforce the gun control laws we *ALREADY* have; don’t make more.
When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.
The Second Amendment is there in case the politicians ignore the other Amendments.
Assault is a behavior, not a device.
Guns only have two enemies;
“As our American Ancestors understood so well, the bedrock of a free society is private ownership of property.
And there are fewer more important rights of private ownership than the unfettered right to own weapons.
“Why is ownership of weapons so vitally important? Not for hunting. And not even to resist aggression by domestic criminals or foreign invaders.
No, as history has repeatedly shown,
the vital importance of the fundamental right to own arms is to resist tyranny by one’s own government,
should such tyranny ever become unendurably evil and oppressive.
“The lesson which Americans of today have forgotten or have never learned
the lesson which our ancestors tried so hard to teach us
is that the greatest threat to our lives, liberty, property, and security lies not with some foreign government, as our rulers so often tell us;
instead, the greatest threat to the well-being of all of us lies with our own government!
“Of course, there are those who suggest that democratically elected public officials would never do anything seriously harmful to the American people.
What do totalitarian tyrants do when they achieve power?
Kill the messenger.
Seek out and silence critics by imprisoning them, then killing them.
Often times they skip the imprisoning part.
Seek out and destroy any literature that doesn’t support them.
Seek out and destroy religious symbols/statures/buildings that are not of their belief.
Control the media and through it control information.
Where schools are permitted, dictate what can be taught.
The media loves whipping people up into a panic over nothing.
We, as a society, have reached a Peak
when it comes to fussing and nitpicking
over Political Correctness & Guns.
“Political Correctness is a Pathological Disorder.”
Michelle Malkin, newspaper columnist
“We’ll See You on the Dark Side of the Moon.”
“How often, or on what system,
the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.
It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.
But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to.
You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct –
in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard,
and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake.
We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power.
Power is not a means; it is an end not power over things, but over men.
In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement.
There will be no loyalty, except loyalty toward the Party.
There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”
George Orwell, 1984
“The Right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or Affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Fourth Amendment to the Constitution
“The level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish.”
Larry Page, Google CEO
“Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society.”
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web
“The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American People,
and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything:
telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter.
There would be no place to hide.”
Sen. Frank Church, 1975
“People are sharing more and we are increasingly living in a surveillance state where law enforcement places multiple cameras in virtually all public places of importance. And when that isn't happening, our calls are tapped and our emails are read via other government agencies. Privacy will continue to die and Google Glass is just one technology which is enabling this trend.
“Having said all this I believe locker rooms and bathrooms are places where society will be uncomfortable with these devices being used. Over time, we can expect people to be using multiple recording devices as they eat at restaurants, sit in class, go to the park, etc.
Privacy expectations have been dying for several years as younger generations become more comfortable sharing personal information with less expectation that it will remain private.”
Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC.
“Do you think those responsible for and participating in the domestic surveillance of United States citizens have a different emotional perspective of security than the citizens who are part and parcel of the surveillance?”
China’s Xinhua news agency, referring to Snowden’s accusations about the hacking of Chinese targets, said they were “clearly troubling signs.”
“They demonstrate that the United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyber attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age.”
“Due to its wars of aggression, institutionalised torture, unaccountable assassination programmes and general contempt for the rule of law, the American government has today sacrificed whatever was once considered admirable about its role in international affairs. Furthermore, it is fast sacrificing what was once most admirable about it domestically, as once-cherished civil liberties are being forfeited and its citizens are being compelled to submit to an opaque and pervasive surveillance state.”
“The GCHQ agency scoops as much as it can from Facebook posts, email messages, internet histories and calls while tapping into the global fibre-optic network with little legal oversight. The activities are detailed in two documents leaked to the newspaper by Snowden, the former NSA and CIA worker who revealed America was spying on millions of foreigners and US nationals without their knowledge under the Prism scheme. The GCHQ scheme is billed as wider-ranging than Prism, with less legal oversight.
The Guardian says the programme has turned the UK into an “intelligence superpower” among members of the Five Eyes electronic spying alliance of US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The UK Government Communications HeadQuarters [ GCHQ ] is the centre for Her Majesty’s Government’s Signal Intelligence ( SIGINT ) activities.”
“What we learned in the secret meeting, is significantly more than what is out in the media today.
“I can’t speak to what we learned in there, and I don’t know if there are other leaks, if there’s more information somewhere, if somebody else is going to step up, but I will tell you that I believe it’s the tip of the iceberg.”
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, CA
“Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano, quoting Thomas Jefferson
“Judge Andrew Napolitano admits he came to the bench with impeccable conservative law-and-order credentials and left the bench eight years later cognizant of how the criminal justice system works to subvert and shred the Constitution.
Judge Napolitano meticulously documents how Orwellian the administration of justice is become when those charged with enforcing laws routinely break the law:
“Judge Andrew Napolitano reveals the culture of lawlessness, conceit, and personal ambition which saturates the U.S. Justice Department. Many of their actions and conduct in various cases clearly runs roughshod over the Constitution. Such a culture has given rise to a blatant disregard for the Constitution, due process of law and the rights and dignity of the individual. Napolitano iterates some of the worst abuses from the Clinton-Reno reign of terror from Waco to Ruby Ridge, and paints a startling picture of how this maladministration of justice is fast becoming the norm.
“Once the government invests time and money to trap you, it will not stop.
When it gets in so deeply that lawful means can no longer trap you, it will not stop.
And if there is no law that criminalizes your conduct, it will create one.
What can these government agents think of the oaths they swore to uphold the law?”
Ryan Setliff, ‘Constitutional Chaos’
“If the government wants your data and if there is cause to support their concerns to a judge,
it will come after that data whether it’s in your closet or a cloud.
Welcome to the new world order.”
“Novus Ordo Seclorum”
Back of One Dollar Bill, & The Great Seal of the United States
“The use, abuse, and misuse of data by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War is a troubling lesson about the limitations of information as the world hurls toward the big-data era. The underlying data can be of poor quality. It can be biased. It can be misanalyzed or used misleadingly. And even more damning, data can fail to capture what it purports to quantify.
We are more susceptible than we may think to the 'dictatorship of data' — that is, to letting the data govern us in ways that may do as much harm as good. The threat is that we will let ourselves be mindlessly bound by the output of our analyses even when we have reasonable grounds for suspecting that something is amiss.”
Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
“BIG BRO: The surveillance speech:
“A low point in Barack Obama’s presidency:
“The tone was inappropriately dismissive, while the substance was misleading at best and mendacious at its worst. By observing Obama’s condescension, I don’t mean to suggest tone was the most objectionable part of the speech.
- The disinformation should bother the American people most.
- The weasel words.
- The impossible to believe protestations.
- The factually inaccurate assertions.”The Atlantic
“So much information,
on so many people.
It is the height of naiveté to think this information won’t be used.
This is the nature of Secret Government Organizations.”
Wolfgang Schmidt, former Stasi “Secret Police,” Lt. Col.
“In the end, the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me,
No, the Obama administration is afraid of you.
It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding
the constitutional government it was promised and it should be.”
“NSA vs. the
“Everyone's favorite tech conspiracy these days, of course, concerns the National Security Agency and the ongoing flotilla of news reports stemming from NSA ex-contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of top-secret government documents from the U.S. and several other countries.
“Backdoor access methods are, of course, all too real. But a few stories stand out for being particularly mysterious or ominous. In 1999, researchers noticed a curious variable in Windows NT 4 Service Pack 5 named _NSAKEY. The dark conjecture was that Microsoft gave the NSA a key to encrypted data on Windows -- all the way back in the 20th century. In 2003, an unknown person or persons attempted to insert a backdoor into the source code for the Linux kernel. And recent disclosures about the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations program suggest the agency has a wide range of backdoor tricks spanning software, firmware, hardware, and peripherals.
“The subsequent worldwide web of allegations and investigations suggest that the tinfoil-hat crew may have, if anything, underestimated the scope of the issue. A picture is emerging -- deep breath, now -- of a global surveillance system targeting both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, managed by various government agencies working with commercial partners and telecommunications companies.
Whew . . . It’s the currently reigning mother of all conspiracies, with spy-movie code names (Prism! Streetcar! Vitreous!) and seemingly limitless implications regarding the future of technology, privacy, and public policy.”
“If Prism is used to only spy on foreign nationals then the US government has
really big Cajonnes to demand China and Russia assist them in returning Snowden.”
“We spy on you. Uh, could you help us return our errant spy?”
“So sorry sir, but this is not Chinese laundry. Clean your own mess.”
“ If someone gets Big Brother-like abilities, they're going to use them like it's
|Remember “1984” by George Orwell ?|
|This sunny, optimistic take on the future, is ruled by four ministries;|
|Ministry of Peace,||which deals with War;|
|Ministry of Plenty,||which deals with Economy;|
|Ministry of Love,||which deals with Law and Order;|
|Ministry of Truth,||which deals with Propaganda;|
“Ignoring the near collapse of Iraq, the veritable civil war in Syria, the crisis in Iran, the bombings in Israel (and the subsequent retaliations), the usurpation of the Ukraine, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the spying scandal with Germany, not to mention the unprecedented flood of illegal aliens fleeing South and Central America for the U.S. border, no, according to The White House the world is is becoming more tranquil place day-by-day.
And this, folks, is how ‘doublespeak’ works.”
out that George Orwell was an optimist.”
“He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that
no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
compare: Ugly ~ Uniform Pricing Code
– The Hopi Natives
The Dark Side of Our Own Government.
With all of the HorseShit About This,
there *Must* be a Horse Around SomeWhere.
Have you heard of the Russian “Ministry of State Security?”
It’s better known by it’s Initials: The “KGB”
cf: “Dept of HomeLand Security”
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