Guns: Quotes from the Framers (And One Other Guy)

Bear Arms

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
– George Washington

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason

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

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense 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?”
– Patrick Henry

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
– Alexander Hamilton

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“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

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of 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 bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States”
– Noah Webster

“The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them…”
– Thomas Paine

“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

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4 thoughts on “Guns: Quotes from the Framers (And One Other Guy)

  1. “… the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” -George Washington

    Oh, how I wish someone would have been armed last week, someone other than the murderer and the first responders, who arrived too late.

  2. Jerry Dean says:

    Well, I suppose that says it all.

  3. AndyCFC says:

    “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

    hmmm so what does your constitution have to say in the treason clause? which defines treason as taking up arms against the government.
    Seems quite a contradiction as it doesnt use the words “unless its a tyranny” so seems quite clear that Jefferson is wrong.

    It also seems that according to scotus in United States v. Cruikshank 1876 that that the amendment “means no more than (the right to keep and bear arms) shall not be infringed by Congress.” This 1876 ruling established that states and localities are not prevented from enacting their own gun-control laws–and they remain free to do so to this day.
    In 1886, in Presser v. Illinois, the Court reaffirmed the concept of a state’s rights, as it were, to control guns, and this position has never been modified. Therefore, it re-mains the Court’s last word on the subject. Lower courts have time and again held to this precedent.
    Regarding the second broad question of individual versus state-militia rights, the Court held in its 1939 United States v. Miller decision that individuals have in effect no right to keep and bear arms under the amendment, but only a collective right having “some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia.” Lower courts have consistently applied the Miller decision in upholding various gun-control laws over the years.
    The legal precedents are clear: Almost any state or local gun-control action is fine; the Second Amendment does not apply. On the federal level, only laws interfering with state militias are prohibited.

    I would suggest when the 2nd amendment was written it was for the purposes at that time, a newly created country with the British being the worlds major power so was really to fend off attacks from abroad and internal inserrection from the likes of Daniel Shays. Now you have by far the biggest and most capable military does this make sense anymore? Lets face it if the British landed at concord with the weapons they had in those days against a few people armed with modern assault rifles it would be a very one sided battle.

    In the end im not judging its your country and you do what you see fit but there does seem to be confusion about the amendment itself and also the irony of having a written constitution as something written a couple hundred years before for particular circumstances that are no longer there.

    Btw dont think i have ever seen a blogger make a preemptive Godwin’s law strike before. Well-played! Which it quite clearly is by using it you suggest anyone who takes your guns would be a nazi, its also im afraid a logical fallacy correlation is not causation.

    Anyway hope you have a good christmas as you have young children its quite amazing for them. Arsenal not doing to well are they (being Chelsea we have fallen away a bit oh well)

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