Guns Quotes

Sourced

  • “Every communist must grasp the truth, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. Yet, having guns, we can create Party organizations, as witness the powerful Party organizations which the Eighth Route Army has created in northern China. We can also create cadres, create schools, create culture, create mass movements. Everything in Yenan has been created by having guns. All things grow out of the barrel of a gun.”
    o Mao Zedong, “Problems of War and Strategy”, 1938 [1]. Mao was justifying war as a means to achieving political ends. The quote has been altered or otherwise interpreted by American gun control opponents as a totalitarian endorsement of gun control, for instance with the phrasing, “The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”

  • “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.”
    o Orrin Hatch, “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms”

  • “Remember when she had Tom Selleck on her program a while back? She blind-sided Tom Selleck! He’s a good fella, ain’t never hurt nobody, but he’s in the NRA, so she hates that. She was like, ‘Well, you’re in the NRA. Let me tell you something, Tom: guns kill people!’ Do you believe she said that? On the Rosie O’Fatass show! She looks right at him and says, ‘Guns kill people!’ Let me tell you something: husbands that come home early kill people! Alright? The gun was just sitting there! If guns kill people, I can blame misspelled words on my pencil! Git-r-done!”
    o Larry the Cable Guy (Daniel Lawrence Whitney), Git-r-Done DVD, 2003

  • “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. If we want the Arms Act to be repealed, if we want to learn the use of arms, here is a golden opportunity. If the middle classes render voluntary help to Government in the hour of its trial, distrust will disappear, and the ban on possessing arms will be withdrawn.”
    o Mahatma Gandhi, “An Autobiography OR The story of my experiments with truth”, Chapter 27, Recruiting Campaign, from a leaflet urging Indians to serve with the British Army in World War II. [2]

  • “I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.”
    o George W. Bush, St. Louis Missouri, October 18, 2000

  • “And in my mind, I’m going why can’t I just shoot this guy in the spine right now; shoot him in the spine, explain the facts of life to him”
    o Ted Nugent, as guest DJ on WRIF-FM, Detroit, September 28, 1990; referring to an encounter with a Hare Krishna

  • “GUN CONTROL: An ongoing public debate that might easily be resolved if we allowed everyone to obtain firearms but suspended the production of bullets.”
    o Rick Bayan, The Cynic’s Dictionary, 1997

  • “My personal opinion is that guns kill people.”
    o Sam Donaldson, ABC News Primetime Live, February 22, 1990

  • “Since the enactment of the Minnesota Personal Protection Bill of 2003, Koscielski’s has sought to develop courses that would extend Second Amendment rights to the disabled, especially the blind. Because those who are sight-impaired face a potentially greater risk of harm at the hands of assailants, we believe that given the opportunity to receive proper training, blind people can successfully earn a concealed carry permit. This achievement can definitely enhance an individual’s sense of independence, self-sufficiency, and self-confidence when facing a sometimes-threatening world.”
    o Koscieski’s Guns and Ammo [3]

  • “Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advise by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual was to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.”
    o George Mason, June 14, 1788, quoted on page 380 of The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, 1861, Jonathan Elliot, ed. (The “artful man” in the quote is Sir William Keith.) This quote has typically been rephrased by gun control opponents; for instance, “To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.”

  • “The laws of [false utility] are those which forbid to wear arms, disarming those only who are not disposed to commit the crime which the laws mean to prevent. Can it be supposed, that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, and the most important of the code, will respect the less considerable and arbitrary injunctions, the violation of which is so easy, and of so little comparative importance? Does not the execution of this law deprive the subject of that personal liberty, so dear to mankind and to the wise legislator?”
    o Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishments, 1764, Chapter 40 [4].
    o Has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson transcribed this passage in his Literary Commonplace Book.

  • “A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.”
    o George Washington, January 8, 1790, First State of the Union Address [5]
    o This quote concerns national war preparations. It has sometimes been altered by gun control opponents into an endorsement of private gun ownership; for example “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.”

  • “The [balance of power] 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. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong.”
    o Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War, July, 1775 [6]. (Written anonymously but attributed to Paine.)

  • “…Let me make a short, opening, blanket comment. There are no good guns. There are no bad guns. Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people…”
    o former NRA president Charlton Heston, at NBC’s “Meet the Press”, May 18, 1997

  • “If people don’t want to defend themselves, they deserve to die.”
    o Ted Nugent, quoted by Wisconsin State Senator David Zien, November 3, 2005 [7].

  • “There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That’s one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?”
    o Arms dealer Yuri Orlov (played by Nicolas Cage), Lord of War, 2005 [8]

    Unsourced

  • 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.
    o Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS
  • Be not afraid of any man no matter what his size; when danger threatens, call on me, and I will equalize.
    o Legend on a Colt revolver

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

  • “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”
    o William Burroughs

  • “You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word.”
    o Al Capone

  • “And I swear that I don’t have a gun…no I don’t have a gun”
    o Kurt Cobain (featured in the song Come as you are).

  • “The good people of this world are very far from being satisfied with each other and my arms are the best peacemakers.”
    o Samuel Colt. (From ForbesLife Magazine)

  • “25 States allow anyone to buy a gun, strap it on, and walk down the street with no permit of any kind: some say it’s crazy. However, 4 out of 5 U.S. murders are committed in the other half of the country: so who is crazy?”
    o Andrew Ford

  • “History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.”
    o Adolf Hitler

  • “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms.”
    o Adolf Hitler

  • “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.”
    o Thomas Jefferson

  • “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.”
    o James Earl Jones

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

  • ‘Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
    o General MacArthur

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

  • “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.”
    o Ted Nugent

  • “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
    o Joseph Story

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

  • “Gun Control: The notion that Matthew Shepard tied to a fence post in the middle of Wyoming is morally superior to Matthew Shepard explaining to the local sheriff how his attackers got all those fatal bullet holes.”
    o Dan Weiner

  • “Hell, when the man said Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, I just thought he was making a delivery!”
    o James Wesley, Rawles

  • “I believe that guns don’t kill people, husbands that come home early do.”
    o Daniel Lawrence Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy)

  • “Give a guy a gun, he thinks he’s Superman. Give him two and he thinks he’s God.”
    o Superintendent Pang from the film Hard Boiled

  • “Guns. Lots of guns.”
    o Neo from the film The Matrix

  • “The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s goodbye to the Bill of Rights.”
    o Unknown

  • “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
    o Unknown

  • “If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.”
    o Unknown

  • “You want more gun control? Use both hands.”
    o Unknown

  • “Smith & Wesson, the original point and click interface.”
    o Unknown

  • “Guns, the American way to keep crime at bay. “Civilized” Europeans must settle for extra Vaseline.
    o Unknown

  • “Guns don’t kill people. I kill people.”
    o Unknown

  • “A gun is a gun death waiting to happen.”
    o Unknown

  • “God made man and God made woman, but Samuel Colt made them equal.”
    o Unknown

  • “Study: 1.7 Million Children in Homes Where Loaded, Unlocked Gun Kept. Most have been told not to take gun to school, fire on teachers, classmates.”
    o IronicTimes.com

  • “…treatment of a gunshot wound to the chest costs on average $322,000, according to the Violence Prevention Institute…”
    o as reported on GunGuys.com

  • “Guns are fun.”
    o Unknown

    Misattributed

  • “A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” – Falsely attributed to Sigmund Freud.
    o This has been sourced to General Introduction to Psychoanalysis [9] [10] [11] [12] due to a misreading of a 1990 essay by Don B. Kates [13]. The quote is Kates’ own characterization of a passage in Freud and Oppenheim, Dreams in Folklore, and not Freud’s words.

  • “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.” – Falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson
    o This has been sourced to “The Papers of Thomas Jefferson”, edited by C.J. Boyd. The quote does not appear in Jefferson’s collected papers as searched in Google Print. The name of the editor is also problematic: some volumes of Jefferson’s papers were edited by Julian P. Boyd, not C.J. Boyd.

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