Compiling gun related quotes, asking for your help.


November 16, 2008, 05:28 PM
I’ve seen a few websites that have some firearm related quotes, but they’ve been pretty limited; I want to compile a more comprehensive and easy to navigate one.

I figured what better place to find them than to ask on here.

So if you know any quotes relating to guns post em up, I’d appreciate it.

Anti-gun quotes from politicians and celebrities, pro-gun quotes, general gun quotes (“say hello to my little friend”, that sort of stuff) anything gun related.

Thanks for your help. :)

Ps moderators, I’m not planning on making any money with the site, so I don’t think this goes against the rules.

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November 16, 2008, 05:38 PM
Here you go:

November 16, 2008, 07:20 PM
Thanks ,that’s a good collection of them.

November 16, 2008, 07:35 PM
"This property guarded by Messrs. Smith and Wesson." (Also shows illustration of a revolver.)

Another sign that you all have seen probably, " No entry allowed. Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be prosecuted."

November 16, 2008, 07:53 PM
It's always best to check and then double-check the veracity of the sources referenced for many gun quotes, regardless of where you find the original lists. Some of the stuff that is floating out there in cyberspace is wishful thinking, doubtful, dubious, apocryphal, or otherwise off base. Note, for example, the list of bogus quotes at the end of the material on the following link:

Put another way: If you mother says she loves you, check it out.

November 16, 2008, 08:08 PM
Once I’ve compiled enough I’m going to look them up and make sure they’re real.

November 28, 2008, 01:33 AM
Only 3 comments?
I don’t mean to sound finicky but from a forum with over 1000 members daily I expected more. lol

November 28, 2008, 07:51 AM
No free man will willingly give up the means to defend his freedom.

Dr. Warren, speaking to General Gage in Walt Disney's " Johnny Tremain"

November 28, 2008, 08:04 AM
"A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your unit."
- The Army's magazine of preventative maintenance

November 28, 2008, 08:16 AM
Maybe not what you are looking for but...

Printed on the M72s Shraw at work is

“Aim towards the Enemy.”

and "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend!"

November 28, 2008, 08:30 AM
" A new prince has never been known to disarm his subjects, on the contrary when he has found them disarmed he has armed them, for by arming them these arms become your own, those you suspected become faithful and those that were faithful remain so, and from being merely subjects become your partisans... But when you disarm them, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these options generate hatred against you."
The Prince- Niccolo Machiavelli

November 28, 2008, 08:43 AM
" Firearms are second only to the Costitution in importance; they are the people's liberty's teeth."
-Gen George Washington, Continental Army, (Ret.)

November 28, 2008, 09:03 AM
" Basically, they were shooting at a moving target that was jolting back and forth in many different directions...It was very excitable and moving at a very high rate of speed for a cow."
-Irvine City Manager, explaining 43 police rounds fired into a cow discovered entering the 405 freeway (LA Times 11/11/93)

November 28, 2008, 09:35 AM
43 rounds at a cow aint jack! CSPD unloaded over two hundred rounds at 2 buffalo W/ AR-15s from less than 50 feet away and only managed to hit them something like 15 times :D

They did manage to nail 2 or 3 cars, a couple of houses, somebody's ChiJuaJua, and a whole mess of mail boxes before putting the "rouge" buffalo down.

On a serious note, while I have no problem W/ killing a nusiance animal or killing an animal for food, nothing derserves to suffer through that kind of incompitance :(

We now rejoin our regularly scheduled thread, in progress

November 28, 2008, 09:57 AM
You want comprehensive? Try this:

November 28, 2008, 11:23 AM
If guns are not an effective crime deterrent why do police officers carry them?

- part of a comment from "Brent" to a Tulsa World story on college students bearing arms. (


In an April 5, 1996, column in the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer, who forthrightly supports total gun prohibition, wrote, "Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation."

- Dave Kopel (


Last century over 170 million people were murdered by their own governments, and your government doesn't want you to have a gun. Doesn't that bother you just a little?

- Unknown


Those who would, deny, require permit, license, certification, or authorization for me to bear arms are as dangerous & evil as those who would molest, abuse, assault, rape or murder my family

sig line of LongRider, THR (


an unarmed law abiding citizen is labeled as "prey" by those who do not obey the ban laws.

- Griz44, THR (

LEOs are down on the 9mm because of its supposed lack of stopping power. even though FBI statistics(take your pick of them) show single digit differences between a 9 mm and a 40 S&W. Ask any LEO how many times their 9 mm has failed them and how many times their 40 S&W succeeded perfectly. You'll hear the sound of crickets unless they tell the story of their cousin's sister's brother's nephew at some other police unit had a bad experience with the 9 mm. I get that all the time from a couple LEOs in my family.

- Kino75, THR (

Who's paranoid: the person who wants to be able to defend himself against the few bad apples in society, or the person who wants to render everybody harmless?

- Marko Kloos


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



Relying on the police is irresponsible.

- Armueller2001, THR


As soon as you CHOOSE to do anything that involves the use of a firearm, you step into the criminal justice system, with all the risks inherent in that system.

- sig line of Tepin, THR (

I applaud the affirmation by the court of my right to own a firearm, be it a handgun or long gun. It affirmed my right to protect myself. If others choose not to protect themselves, that is their right. I have chosen to[o].

- Ragnar, Comment #135 ( to NY Times article "Lock & Load"


"Every bullet you fire has a LAWYER attached to it!"

- Clint Smith?

"Hope is not a strategy" ~Festus Hagen


November 28, 2008, 11:32 AM
The Evolution of a Constitional Right
By: Stephen P. Halbrook

This is a good book and If I remember right there are alot
of quotes and court case refrences.

max popenker
November 28, 2008, 11:38 AM
What's the difference between optimistic man, pessimistic man and realistic man?

Optimistic one learns English
Pessimistic one learns Chinese
Realistic one learns Kalashnikov :evil:

generic Russian wisdom ;)

November 28, 2008, 02:17 PM
Max Popenker that is one of the best quotes I have seen even if not as time tested as the others. I can confidently say i am an optomistic realist!

November 28, 2008, 08:57 PM
This should help.........:D

Benjamin Franklin: Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Nov 11 1755, from the Pennsylvania Assembly's reply to
the Governor of Pennsylvania.)

Thomas Jefferson: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither
inclined or determined to commit crimes. Such laws only make things worse for the assaulted and
better for the assassins; they serve to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man
may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." (1764 Letter and speech from T.
Jefferson quoting with approval an essay by Cesare Beccari)

John Adams: "Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self
defense." (A defense of the Constitution of the US)

George Washington: "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the
people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than
99% of them [guns] by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very
atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference [crime]. When firearms go, all goes,
we need them every hour." (Address to 1st session of Congress)

George Mason: "To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them." (3 Elliot,
Debates at 380)

Noah Webster: "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in
almost every country in Europe." (1787, Pamphlets on the Constitution of the US)

George Washington: "A free people ought to be armed." (Jan 14 1790, Boston Independent

Thomas Jefferson: "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (T. Jefferson papers,
334, C.J. Boyd, Ed. 1950)

James Madison: "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of
other countries, whose people are afraid to trust them with arms." (Federalist Paper #46)

Topic #2:

George Mason: "I ask you sir, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people." (Elliott,
Debates, 425-426)

Richard Henry Lee: "A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and
include all men capable of bearing arms." (Additional letters from the Federal Farmer, at 169, 1788)

James Madison: "A WELL REGULATED militia, composed of the people, trained to arms, is the
best and most natural defense of a free country." (1st Annals of Congress, at 434, June 8th 1789,
emphasis added.

Patrick Henry: "The people have a right to keep and bear arms." (Elliott, Debates at 185)

Alexander Hamilton: "...that standing army can never be formidable (threatening) to the liberties
of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in the use of arms."
(Federalist Paper #29)

"Little more can be aimed at with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed
and equipped." (Id) {responding to the claim that the militia itself could threaten liberty}" There is
something so far-fetched, and so extravagant in the idea of danger of liberty from the militia that one
is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or raillery (mockery). (Id)


Mahatma Gandhi: "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." ("Gandhi, an Autobiography," M.K. Gandhi,

Sigmund Freud: "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
("General Introduction to Psychoanalysis," S. Freud)

Bill Clinton: (US President, has sworn an oath to defend the US Constitution, (not to violate it,
criticize it, and belittle it)) "When we got organized as a country, [and] wrote a fairly radical
Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was
assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly...When personal freedom is
being abused, you have to move to limit it." (April 19 1994, on MTV)


Samual Adams: "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United
States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." (Convention of the Commonwealth
of Mass., 86-87, date still being sought)

Noah Webster: "Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority...the
Constitution was made to guard 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." (Source still being sought)

Thomas Jefferson: "On every occasion...[of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves
back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates,
and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it,
[instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed." (June 12 1823, Letter to
William Johnson)

Topic #5:

"Now there was no metal smith found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines had said, "Lest the
Hebrews make for themselves swords or spears"...But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines,
each man to sharpen his plow blade, his coulter, his ax and his maddock. So it came to pass on the
day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that
were with Saul or Johnathan; but with Saul and Jaohnathan there was found [other lethal weapons]
1 Samuel 13:19-22)

"Jesus said, 'But now whoever has a purse or a bag, must take it and whoever does not have a
sword must sell his cloak and buy one.'" (Luke 22:36) "If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed." (Exodus 22:2) (Note, the test later indicates that this right to kill does not apply to a daytime break in. So in daylight, self defense must be shone.)

"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his possessions are safe." (Matthew 11:21)
(Note, the text later states that a stronger or better armed criminal could overpower a weaker or
poorly armed victim, so get a magnum!)

ever wonder what the second amendment really means?

Militias. Distrust of government. Abuse of power. The right to bear arms. Not a day passed without a passionate article or an editorial on the role of guns in American life. The year was 1775. More than 200 years later, the seminal debate undertaken as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison formulated the laws of the land still echoes. Is the Michigan Militia an aberration or the Constitution in action? Is Gordon Liddy a dangerous demagogue or a devoted patriot? What exactly did the founding fathers mean when they penned the Second Amendment? No sampler can do justice to the debate, but we hope the following scrapbook helps shed light on the relation between arms and liberty. Our sources were Alexander Hamilton, Madison and John Jay's Federalist, "That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right," by Stephen Halbrook, "The Road to the Bill of Rights," by Craig Smith, and a collection of quotes compiled by Charles Curley.


From "A Journal of the Times," calling the citizens of Boston to arm themselves in response to British abuses of power, 1769:

"Instances of the licentious and outrageous behavior of the military conservators of the peace still multiply upon us, some of which are of such nature and have been carried to so great lengths as must serve fully to evince that a late vote of this town, calling upon the inhabitants to provide themselves with arms for their defense, was a measure as prudent as it was legal. It is a natural right which the people have reserved to themselves, confirmed by the [English] Bill of Rights, to keep arms for their own defense, and as Mr. Blackstone observes, it is to be made use of when the sanctions of society and law are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression."


George Mason's Fairfax County Militia Plan, 1775:

"And we do each of us, for ourselves respectively, promise and engage to keep a good firelock in proper order, & to furnish ourselves as soon as possible with, & always keep by us, one pound of gunpowder, four pounds of lead, one dozen gunflints, & a pair of bullet moulds, with a cartouch box, or powder horn, and bag for balls."


Patrick Henry, 1775:

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


Thomas Paine, writing to religious pacifists in 1775:

"The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; the weak would become a prey to the strong."


Samuel Adams:

"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can."

John Adams:

"Arms in the hands of the citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny or private self-defense."

Thomas Jefferson:

"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."

Thomas Jefferson, in an early draft of the Virginia constitution:

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms in his own lands."


Patrick Henry:

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun."


Thomas Jefferson's advice to his 15-year-old nephew:

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

Noah Webster, 1787:

"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 of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops."


James Madison, "The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared," 46 Federalist New York Packet, January 29, 1788:

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, that could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it."

Alexander Hamilton, "Concerning the Militia," 29 Federalist Daily Advertiser, January 10, 1788:

"There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or raillery. Where, in the name of common sense, are our fears to end if we may not trust our sons, our brothers, our neighbors, our fellow citizens? What shadow of danger can there be from men who are daily mingling with the rest of their countrymen and who participate with them in the same feelings, sentiments, habits and interests? What reasonable cause of apprehension can be inferred from a power in the Union to prescribe regulations for the militia, and to command its services when necessary, while the particular states are to have the sole and exclusive appointment of the officers? If it were possible seriously to indulge a jealousy of the militia upon any conceivable establishment under the federal government, the circumstance of the officers being in the appointment of the states ought at once to extinguish it. There can be no doubt that this circumstance will always secure to them a preponderating infiuence over the militia."

Richard Henry Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer, 1788:

"Militias, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves 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, especially when young, how to use them."

Tench Coxe, writing as "the Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 1788:

"The power of the sword, say the minority of Pennsylvania, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from 16 to 60. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."


Connecticut gun code of 1650:

"All persons shall bear arms, and every male person shall have in continual readiness a good muskitt or other gunn, fitt for service."

Article 3 of the West Virginia state constitution:

"A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use."

Virginia Declaration of Rights 13 (June 12, 1776), drafted by George Mason:

"That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power."

A proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution, as passed by the Pennsylvania legislature:

"That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and their own states or the United States, or for the purpose of killing game; and no law shall be passed for disarming the people or any of them, unless for crimes committed, or real danger of public injury from individuals."


An amendment to the Constitution, proposed by James Madison:

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, a well-armed and well-regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person."


The Second Amendment, as passed September 25, 1789:

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

November 29, 2008, 02:38 AM
Mil-Dot the following quotes from your post are bogus:

George Washington: "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them [guns] by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference [crime]. When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." (Address to 1st session of Congress)

Thomas Jefferson:

"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."

John Adams:

"Arms in the hands of the citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny or private self-defense."

And this one is mangled:
John Adams: "Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense." (A defense of the Constitution of the US)


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