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I've heard it said that God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal.

CHERIE PRIEST, Dreadful Skin

Guns made us free and have kept us free, one side says; the other side rejects guns as instruments of domination, lawlessness, and terrorism. The conflict rages on because both sides are right.

JAN E. DIZARD, Guns in America

After a shooting spree, 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 BURROUGHS, Painting and Guns

Some parents … say it is toy guns that make boys warlike…. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout “Bang!”

GEORGE F. WILL, Newsweek, Dec. 11, 1978

Freedom requires guns.


Firearms, like people, have ancestors, and the frontier guns were no exception. Just as did most of the men and women who carried them, these weapons had their early roots in Europe. We can trace their lineage back to the sieges of the walled cities of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, to a primitive weapon called the hand cannon.


You know I've had people come up and ask me to sign their guns. Sign my name on gun handles and holsters and stuff. I've done it once or twice for law enforcement officials, but when people do that -- and there have been quite a few of them lately -- I always tell them no. I don't want to do that. I don't want my name on that and I hope you use this gun, whatever its purpose is, I hope it's used wisely.

CLINT EASTWOOD, Psychology Today, Jan. 1, 1993

Morality ends where the gun begins.

AYN RAND, Atlas Shrugged

We cannot be any stronger in our foreign policy -- for all the bombs and guns we may heap up in our arsenals -- than we are in the spirit which rules inside the country. Foreign policy, like a river, cannot rise above its source.


As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and going to get it. The only person who’s going to be penalized and have difficulty is the law-abiding citizen, who then cannot have [it] if he wants protection -- the protection of a weapon in his home.

RONALD REAGAN, interview, Mar. 22, 1986

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to acquiring an understanding of the facts surrounding the gun control debate is the firm conviction of many on both sides that most of the critical facts are self-evident. Is it not indisputable that the availability of guns increases the homicide rate and plays a large role in America's high violence rates? How could the possession and use of deadly weapons NOT raise the murder rate? Alternatively, is it not obvious that widespread private gun ownership deters crime? The debaters begin with premises that are so thoroughly taken for granted that they never consider evaluating them.

GARY KLECK, Targeting Guns

All political power comes from the barrel of a gun.

MAO ZEDONG, Problems of War and Strategy

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed--unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

JAMES MADISON, attributed, Quote Junkie Presidents Edition

A gun is not an argument.

AYN RAND, Capitalism: The Unknown Deal

That there are such devices as firearms, as easy to operate as cigarette lighters and as cheap as toasters, capable at anybody's whim of killing Father or Fats or Abraham Lincoln or John Lennon or Martin Luther King, Jr., or a woman pushing a baby carriage, should be proof enough for anybody that being alive is a crock of shit.


The business end of a six-gun don't pay no interest.

KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's

A gun is like breath to a drowning man--it has to be drawn in haste.

JAMES M. CAIN, The Paris Review, spring-summer 1978

You know, we can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles -- it's something I strongly support -- we can't be so fixated on that that we are unable to think about the reality of life that millions of Americans face on streets that are unsafe, under conditions that no other nation ... has permitted to exist.

BILL CLINTON, remarks at Adult Learning Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Mar. 1, 1993

There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.

AYN RAND, Philosophy: Who Needs It

I believe everybody in the world should have guns. I also believe that only I should have ammunition. Because frankly, I wouldn't trust the rest of you goobers with anything more dangerous than a string.

SCOTT ADAMS, Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!

Don't point a gun at nobody you ain't willin' to shoot, if necessary.

KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's

Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Of course, people with guns kill more people. But that's only natural. It's hard. But it's fair.

EDWARD ABBEY, Abbey's Road

Nowadays you don't go around on the street kicking people, punching people -- because if you do (makes gun shape with hand), well that's it -- I don't care how good you are.

BRUCE LEE, interview, Pierre Berton Show, 1971

Gun-rights advocates like to make this all about liberty, insisting that their freedom to bear arms is of utmost importance and that restricting their freedom would be a violation of basic rights. But liberty is not a one way street. It also includes the liberty to enjoy a night out with friends, loving who you want to love, dancing how you want to dance, in a club that has historically provided a refuge from the hate and fear that surrounds you. It also includes the liberty to go to and send your kids to kindergarten and first grade so that they can begin to be infused with a love of learning. It includes the liberty to go to a movie, to your religious house of worship, to college, to work, to an abortion clinic, go to a hair salon, to a community center, to the supermarket, to go anywhere and feel that you are free to do to so without having to weigh the risk of being gunned down by someone wielding a weapon that can easily kill you and countless others. The liberty of some to own guns cannot take precedence over the liberty of everyone to live their lives free from the risk of being easily murdured.

DAVID S. COHEN, "Why It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment", Rolling Stone, June 13, 2016

The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy.

EDWARD ABBEY, Abbey's Road

Swords and guns have no eyes.



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