Quotes

“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.” — United States Constitution, Amendment II

“The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the Legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.” –Utah State Constitution, Article I, Section 6.

“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.” — George Washington

“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’s “Commonplace Book,”

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;…” –Thomas Jefferson letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. 1824. ME 16:45.

“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” –Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646 (June 25, 1788).

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

“Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?” — Joseph Stalin

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” –P. J. O’Rourke

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” –Gerald Ford

“We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.” –Nikita Khrushchev, 1959

As tedious as it is, Atlas Shrugged has something to teach us. Don’t bother to read the book though, all you need to know is in the following quote:

“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against–then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted–and you create a nation of law-breakers–and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” –Sigmund Freud

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