The people should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
This day in 1835, the Texas revolution began in Gonzales after Texans refused to surrender the cannon. The American revolution began as a tax protest, the Texas revolution began as a gun control protest.
That should explain a great deal of unrest in our state & country.
The people should not be afraid of their government. The government should be afraid of its people. But, as dictators in the past have shown, an unarmed people are a controllable people.
"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth." ~George Washington
The 2nd Amendment is not about the right to hunt, but about the right to protect and defend ourselves ... even and especially from the government. Somewhat tongue in cheek, it has been pointed out that the right to bear arms is the one right that ensures the government is faithful to honor all the others as well.
The mocking questions about hunters needing automatic weapons to shoot squirrels miss the point. The citizens need those weapons because the bad guys have those weapons ... and so does the government. I'm not advocating treason or militant rebellion, but that is how our country began and the ability to do that again, if ever necessary, was the motivation for the right to keep and bear arms, which should not be infringed.
In fact, a historical glance at the 2nd Amendment's genesis and that era shows that it was almost an obligation to bear arms in case needed for an uprising. Hence, an exception was in the early drafts that freed from obligation those with religious convictions from military service.
Let me speak frankly, you cannot count on the police to protect you. You might be able to depend on the justice system to prosecute those who commit violent crimes to your person, but you're tragically naive if you think the police, as awesome and as needed as they are, can protect you with (a) limited resources and (b) very defined constraints on what they may do.
"Today burglars fear the homeowner much more than the police. They know the police cannot shoot them for crimes against property and cannot chase them if they flee in a vehicle."
Read About It: The Knoxville News Sentinel (Tenn.)
"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."
~ James Earl Jones
"Never Forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn't allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This... goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians."
~ Alexander Hope
"If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of criminal acts 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."
~ Senator Orrin G. Hatch
"To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow... For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding."
~ Jeff Snyder, author American Handgunner, Second Amendment Foundation Officer
"The biggest hypocrites on gun control are those who live in upscale developments with armed security guards -- and who want to keep other people from having guns to defend themselves. But what about lower-income people living in high-crime, inner city neighborhoods? Should such people be kept unarmed and helpless, so that limousine liberals can 'make a statement' by adding to the thousands of gun laws already on the books?"
~ Thomas Sowell
- Read more quotes regarding gun control or 101 of the Best Gun Quotes Ever or Good Gun Quotes, including thoughts of modern leaders and the founders' intentions.