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In Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 1943, SCOTUS ruled that it is unconstitutional to tax – via a license fee – the exercise of a constitutionally protected right.


"I've always been a proponent of universal background checks.  Before you pull the trigger, be sure the background is safe."

-Gardner Behrends


“Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”

-St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD):



You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot further with a smile and a gun.”

-Al Capone:


“Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.”




U.S. Army General Peyton Conway March (1864-1955): “There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else."


"...He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one."

-Jesus Christ, Luke 22:36,


"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the
price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what
course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

- Patrick Henry


"What are the duties required in the sixth commandment?" and answers that the duties required are "...all lawful endeavors to preserve the life of ourselves and others... by just defense against violence..., and [by] protecting and defending the innocent." Question 136 goes on to deal with what is forbidden in the sixth commandment, and gives the answer, "...all taking away the life of ourselves, or others, except in case of public justice, lawful war, or necessary defense."

-Westminster Larger Catechism, penned in the mid 1640’s



"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."

-The Dalai Lama



"I call my carry gun "Matters."  If I'm selected as a victim, I can take matters into my own hand."

-Gardner Behrends



"When faced with a choice between violence and cowardice, always choose violence".

- Ghandi


“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time... It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience.”

Ronald Reagan in 1983, after surviving the 1981 assassination attempt of the deranged John Hinckley.


"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!"

-President Lincoln

"They that can give up liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania..



"An appeaser feeds the crocodile in the hope that it will eat him last."

-Winston Churchill



"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be carefully used and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible."

-Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, D-MN), in "Know Your Lawmakers," Guns magazine, February 1960, p.6



"Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them."

 - Walter Mondale


"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years."

- Alexander Tyler



"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


"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it."

 -Patrick Henry (1776)


I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and 
government to gain ground.

--Thomas Jefferson



"Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance."

-Woodrow Wilson, May 9, 1912, Address, New York Press Club.



"Political correctness is just tyranny with manners."

- Charlton Heston



"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

- John F. Kennedy


"Suppose you were an idiot.....and suppose you were a member of Congress.....But I repeat myself"

- Mark Twain



"I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand."

-Susan B. Anthony



"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."

-Sigmund Freud



Quemadmoeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est."  translation (A sword is never a killer, it's just a tool in the killer's hands.)  literally (Just as the sword kills nobody, it's a killer's tool.)

-Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the Younger" (ca. 4 BC-65 AD)


"Never dither, for the nick of time comes just before the moment lost."

-Gardner Behrends


"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so."

-Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942



"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society."

-Hillary Clinton, 1993


"I neutered my cat and now he's a liberal." - Unknown


I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.

 -J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers


"Liberty is a harsh mistress. You cannot pick and choose what you like and dislike about her. Liberty will not change her principles for you, no matter how much you claim to love her.  She will stand fast in her demands for total acceptance. If you can't receive her, she will recognize you as a false lover and leave you. And when you hear that door slam, it will take every tear in your eye, every ounce of blood in your veins, and all the nerve in your heart to win her back."

- Bill Masters


"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, quoting Cesare Beccaria

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."

-George Washington, Commanding General of the Continental Army, Father of Our Country and First President of the United States in a speech to Congress, January 7, 1790.

"(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

-James Madison.

"To disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them..."

-George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380.

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."

-Thomas Jefferson, Bill for the More General diffusion of Knowledge (1778).


Good judgment comes from experience, and experience, well...that comes from bad judgment.



"I won't be caught dead in a gun free zone."

-Gardner Behrends

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 might have a gun.:

-Patrick Henry.

"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."

-Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8.

"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..."

-Richard Henry Lee writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic (1787-1788).

"The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms."

-Samuel Adams, debates & Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87.

"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.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

-George Washington.

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. the supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."

-Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the federal Constitution (1787) in Pamphlets to the Constitution of the United States (P. Ford, 1888).

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. 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, proposed Virginia constitution, June 1776. 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C. J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them

- P.J. O'Rourke.

"If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.... If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed."

 - Thomas Jefferson

"Arms are the only true badges of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave."

- Andrew Fletcher, 1698

"Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom."

- Thomas Jefferson

"A Man should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

- Robert A. Heinlein

"It is better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees."

- Mordechai Anielewicz, 1920-1943, Warsaw, Poland

"No writing can guarantee us anything. Only eternal vigilance and a willingness to fight can do that. And then only if we are lucky to boot."

- Pete Georgiades

"We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction."

- Aesop

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

- Edmund Burke


"If you fear to fail, you will fail for fear."


"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

- Daniel Webster


 "Until one is personally invested, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which  kills countless grand ideas and splendid plans:


Helpful things come to pass, that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you do, or dare, begin it.  IN AUDACITY THERE IS GENIUS,  POWER, AND MAGIC.  Begin now!"


"Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it."

- George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, 1893-1952

None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free...

-Author: Unknown

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, then timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."

 - Mark Twain


You Cannot Conquer a Free Man, The Best You Can Do is Kill Him.

-Author Unknown


It has been my experience that the less a person knows about combat, the more he feels the necessity to use an automatic weapon.

-Duncan Long

"Full auto is a good way to turn money into noise."

- Clint Smith


No foreign power or combination of foreign powers could by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected?
If it ever reach us it must spring from among us it cannot come from abroad, if destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be it's authors and finishers.

-Abraham Lincoln


"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American....There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English Language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

-Theodore Roosevelt 1907




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