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
Bashful Founding Fathers Gun quotations
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
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 band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.
The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.
You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. s with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
Just as the First and Fourth Amendment secure individual rights of speech and security respectively, the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. This view of the text comports with the all but unanimous understanding of the Founding Fathers.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The militia, who are in fact the effective part of the people at large, will render many troops quite unecessary. They will form a powerful check upon the regular troops, and will generally be sufficient to over-awe them.
I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - thing I had no words for.
I have sworn upon the altar of god.
The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.
The balance of power is the scale of peace.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe.
For an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace.
Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.
O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone.
... for it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of insuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.
I ask you sir, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people.
Don't lose yourself just because you found somebody
The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic.
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
This [a state militia system] appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.
Watch you thoughts, for they become words. Watch you words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for the become you character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that. And I think I am fine.
To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.
The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. 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.
The Founding Fathers did not believe the primary purpose of their guns was to hunt ducks, but to keep the government in line within the bounds of the Constitution. The Founding Fathers said that armed citizens are a bulwark against a tyrant in the White House.