Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.— George Washington
Courageous Second Amendment quotations
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it.
The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.
The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own.
Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms.
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an Americans.
Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe until a trespass on the Constitution provisions for either, shall be felt with the same keenness that resents and invasion of the dearest rights.
A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined;
to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.
When they took the Fourth Amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs.
When they took the Sixth Amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent. When they took the Second Amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun. Now they've come for the First Amendment, and I can't say anything at all.
Loving the Second Amendment while opposing the NRA is every bit as natural as loving Jesus while opposing Westboro Baptist Church.
Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
It is often easier for our children to obtain a gun than it is to find a good school.
The National Guard fulfills the militia mentioned in the Second amendment.
Citizens no longer need to protect the states or themselves.
A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined;
to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite.
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.
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. - Second Amendment to the Constitution An armed society is a polite society.
Gun control means being able to hit your target.
If I have a 'hot button' issue, this is definitely it. Don't even think about taking my guns. My rights are not negotiable, and I am totally unwilling to compromise when it comes to the Second Amendment.
The fundamental force behind the Second Amendment is to empower the people and give them the greatest measure of authority over the tyranny of runaway government.
A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves.
.. and include all men capable of bearing arms.
You know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.
The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we've got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?
Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a safety hazard don't see the danger of the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don't like.
The unarmed man is not just defenseless - he is also contemptible.
A Cultist is one who has a strong belief in the Bible and the Second Coming of Christ; who frequently attends Bible studies; who has a high level of financial giving to a Christian cause; who home schools his children; who has accumulated survival foods and has a strong belief in the 2nd Amendment, and who distrusts Big Government.
Gun control has proved to be a grievous failure, a means of disarming honest citizens without limiting firepower available to those who prey on the law-abiding. Attempting to use the legal system to punish the weapon rather than the person misusing the weapon is similarly doomed to fail.
Without either the first or second amendment, we would have no liberty;
the first allows us to find out what's happening, the second allows us to do something about it! The second will be taken away first, followed by the first and then the rest of our freedoms.
Ultimately, I wanted to own a big truck, exercise my second Amendment rights, listen to hardcore music, and let my congressman know how poorly he represents me. None of this could occur in France.
The Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillery.
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 Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear.
The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.
The Second Amendment reveals a profound principle of American government - the principle of civilian ascendency over the military.
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 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.
Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order.
Let us remind ourselves again that the Second Amendment of the US Constitution should be referred to as the Statute of Liberty.