First, we apologize because this week’s link is not a technical site, but given the current political imbroglio, we’ve been deluged by lots of things, including pithy gun-rights quotes. You may recognize some of these as having clanged into your inbox this week:
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. –“Washington”
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. — “Washington”
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. –“Jefferson”
The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.–“Jefferson”
Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion…in private self-defense.–“Adams”.
There’s only one problem (well, we could go all grammarian on “liberty teeth and keystone,” a construction that would never have passed G.W.’s practiced quill, but…). That problem is that every one of these quotes is as phony as our monthly Assclown of the Ides’s campaigns with Baron Munchhausen. If one of these is in your .sig, you have been PWN3D. (The Adams quote is actually edited to twist the meaning; the others appear to be fabrications).
You can prove it here: Bogus [Gun] Quotes Attributed to the Founders.
That’s one of many useful pages at GunCite: gun control and Second Amendment issues. Perhaps you want real, non-phony Founder quotes? GunCite’s got ‘em. And here are some from important Constitutional commentators.
Need a better .sig line? Here’s a few of our favorites.
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind.,,, Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. – Thos. Jefferson, 1785.
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed. –Noah Webster, 1787.
The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. -St.George Tucker, 1803.
The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people. — William Rawle, 1829.
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. — Thos. Jefferson, 1776. (Note: Jefferson is the unchallenged king of having bogus quotes attributed to him, on any subject you care to name, but this one is rock solid, from his draft of the Virginia Constitution. The State went with George Mason’s competing draft instead).
The site has more than just quotes from old dead white guys, and you will find it worthwhile. We found this page particularly useful: it’s a handy collection of quotes, legal opinions and statements that you can deploy next time your sister rolls her eyes and says, “nobody wants to take your guns.” You’ll probably be surprised what a wide range of grasping little gremlins say they want to take your guns. (Mind you, it could do with updating. Because more people than ever want to take your guns).
GunCite has no flash (or Flash), no color to speak of, nothing but links and blocks of text, which make it an extremely high-density source of reliable information. Recommended.