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I OWN FIREARMS BECAUSE...
by history
Monday Oct 29th, 2007 12:05 PM
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.
I OWN FIREARMS BECAUSE...

I Own Firearms Because A Bunch Of Folks Said I Should:

1) "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.

2) "The best we can hope for concerning the people at
large is that they be properly armed."
~ Alexander Hamilton.

3) "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer
in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property."
~ Thomas Paine.

4) "Americans need not fear the federal government because
they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess
over the people of almost every other nation."
~ James Madison.

5) "The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains
evil interference; they deserve a place of honor with all that's
good." ~ George Washington.

6) "The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone
who is able may have a gun." ~ Patrick Henry.

7) "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those
who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes"
~ Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria.

8) "To disarm the people is the best and most effectual
way to enslave them." ~ George Mason.

9) "The said Constitution be never construed... to prevent
the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens
from keeping their own arms." ~ Samuel Adams.

10) "But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more
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." ~ Hubert Humphrey.

11) "I carried it (a revolver) religiously and during the
summer I asked a friend, a man who had been one of
Franklin's bodyguards in New York State, to give me some
practice in target shooting so that if the need arose I would
know how to use the gun." ~ Eleanore Roosevelt.

12) "By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia', the
'security' of the nation, and the right of each citizen 'to
keep and bear arms', our founding fathers recognized the
essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is
extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny
which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a
major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains
an important declaration of our basic civilian-military
relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to
participate in the defense of his country. For that reason,
I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."
~ John F. Kennedy.
I Own Firearms Because History Says I Should:

13) 1911: Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to

1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.

14) 1929: Soviet Union established gun
control. From 1929
to 1953, about 40-60 million citizens, unable to defend
themselves, were rounded up and exterminated or starved
to death.

15) 1935: China established gun control. From 1948 to 1952,
20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.

16) 1938: Germany established gun control. From 1939 to
1945, 13 million Jews, Catholics and others who were unable
to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

17a) 1956: Cambodia established gun control. From 1975
to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend
themselves, were rounded up and exterminated."

17b) In 1957 Castro came to power backed by the Citizens of Cuba and
in his first year in power he told the Cuban people, We are a peacable
people and we do not need guns. Most Cubans foolishly turned in their
guns to the Castro government, Then he announced he was a Communist and
they were all screwed for the next 50 years + !

18) 1964: Guatemala established gun control. From 1964
to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend
themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

19) 1966-1976: China still has gun control. Another 50 to
100 million civilians, unable to defend themselves, were
killed in Mao Tse Tung's "Cultural Revolution".

20) 1970: Uganda established gun control. From 1971 to
1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.

21) 1990s: Rwanda established gun control. In a span of
100 days in April 1994, 800,000 people who were unable to
defend themselves were massacred to death - most by
machetes. How many dead, hacked-up bodies do you think
were found holding a loaded gun? (answer is less than one)

22) 1992: Los Angeles California, USA. For three days police
stood by and watched, unable to stop the rioting, arson and
destruction of whole neighborhoods. Yet many Korean stores
were virtually untouched - protected by their well-armed
storeowners who exercised their right to self-defense through
their right to keep and bear arms and who did for themselves
what the police were unwilling or unable to do.

23) Late 1990s: Great Britain established total gun control.
Robberies, burglaries and assaults have skyrocketed making
London's violent crime rate now higher than anywhere
in America.

24) "Every good communist should know that political power
grows out of the barrel of a gun." ~ Mao Tse Tung

25) "Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns
doesn't serve the State." ~ Heinrich Himmler.
I Own Firearms Because It Is My God-Given Right To
Self-Defense:

26) "If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so
that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed."
~ Exodus 22:2

27) "...he who has no sword, let him sell his garment
and buy one." ~ Luke 22:36
28) "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own
palace, his goods are in peace." ~ Luke 11:21

29) "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men
are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." ~ Declaration of
Independence
I Own Firearms Because I Have Common Sense:

30) A gun-owner his far more likely to be killed in a car
accident or by drowning in a swimming pool or by physician
mistakes than from owning a gun.

31) Criminals fear victims holding guns, not victims holding
phones.

32) 2 million times a year, private citizens successfully use
guns to defend themselves.
I Own Firearms Because There Are Those With Power Who,
If Given The Chance, Would Force Me To Relinquish Them:

33) "Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of
Americans to feel safe." ~ Sen. Diane Feinstein D-CA,
quoted by AP, 11/18/93.

34) "We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless
legislative strategy! We're going to beat guns into
submission!" ~ Rep. Charles Schumer D-NY, quoted on
NBC, 12/8/93

35) "For target shooting, that's okay. Get a license and go
to the range. For defense of the home, that's why we have
police departments." ~ James Brady.

36) "The sale of guns must stop. Halfway measures are not
enough." ~ Sarah Brady.

37) "Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a
step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal."
~ Former Attorney General Janet Reno.

38) "The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of
the people" ~ Former President Bill Clinton, interview on
MTV 1993

39) "I don't care about crime. I just want to get the guns."
~ Former Senator Howard Metzenbaum, D-OH during
Brady Bill debates.

40) "If someone is so fearful that, that they're going to
start using their weapons to protect their rights, makes
me very nervous that these people have these weapons
at all!" ~ Rep. Henry Waxman, D-NY, 5/2001 MSNBC
report on .50BMG rifles.
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