"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
John F. Kennedy
"I am pleased to accept Life Membership in the National Rifle Association and extend to your organization every good wish for continued success."
John F. Kennedy, March 20, 1961
"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, April 1960
Malcolm X, 3/12/64
"I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor."
"Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power."
Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese author
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans ..."
Wm. J "Bill" Clinton
"If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees ..."
Wm. J "Bill" Clinton
"There is no reason for anyone in this country- anyone except a police officer or military person- to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun. The only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns ..."
Wm. J "Bill" Clinton
"If it was up to me, no one but law enforcement officers would own hand guns..."
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Federal Gun Legislation Press Conference in Washington, D.C., November 13, 1998.
"I don't care if you think it's your right. I say: Sorry, it's 1999. We have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun I think you should go to prison."
"I believe all handguns should be abolished"
Sen. John Chafee: The Associated Press, January 9, 1997
"We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We're going to beat guns into submission!"
Rep. Charles Schumer: Press Conference, December 8, 1993
"Guns don't kill people; bullets do. It is time the federal government began taxing handgun ammunition used in crime out of existence."
Sen. D. P. Moynihan: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 4, 1993
"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out-right ban, picking up every one of them... 'Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in,' I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren't here."
Senator Dianne Feinstein: CBS-TV's "60 Minutes", February 5, 1995 Sam Donaldson:
"My personal opinion is that guns kill people."
Sam Donaldson: ABC News Primetime Live, February 22, 1990
"There is no reason for anyone in the country, for anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use, a handgun. The only way to control handguns use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution."
Michael Gartner: Former President of NBC News, USA Today, January 16, 1992
"And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition - except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors totally illegal."
Pete Shields, Chairman, Handgun Control Inc.
"If it were up to me we'd ban them all [firearms]."
Mel Reynolds (U.S. Congressman) CNN Crossfire 9 Dec 93
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Public Health and Safety Act of 1993 on behalf of myself and nine of my colleagues: Mel Reynolds, Bill Clay, Jerry Nadler, Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Lewis, Nydia Velazquez, Ron Dellums, Carrie Meek, and Alcee Hastings. This legislation, first introduced in the Senate by Senator John Chafee, would prohibit the transfer or possession of handguns and handgun ammunition, except in limited circumstances. It would go a long way toward protecting our citizens from violent crime. The need for a ban on handguns cannot be overstated. Unlike rifles and shotguns, handguns are easily concealable. Consequently, they are the weapons of choice in most murders, accounting for the deaths of 25,000 Americans in 1991......"
Rep. Stephen J. Solarz, New York (August 12, 1992, The Congressional Record, 102nd Congress, 1992-1993, Daily Edition E2492-2493.)
"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."
Adolph Hitler: April 11, 1942,
quoted in Hitler's Tischegesprache
Im Fuhrerhauptquartier 1941-1942,
[Hitler's table-Talk at the Fuhrer's Headquarters 1941-1942],
Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaum-Verlag, Bonn, 1951);
The original source is notes taken by Hitler associate
Martin Bormann, a document called Bormann-Vermerke.
"When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that, either for cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you."
Machiavelli in The Prince