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Sure Shot Consulting: Excerpts

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."

Plato, 427 BC - 347 BC

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Frankin, 1759

"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."

 

 

Cesare Beccaria: celebrated 18th century Italian author of clasical criminal theory which ultimately helped to fashion the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and our criminal justice system, 1764 - "On Crimes & Punishments"

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property...Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."

Thomas Paine - Thoughts on Defensive War, 1775

"The Constitution [shall] be never construed to...prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

Samuel Adams - Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth keystone...the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable...more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. When firearms goes, all goes, we need them every hour."

George Washington - Address to 1st Congress, 1789

"God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it."

Daniel Webster, 1834

"One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is by disarming the people and making it an offense to keep arms."

Joseph Story - Constitutional scholar, 1840

"Don't interfere with anything in the constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties."

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

"As yet no nation can hold its place in the world, or can do any work really worth doing, unless it stands ready to guard its rights with an armed hand."

Theodore Roosevelt, 1897

"The depravity of the business classes of our country is not less than has been supposed but infinitely greater. The official services of America, national, state, and municipal, in all their branches and departments...are saturated in corruption, bribery, falsehood and mal-administration."   


Walt Whitman - A late 19th/early 20th Century, astute observation of local NYC government

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of Arms as the blackest."

Mohatma Gandhi, 1918

"Never turn your back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half."

Winston Churchill, 1941

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face...You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1960

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Martin Luther King, 1963

"The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance."

Lydon Baines Johnson, 1968

"In the two centuries that have passed since 1776, millions upon millions of Americans have worked and taken up arms, when necessary, to make [the American] dream a reality. We can be proud of what they have accomplished. Today, we are the world's oldest republic. We are at peace. Our nation and our way of life endure. And we are free."

Gerald R. Ford, 1976

"[C]ourts have without exception concluded that when a municipality or other governmental entity undertakes to furnish police services, it assumes a duty only to the public at large and not to the individual members of the community."

444 A.2d1 (D.C. App. 1981) - Warren v. D.C. Metropoliton Police Dept.

"We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."

Ronald Reagan, 1984

"Guns are not always the answer, but obtaining a firearm has saved the lives of many...While I favor keeping guns out of the hands of felons, youths and the mentally impaired, I oppose adding more bureaucratic obstacles that attempt to fight crime by disarming its victims."

Peter Kasler, 1991 - New York Times

"Buy a gun. Learn to use it safely and appropriately. Carry it with you at all times. Be prepared to defend yourself, your loved ones, and your neighborhoods."

J. Neil Schulman, 1992 - ABC TV World News Tonight, during the Los Angeles Riots

"You know why there's a second amendment? In case the government doesn't obey the first one."

Rush Limbaugh, 1993

"There's no such thing as a good gun. There's no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys."

Charlton Heston, former NRA president, 1997

"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." 

Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama, 2001
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