Doing it again for old time's sake-
This is a re-re-re-print of one of my favorite articles. feel free, as I said, to add your favorites in the comment section. If I think they are good enough, I'll add them to the body of the article, as well. NOTE the changes I've been forced to make to my Comment rules. I don't like'em any more than some of you will. Blame NV for them.
This is going to be a selection of pro-gun and pro-liberty quotes from various sources, famous and not-so-much. I'll edit this article and add more as they occur to me. YOU can add to this in the comment section. Please attribute the quotes where possible. Even give quotes of your own! No quote is too over-used. If you are anti-gun, fell free to be ignored if you get obnoxious. Here's a few to start.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Benjamin Franklin.
"The right to buy weapons is the right to be free."
—A.E. van Vogt (1951)
"An armed man is a citizen, an un-armed man is a slave" (Sometimes ended as "subject") Robert A. Heinlein
"An Armed Society is a polite Society" Robert A. Heinlein
"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." (Often attributed to G. Washington, there is doubt as to it's veracity as a quote. If he didn't say it, he should have!)
"I've heard that phallic symbol argument before, and always from ineffectual people driven to make everyone else as helpless as they are. who's more confused, those who think weapons are sexual organs, or those who want to take everyone's sexual organs away?." Clarissa Olson, a character in "The Probability Broach", L. Neil Smith, author.
"No one has ever raped a .38! " Paxton Quigley, a pre-eminent female self defense instructor.
"Make love, not war, but be prepared for both!" Anonymous
"God created all men. Colonel Colt made'em equal!" If you know, tell me!
"The only thing that can make a 110 lb woman the physical equal to a 220 lb man is 2 lbs of Hartford steel." Various forms heard, author unknown (Hartford, Connecticutt, home of Colt Firearms)
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry
"I know not what course Y'all might take, but as for me, Give me Liberty or Die, Motherfucker DIE!!" Neale Osborn and A.X. Perez, November, 2010
"Take a gun with you on all your walks." Thomas Jefferson to his nephew (supplied by L.Neil Smith and Robertlyn Schultz)
The following is taken verbatim from "The Probability Broach", a novel by pre-eminent Libertarian author L. Neil Smith. Permission granted by author after a request by myself. Permission may be verified by e-mailing to Mr. Smith at
"Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220 pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110 pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out. Is that evil? Is that wrong?" Also, Clarissa Olson to Lieutenant Win Bear, in said novel.
This is from the esteemed Mr. Smith, but NOT from any novel-
“Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable
individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and
carry, openly or concealed, any weapon — rifle, shotgun, handgun,
machinegun, _anything— — any time, any place, without asking anyone’s
permission.” The Atlanta Declaration of the Libertarian Party, written by L. Neil Smith. The author of this article is a signatory to same.
The following are from the comment section, but were so good I mved them up here verbatim- Originators unknown, but supplied by Mark in Wyoming;
I don’t carry a gun……..
…to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in this world.
I don’t carry a gun because I am evil. I carry a gun because I’ve lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry. I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because my sex organs are too small. I carry a gun because I want to continue to use those sex organs for the purpose they were intended for a good long time to come.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because a real man knows how to take care and protect their property, themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing armed thugs I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
I don’t carry a gun to shoot to kill someone. I carry a gun and would shoot as necessary to stay alive. If the assailant dies as a result of a desire to harm me, it’s no loss to society
All the following is from a single work of L. Neil Smith;
"[I]f a politician won't trust you, why should you trust him? If he's a
man - and you're not - what does his lack of trust tell you about his real
attitude toward women? If 'he' happens to be a woman, what makes her so
perverse that she's eager to render her fellow women helpless on the mean
and seedy streets her policies helped create? Should you believe her when
she says she wants to help you by imposing some infantile group health care
program on you at the point of the kind of gun she doesn't want you to have?
"On the other hand - or the other party - should you believe anything
politicians say who claim they stand for freedom, but drag their feet and
make excuses about repealing limits on your right to own and carry weapons?
What does this tell you about their real motives for ignoring voters and
ramming through one infantile group trade agreement after another with other
"Makes voting simpler, doesn't it? You don't have to study every issue -
health care, international trade - all you have to do is use this X-ray
machine, this Vulcan mind-meld, to get beyond their empty words and find out
how politicians really feel. About you. And that, of course, is why they
L. Neil Smith, Sept, 1999, "Why did it have to be guns?"
"Since the criminals, being criminals, are NOT going to obey bans, the law-abiding citizen MUST have the ability to fight fire with firepower." Neale Osborn, January 27, 2011.
"Guns don't kill people. Criminals do!" Sourcve unknown, added by Vic, below!
"Teddy Kennedy has killed more people with his car than I have with ALL my guns, combined."