A friend forwarded an interesting link to me concerning the topic of gun control. It was written by an Indian gun owner, who lamented the continued lawlessness and terrorist action in his part of the country, and blamed those things (and terrorism) in part on the lack of gun ownership in the general populace.
I’m not going to paste the full article, but rather the quotes on gun ownership from some notable figures of history. There are some real eye-openers here, as several individuals normally associated with “non-violence” and “peace” have in fact openly endorsed the right to bear arms. A notable socialist speaks out in favor of firearm rights (to my great shock–I’m used to them opposing such rights). And one of the most evil men in history endorses strict gun control, revealing precisely why we need the 2nd Amendment.
Adolf Hitler: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty.” (H.R. Trevor-Roper, Hitler’s Table Talks 1941-1944)
Mahatma Gandhi: “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.” — (An Autobiography OR The story of my experiments with truth, by M.K. Gandhi, p.238 )
Lenin: “A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.”
George Orwell (himself a socialist): “That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”
Sammy “The Bull” Gravano (notorious Mafia hit-man): “Gun control? It’s the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I’m a bad guy, I’m always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You’ll pull the trigger with a lock on, and I’ll pull the trigger. We’ll see who wins.”
Thomas Paine: “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…. Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them….” — Thoughts on Defensive War, 1775
The Dalai Lama: “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” (May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times) speaking at the “Educating Heart Summit” in Portland, Oregon, when asked by a girl how to react when a shooter takes aim at a classmate.
George Mason: “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”