Most people have an opinion on volatile issues like gun control. You hear of liberal politicians and celebrities quoted about their opinions on why we need to have gun control. Usually though, when the press quotes a pro gun politician or celebrity, they only quote the wild and crazy quotes that make gun owners seem like lunatics. There are actually a number of people in America that support the right to carry a gun and support the Second Amendment and many of their reasons make perfect sense. Here are 10 of the best pro gun quotes that make sense.
1 Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence…. From the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable…. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference; they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good… A free people ought to be armed. – George Washington
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. -Thomas Jefferson.
How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of. – Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp (she lost both parents in the 1991 Luby’s cafeteria massacre)
The right is absolute. In a free nation, government has no authority to forbid me from speaking because I might shout “fire” in a crowded theater. Government has no authority to forbid me from using my fist to defend myself because I might also use it to strike your nose. And government has no authority to forbid me from owning a firearm because I might shoot an innocent victim. Government is there to assure that the full force of the law can be brought against me if I discharge that right in a manner that threatens the rights of others. It does not have the authority to deny me those very rights for fear I might misuse them. – CA State Senator (R) Tom McClintock, 2001.
5 ” … the right to defend one’s home and one’s person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law.” – Martin Luther King
”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… The Second 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
”The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.” -James Earl Jones
”If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying — that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 — establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime.” -Senator Orrin Hatch
”I sympathize with people who want to ban guns, but I can’t agree with them. We have to be careful in our zeal to abolish guns that we don’t wind up with counter-productive legislation that will leave armed only the people most likely to do harm with them.” -Hugh Downs
”These Sarah Brady types must be educated to understand that because we have an armed citizenry, that a dictatorship has not happened in America. These anti-gun fools are more dangerous to Liberty than street criminals or foreign spies.” -Theodore Haas, Dachau Survivor