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SAMUEL ADAMS, MEMBER OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS "That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of The United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms..."442 WILLIAM RAWLE, POST-REVOLUTION U.S. ATTORNEY "The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to Congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretense by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both."443 THOMAS PAINE, AMERICAN REVOLUTION POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER "Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order..." MAFIA INFORMANT SAMMY "THE BULL" GRAVANO "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 will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins." RICHARD HENRY LEE, MEMBER OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS “[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them;”444 ALEXANDER HAMILTON, AUTHOR OF THE FEDERALIST PAPERS "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."445 ZACHARIAH JOHNSON "The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them."446

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JAMES MADISON, AMERICAN FOUNDING FATHER “[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...[where] the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” OLIVER STONE, MOVIE DIRECTOR "I like automatic weapons. I fought for my right to use them in Vietnam." PATRICK HENRY, AMERICAN FOUNDING FATHER AND CATALYST FOR THE BILL OF RIGHTS "The great objective is that every man be armed ... . Everyone who is able may have a gun." MACHIAVELLI "The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom"436 “From this we plainly see the folly and imprudence of demanding a thing, and saying beforehand that it is intended to be used for evil; … For it is enough to ask a man to give up his arms, without telling him that you intend killing him with them; after you have the arms in hand, then you can do your will with them.”437 TENCHE COXE, REVOLUTIONARY ERA WRITER "As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."438 "Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people"439

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JOHN ADAMS, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES “Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs, and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would."427 "Here, every private person is authorized to arm himself, and on the strength of this authority, I do not deny the inhabitants had a right to arm themselves at that time, for their defense, not for offense..."428 ST. GEORGE TUCKER, AMERICAN REVOLUTION MAJOR AND POST REVOLUTION JUDGE "In America we may reasonably hope that the people will never cease to regard the right of keeping and bearing arms as the surest pledge of their liberty."429 WALTER MONDALE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AND U.S. AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN "Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them."430 THOMAS JEFFERSON, AUTHOR OF THE AMERICAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE "No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms (within his own lands or tenements)."431 "What country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."432 "The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."433 "One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them."434 "I learn with great concern that [one] portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a farm-house."435 "None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important."

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PRO-GUN QUOTES JOHN F. KENNEDY, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES "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." "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." MAHATMA GANDHI, PEACEFUL REVOLUTIONARY “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." ARISTOTLE "Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people." GEORGE ORWELL “The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there." HUBERT HUMPHREY, FORMER U.S. SENATOR AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES "Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.. .. The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against tyranny. .. "

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SARAH BRADY, CHAIRPERSON FOR HANDGUN CONTROL, INC. (NOW THE BRADY CAMPAIGN) "...I don't believe gun owners have rights.” "We would like to see, in the future, what we will probably call needs-based licensing of all weapons. ...Where it would make it much more difficult for anybody to be able to purchase handguns...." "To me, the only reason for guns in civilian hands is for sporting purposes.” JIM BRADY “[Handguns] For target shooting, that’s okay. Get a license and go to the range. For defense of the home, that’s why we have police.” ROSIE O'DONNELL, TV TALK SHOW HOSTESS “I think there should be a law -- and I know this is extreme -- that no one can have a gun in the U.S. If you have a gun, you go to jail. Only the police should have guns." “I don't care if you want to hunt, I don't care if you think it's your right. I say, sorry, you are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun I think you should go to prison." ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ, LAWYER AND FRANKFURTER PROFESSOR OF LAW “The Second Amendment has no place in modern society.” MICHAEL GARDNER, PRESIDENT OF NBC NEWS "There is no reason for anyone in this country ... 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.”

"In fact, only police, soldiers -- and, maybe, licensed target ranges -- should have handguns. No one else needs one." GARY WILLS, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST "Every civilized society must disarm its citizens against each other." The media in general A two-year study by the Media Research Center concluded that television reporters are overwhelmingly opposed to Second Amendment rights. For broadcasts from major networks from July 1, 1995 to June 30, 1997, covering 244 gun policy stories: • The ratio of anti-gun to pro-gun bias was 16:1. • Anti-gun spokespeople (Sarah Brady, etc) were given three times the number of sound bites than pro-gun spokespeople (NRA, etc). JANET RENO, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL "The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian populace." MARION BARRY, FORMER MAYOR, WASHINGTON D.C. "Our neighbors in Virginia are just as responsible for these killings as the criminals are because they won't pass strong gun [control] legislation."(ed: The claim being that citizens of Virginia were responsible for D.C. murders.)

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ACTS OF VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY MEMBERS OF GUN CONTROL ORGANIZATIONS • Barbara Graham, speaker at the “Million Mom March” in 2000, was convicted of shooting and paralyzing for life a man she mistook as one who had killed her son. • In Fort Collins, a woman who opposes the right of self-defense struck a member of the Tyranny Response Team with a clipboard. • At a rally in Boulder early in 2000, Robert Howell, vice president of the anti-gun Boulder Bell Campaign, attacked Shariar Ghalam, bloodying his nose. (Ghalam was carrying a concealed handgun but never drew it, not believing his life was in danger.) • In the summer of 2000, supporters of the anti-gun Million Mom March stole supplies from the Second Amendment Sisters and vandalized SAS property. • Ari Armstrong, a pro-civil rights activist in Colorado, received threatening telephone calls allegedly from members of S.A.F.E (an anti-gun group) after Ari appeared on television promoting firearm freedoms

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pt 2 FRANK LAUTENBERG, U.S. SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY "We have other legislation that all of you are aware that I have been so active on, with my colleagues here, and that is to shut down the gun shows.” ADOLPH 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 their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.” HOWARD METZENBAUM, FORMER U.S. SENATOR "No, we're not looking at how to control criminals ... we're talking about banning the AK- 47 and semi-automatic guns." CHARLES PASHAYAN, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FROM CALIFORNIA "All of this has to be understood as part of a process leading ultimately to a treaty that will give an international body power over our domestic laws." PETE STARK, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FROM CALIFORNIA "If a bill to ban handguns came to the house floor, I would vote for it.” WILLIAM CLAY, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FROM MISSOURI " .. .we need much stricter gun control, and eventually should bar the ownership of handguns" JOSEPH BIDEN, U.S. SENATOR FROM DELAWARE "Banning guns is an idea whose time has come." JOHN CHAFEE, FORMER U.S. SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND “I shortly will introduce legislation banning the sale, manufacture or possession of handguns (with exceptions for law enforcement and licensed target clubs).. . . It is time to act. We cannot go on like this. Ban them!” JAN SCHAKOWSKY, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FROM ILLINOIS “I believe... ..this is my final word. ..I believe that I'm supporting the Constitution of the United States which does not give the right for any individual to own a handgun.

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FAMOUS GUN GRABBERS Politicians BILL CLINTON, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES "Only the police should have handguns." “When we got organized as a country, we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans. There’s too much personal freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.” Fact: Wang Jun – son of the late Chinese President Wang Zhen – who is chairman of the China International Trade and Investment Company and President of Polytechnologies Corp., attended a White House coffee with Clinton in February 1996 and was granted a meeting with Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown the next day. He was also connected to more than $600,000 in illegal campaign contributions to the Democrats, the report said. Polytechnologies is an arms-trading company indicted for trying to smuggle 2,000 Chinese AK-47 assault rifles into the United States and it is the largest of the corporate structures owned by the People's Liberation Army. V.I. LENIN "One man with a gun can control 100 without one. .. . Make mass searches and hold executions for found arms," DIANNE FEINSTEIN, U.S. SENATOR FROM CALIFORNIA "Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.” "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them; "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in," I would have done it.” "The National Guard fulfills the militia mentioned in the Second amendment. Citizens no longer need to protect the states or themselves." JOSEPH STALIN "If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves." pt 1

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Myth: The Second Amendment is a collective right, not an individual right Fact: St. George Tucker, any early legal commentator and authority of the original meaning of the constitution wrote in Blackstone’s Commentaries "… nor will the constitution permit any prohibition of arms to the people” (354) Fact: The Second Amendment was listed in a Supreme Court ruling as an individual right.(355) Fact: The Supreme Court specifically reaffirmed that the right to keep and bear arms did not belong to the government.(356) Fact: In 22 of the 27 instances where the Supreme Court mentions the Second Amendment, they quote the rights clause and not the justification clause. Fact: Courts disagree. “We find that the history of the Second Amendment reinforces the plain meaning of its text, namely that it protects individual Americans in their right to keep and bear arms whether or not they are a member of a select militia or performing active military service or training” and “We reject the collective rights and sophisticated collective rights models for interpreting the Second Amendment” (357) Fact: Citizens agree. 62% believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right, while a mere 28% believe it protects the power of the states to form militias.(358) Fact: There are 23 state constitutions with RKBA clauses adopted between the Revolution and 1845, and 20 of them are explicitly individual in nature, only three have "for the common defense...." or other “collective rights” clauses.(359) 353 Eugene Volokh, Prof. Law, UCLA 354 Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries, Vol 1. Note D. Part 6. Restraints on Powers of Congress (1803). 355 Dred Scott, Casey v. Planned Parenthood, U.S. v. Cruikshank and others 356 United States v. Miller 357 U.S. v. Emerson, 5th court of Appeals decision, November 2, 2001, No. 99-10331 358 Associated Television News Survey, August 1999, 1,007 likely voters 359 Clayton Cramer, historian, author of For the “Defense of Themselves and the State” (Praeger Press, 1994), cited as an authority in USA v. Emerson (N.D. Texas 1999)

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