"A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device
to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
[Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov] (1870 - 1924), First Leader of the Soviet Union
Questionable: supposedly from "The Beginning of the Revolution in Russia", Selected Works, Vol. I, International Publishers, New York, 1967, however, the quote does not appear in the text
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Again, five stars for illustrative value. No stars for 'motto' value. Confusing? Read it again. Where have I heard the equivalent of this tack recently? Lenin was a student of what went wrong (right) in the American experience. It took a long time to even begin to undo his 'good' works. It'll take a lot longer to find out if his 'good' works can ever completely be undone.
 -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA
Bill Clinton agreed with Lenin on this issue. No kidding. See his quotes.
 -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood
Indeed, and thus the only guns that make sense to license & register are those which are built for killing people not hunting: glocks, machine guns, sniper rifles (and yes, there is a difference between a good hunting rifle and a good sniper rifle which is inappropriate for hunting).
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN 
Look, folks, don't fall for the big lie -- if we take away the guns from the people, that won't rid us of the danger of guns -- the guns aren't going away -- they just will end up in the hands of other 'people'. If people cannot be trusted with guns, then who the hell do we think the government is? This is collectivist double-think. And then who decides who can have the power to defend themselves and who cannot?
 -- E Archer, NYC
Hey! Where's the kook from Reston? http://eugeneunderground.blogspot.com/
 -- Bob, Eugene Orygun
 -- Anonymous, Raleigh, NC 
Socialists/Communists fear guns.
 -- Mike, Mount Holly, NC
David L. Rosenthal, Perhaps you'd be so kind as to provide us with some inkling of which Bill Clinton quotes lead you to the conclusion that "Bill Clinton agreed with Lenin on this issue" because, well, you know, I'm a little slow on the uptake.
 -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA
Hey Anonymous from Reston, Let me get this straight...If an idiot is hell-bent on shooting up a school, he wouldn't do it if the only weapons at his disposal were Remington 870's and grandpa's old Winchester that could drop an elk from 100 yards without a second thought? I can only hope you don't believe the nonsense you typed and are actually an outright gun-banner. Otherwise your lack of logic leaves me utterly confused. The quote gets 5 stars for appropriately defining where gun-banners ideas belong - in the ash-heap of histories despots.
 -- Helberg, Minnesota
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI 
Another living and dead example of why individuals must have the right to keep and bear arms.
 -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!
Can you furnish a source for this quote? On paper it may look good and something that Lenin might say. But using it does not make for good sport when called upon to give a source.
 -- Harvey Russell, Beaumont, TX
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 -- Editor, Liberty Quotes
The quote is referenced in "The Beginning of the Revolution in Russia", Selected Works, Vol. I, International Publishers, New York, 1967
 -- Chicago
Thanks, Chicago. The source has been updated, but we still need a date of the quote. Cheers.
 -- Editor, Liberty Quotes
It is a fact that despots and tyrants throughout history mark their rise to power by confiscating weapons from the populace -- and then requiring neighboring nations to do the same -- if not, they are invaded. They eventually invade the other countries anyway -- they just prefer not to be shot at in the process.
 -- Chicago
Thanks to you, Chicago for the source.
 -- Harvey Russell, Beaumont
Editor, I understand the source is not always readily available, and the thought of the content is what counts.However, when dealing with skeptics that require sourcing, without one, it puts one at a distinct disadvantage.
 -- Harvey Russell, Beaumont
Thanks, Harvey. We can use all the help we can get. The search for truth is an arduous one -- its publication, a duty. ;-)
 -- Editor, Liberty Quotes
 -- Anonymous 
Absolutely the truth. Our politicians are slowly taking away our liberty and leading us into slavery. We are being watched like this is a police state. If we don't protest now soon it will be a police state. What will eight years of Obama bring?
 -- Simo Hayha, Phoenix
This isn't a correct quote. In the article it's referenced from Lenin encourages the arming of citizens. You can read the original translation here: http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1905/jan/25.htm Some bad info on this has gone around the net as fact.
 -- kicker, Arlington,VA
The more things change the more they stay the same.
 -- icono1, Lexington, Ky.
My grandmother left Russia before Communism took over and never saw her mother and sisters again so all you dumkofs that want this form of oppressive government are what my father would say "Idiots"!
 -- Sandy, Huntington Beach
Welcome to Amerika, The malignant statist theocracy infesting this land by way of occupation knows well the despotism of compelled compliance, licensing, and registration.
 -- Mike, Norwalk
Mike, statist theocracy? I'll buy the first concept but this nation is as Godless as the USSR was, we just choose to deny it openly.
 -- Anonymous, Omaha
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