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ALABAMA CONSTITUTION – That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty and
property, and when government assumes other functions, it is usurpation and oppression. - article I.
Confucius - To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice.
Copernicus, Nicholaus (1473-1543. Polish astronomer) - Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost
imperceptible manner by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through its excessive quantity... - 1525
Cottrol, Robert J, and Raymond T. Diamond (Robert Cottrol a professor at Rutgers School of Law and George Washington University; Raymond
Diamond is a professor of law at Tulane University School of Law – both are members of the ACLU and the NAACP) – We have, in the twentieth century, seen the rise of monstrous states capable of deprivations of
liberty far in excess of anything that the English Whigs who authored the Declaration of Rights of 1689—or their American successors in 1791—
could have envisioned. ... That, in light of the history of the twentieth century, those we rely on for serious constitutional and political commentary
have failed to examine the issues of whether the state should have a monopoly of force and whether an armed population might still play an important
role in deterring government excesses bespeaks a dangerous intellectual cowardice, a self-imposed limit on political and constitutional discourse that
causes us largely to ignore one of the most critical questions of our time. - Book Review. The Fifth Auxiliary Right, 104 YALE L.J. 995, 1025-26
(1994), a review of Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm’s TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS: THE ORIGIN OF AN ANGLO-AMERICAN RIGHT (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University
Press, 1994), Dr. Malcolm is a professor of history at Bentley College.
Cottrol, Robert J., and Raymond T. Diamond - [A] society with a dismal record of protecting a people has a dubious claim on the right to disarm
them. - The Second Amendment: Toward an Afro-Americanist Reconsideration, 80 GEO. L. J. 309, 361 (1991).
Crane, Edward H. - Today, a potential citizen legislator sees few open seats, knows that odds are 10-1 he’ll lose against an incumbent, and that even
if he did win he’d have to serve a long time to have much influence. Real term limits—six years in the house—would change that dynamic. - Can
Washington Change?, REASON, p. 23, August/September 1996.
Cummings, Homer S. (U.S. Attorney General) – [W]e have no inherent police powers to go into certain localities and deal with local crime.
- National Firearms Act: Hearings on H.R. 9066, Before the House Committee on Ways and Means, 73d Cong., 2d Sess. 6 (1934).
DELAWARE CONSTITUTION - A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for hunting and
recreational use. - article I, section 20.
DeLolme, Jean L. (1740-1807; Swiss constitutional scholar and historian, migrated to England) - The power of the people is not when they strike,
but when they keep in awe: it is when they can overthrow everything, that they never need to move.... - 1775, THE CONSTITUTION OF ENGLAND, at 219
(John MacGregor ed., London, J. Cuthell 1853).
Deressa, Yonas – [T]he World Bank has contributed as much to agricultural disaster in Ethiopia as the governments themselves. -
President, Ethiopian Refugees Education and Relief Foundation.
Dowlut, Robert – [A]n insincere interpretation of the Second Amendment and its state equivalents has led to the militia movement and has eroded
respect for American government. - Arms: A Right to Self-Defense Against Criminals and Despots, 8 STANFORD L. & POL’Y REV. 25,25 (1997).
Einstein, Albert - The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
Euripides (480? – 406 B.C., Greek dramatist)– A slave is he who cannot speak his thought.
French, Douglas E. (Vice President for commercial real estate lending for a bank in Las Vegas, NV) - All that central banks offer are currencies that
lose value—the best depreciate quickly (50 percent in 20 years for the German Bundesbank from 1971 to 1991), the worst lose their value virtually
overnight. I’ll take free banking and a gold standard outside government any time. - Book Review: The Central Banks, THE FREEMAN p. 841,
Friedman, Milton - What you have to do to have a change is not simply elect the right people, but to change the institutional arrangement so the
incentives which they have are different. If you’re a member of Congress today, what’s your main incentive? Your main incentive is to get reelected
.... If you’re in there for only six years, as would be the maximum [with term limits] ... your main incentive is not going to be to get reelected. Your
main incentive is going to be to try to achieve for the country what you got elected for. ... The short term limit would attract a different kind of
candidate. It would not be attractive to those who would like to be professional politicians. But it will be attractive to a large number of people who
would like to spend a few years promoting the public interest, the citizen representative. - October 27, 1995, made to a gathering of U.S. Term
Limits donors in San Francisco.
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand (1869-1948; Indian nationalist, known as Mahatma) - I do believe that where there is a choice only between
cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was
almost fatally assaulted in 1908, whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used physical force which he could
and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. - Young India, August 11, 1920; quoted by
Louis Fischer THE ESSENTIAL INDIA pp 156-57.
Gawain, Shatki - Evil is like a shadow - it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by
trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you
must shine light on it. -Shakti Gawain, teacher and author - (b. 1948)
Hamilton, Alexander - The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the state except when called out; a permanent or long
standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call. - THE FEDERALIST No. 28.
Hart, Roswell (Representative from New York in the Reconstruction Congress – [Our form of government is one whose citizens] shall be entitled to
all privileges and immunities of other citizens;” where “no law shall be made prohibiting the free exercise of religion;” where “the right of the people
to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed;” where “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,” and where “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of
law. CONG. GLOBE, 39th Cong., 1st Sess. 1629 (1866).
Heinlein, Robert A. - .. I am opposed to all attempts to license or restrict the arming of individuals...I consider such laws a violation of civil liberty,
subversive of democratic political institutions, and self-defeating in their purpose. - in a 1949 letter concerning RED PLANET
Heinlein, Robert A. - Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
Heinlein, Robert A. - Censorship is never logical but, like cancer, it is dangerous to ignore when it shows up.
Heinlein, Robert A. - No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law.
Hornberger, Jacob G. – Political killings of innocent people could never happen in America, our fellow citizens tell us. America is a democracy.
but so was Nazi Germany. Hitler was popularly elected, and his economic policies were widely favored and acclaimed (by Germans and Americans!)
- The Nazi Mind-Set in America, THE TYRANNY OF GUN CONTROL, 59-60 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).
Hornberger, Jacob G. (founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation) - What Americans fail (or refuse) to recognize is that the
concentration camps were simply the logical extension of the Nazi mindset! It does not matter whether there were six million killed—or six hundred
—or six—or even one. The evil—the terrible, black evil—is the belief that a government should have the power to sacrifice even one individual for
the good of the nation. Once this basic philosophical premise and political power are conceded, innocent people, beginning with a few and inevitably
ending in multitudes, will be killed, because “the good of the nation” always ends up requiring it. - THE UNREPORTED NEWS, August 13, 1995; The
Nazi Mind-Set in America, THE TYRANNY OF GUN CONTROL, 59 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).
Jefferson, Thomas - I deny the power of the general government to making paper money, or anything else a legal tender.
Jefferson, Thomas - The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall; it keeps
the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government. - address to the Danbury
Baptists, January 1, 1802.
Johnson, Helen - Unified Civil Disobedience, applied to unconstitutional law, is an effective deterrent of attempted tyranny. - June, 1995.
Kinsley, Michael (lawyer-activist, co-host on CNN’s Crossfire) – The purpose of the First Amendment’s free-speech guarantee was pretty clearly to
protect political discourse. But liberals reject the notion that free speech is therefore limited to political topics, even broadly defined. True, that
purpose is not inscribed in the amendment itself. But why leap to the conclusion that the broadly worded constitutional freedom (“the right of the
people to keep and bear arms”) is narrowly limited by its stated purpose, unless you’re trying to explain it away? My New Republic colleague Mickey
Kaus says that if liberals interpreted the Second Amendment the way they interpret the rest of the Bill of Rights, there would be law professors
arguing that gun ownership is mandatory. - WASHINGTON POSt, January 8, 1990.
Kleck, Dr. Gary (criminologist, professor, Florida State University) - They must believe in the existence of a substantial number of persons who are
willing and able to break serious laws such as those prohibiting murder, assault, and robbery, yet who are not willing or able to break gun control
laws. - POINT BLANK: GUNS AND VIOLENCE IN AMERICA.
Kolko, Gabriel – The entire banking reform movement, at all crucial stages, was centralized in the hands of a few men who for years were linked
ideologically and personally, with one another. - THE TRIUMPH OF CONSERVATISM.
Kopel, David B.(lawyer, Research director-Independence Institute, Golden Colorado; Associate Policy Analyst - Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.;
B.A. 1982, Brown University; J.D. 1985, Univ. of Michigan, author) - To assert that constitutional protections only extend to the technologies in existence in 1791 ... would be to claim that the First
Amendment only protects the right to write with quill pens and not with computers, and that the fourth Amendment only protects the right to freedom
from unreasonable searches in log cabins and not in homes made from high-tech synthetics. Does “freedom of the press” in the Constitution’s First
Amendment, and its state counterparts, apply only to printing presses “of the sort” in use in 1789? Are printing technologies that rely on lead type
protected, while xerographic processes are not? Is a pamphlet distributed on floppy diskette or through electronic mail unprotected? Should the
Supreme court hold that presses capable of printing thousands of pages of libels per hour are not protected? The Constitution does not protect
particular physical objects, such as quill pens, muskets, or log cabins. Instead, the Constitution defines a relationship between individuals and the
government that applies to every new technology. - Article: A Tale of Three Cities: The Right to Bear Arms in State Supreme Courts, 68 Temple L.
Rev. 1177 (Fall 1995).
Kopel, David -Imagine that the year is 1900. You are told that within fifty years, a nation in the world will kill over six million members of a
religious minority. Which nation would you pick? If you were well-informed about world affairs, it is very unlikely that you would pick Germany. In
1900, Germany was a democratic, progressive nation. Jews living there enjoyed fuller acceptance in society than they did in Britain, France or the
United States. - commenting on whether a tyrannical or genocidal government could occur in America in Book Review: LETHAL LAWS. by Jay
Simpkin, Aaron Zelman, & Alan M. Rice, Jews for The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc., 2872 South Wentworth Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
53207, (414) 769-0760, 15 N.Y.L. SCH. J. INT’L & COMP. L. 355, 383 (1995).
Lao-Tzu – I let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes as common as the grass. - TAO TE CHING.
Lao-Tzu – If you want to be a great leader, you must learn to follow the Tao. Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts and the world
will govern itself. - TAO TE CHING (Circa 6th Century B.C.).
Lao-Tzu – Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing yourself is enlightenment.
Lao-Tzu – The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
Lao-Tzu – There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong, there is nothing that
can take precedence of it. - TAO TE CHING
Lao-Tzu – When taxes are too high, people go hungry. - TAO TE CHING.
Lao-Tzu – When you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
LaPierre, Wayne – Nothing erodes the spirit of the American people more than the constant fear that at any moment their home may be invaded or
that they may be attacked or killed. The best schools are of little value to the child who walks to school in fear of juvenile gangs in his or her
neighborhood. The resources of the best hospitals and health care system are squandered on the repair of the damage inflicted by chronic offenders
who daily stalk new victims. The best transportation systems become rivers of death when car-jackers or drive-by shooters can roam our streets with
virtual impunity. The best neighborhoods and the most vibrant local businesses deteriorate and are ruined when crime drives neighbors and
customers behind locked doors. Yet this sorry picture describes the situation in community after community across our country. - GUNS, CRIME
AND FREEDOM, p. 115.
LaRosa, Benedict D. – Let’s face it, the only reason for gun registration is eventual gun confiscation. And the only reason behind gun confiscation is
eventual tyranny. - Gun control: A Historical Perspective, THE TYRANNY OF GUN CONTROL, 53 (Future of Freedom Foundation 1997).
Law Enforcement Alliance of America - The Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) ... actively works to promote the right of responsible
citizens to purchase, own, carry and use firearms for personal protection. LEAA believes every community’s safety and welfare depends upon a
relationship of trust and co-operation between law enforcement and responsible citizens. ... LEAA believes firearms in the hands of responsible
citizens threaten only criminals. - (LEAA, (703) 847-COPS, (800) 766-8578, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite 421, Falls Church , VA 22043).
Lund, Nelson (Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law; Ph.D. 1981 Harvard University; J.D. 1985 University of Chicago) – A
well regulated stock market being necessary to the prosperity of a free state, the right of the people to set the prices at which they buy and sell
securities shall not be infringed. - The Past and Future of the Individual’s Right to Bear Arms, 31 GA LAW REV. 1, 25 (1996).
Mathews, J. B. (Former chief investigator for the House Committee on Un-American Activities) - I challenge the illusion that the U.N. is an
instrument of peace. It could not be less of a cruel hoax if it had been organized in Hell for the sole purpose of aiding and abetting the destruction of
the United States.
Mises, Professor Ludwig von - What generates war is the economic philosophy of nationalism: embargoes, trade and foreign exchange controls,
monetary devaluation, etc. The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.
Paul, Dr. Ron – Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals.
Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By
encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial
group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the
protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and
competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity. Government and Racism, April 16, 2007
Paul, Dr. Ron – We can achieve much more in peace than we can ever achieve in these needless, unconstitutional, undeclared wars. -
Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa, August 5, 2007
Paul, Dr. Ron – We go about the world, fighting to spread democracy and tell them how to live, but we really don't have a democratic system... The
laws have been made to make it very difficult, because the Republicans and the Democrats aren't looking for the competition, they want to
monopolize it. So in many ways, we are less democratic than some other systems, where they have multiple parties, and more people represented
than they're able to be represented here. - Interview by Laura Knoy on NHPR, June 5, 2007
Philodemos [pseudonym, revolutionary war era writer] - Every freeman has a right to the use of the press, so he has to the use of his arms. -
PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, May 7, 1788, at 3, col. 2.
Pitt, William, Sr. - I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people, so dead to all the feelings of liberty, as voluntarily to submit to be
slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of the rest. - January 14, 1766
Pitt, William, Sr. (1st Earl of Chatham, 1708-1778) - If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country,
I would never lay down my arms--never—never—never! You cannot conquer America. - November 18, 1777 speech to the House of Lords.
Quayle, Vice President Dan – Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana. ... We should concentrate on
prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.
Rabkin, Jeremy (Department of Government professor at Cornell University) - Enthusiasm for armed citizens was not, even in the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries, based on the notion that such citizens could defeat professional armies on their own. The serious argument was always that
armed citizens could raise the cost of tyrannical abuse—enough, at least, to give second thought to would-be tyrants. Clearly, armed citizens
continue to give pause to far better armed governments even in the age of nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles. The most advanced and
powerful arsenal in the world was insufficient to provide the United States government with confidence to keep its troops in the field against armed
civilians in Somalia. Britain was forced to the negotiating table with terrorists in Northern Ireland and the government of Israel felt obliged to enter
negotiations with the terrorist P.L.O., not because these governments could not win an all out war against armed civilians but because they did not
wish to continue paying the costs of containing their violence. - BOOK REVIEW: Constitutional Firepower: New Light on the Meaning of the
Second Amendment To Keep and Bear Arms, The Origins of an Anglo-American Right, 86 J. CRIM. L. 231 (1995).
Rand, Ayn – Any alleged “right” of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. - MAN’S
Rand, Ayn - But money demands of you the highest virtues, if you wish to make it or to keep it. Men who have no courage, pride or self-esteem,
men who have no moral sense of their right to their money and are not willing to defend it as they defend their life, men who apologize for being rich
—will not remain rich for long. They are the natural bait for swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but come crawling out at the first
smell of a man who begs to be forgiven for the guilt of owning wealth. They will hasten to relieve him of the guilt—and of his life, as he deserves.
- ATLAS SHRUGGED, p. 385 (1957)
Rand, Ayn - As long as men are free to speak, a small, rational minority will always prevail over an irrational majority.
Rand, Ayn - Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the
muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time.
Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions—and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all
the wealth that has ever existed on earth. - ATLAS SHRUGGED, p. 383 (1957).
Rand, Ayn – I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them. I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others. I am not the
means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a sacrifice on their altars.
Rand, Ayn - Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your
life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s
stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for
purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a
tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit
for your self-respect? Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? - ATLAS SHRUGGED, p. 384 (1957)
Rand, Ayn – The term “individual rights” is a redundancy: there is no other kind of rights and no one else to possess them. - MAN’S RIGHTS.
Rand, Ayn (1905-1982, born and raised in a Jewish family in Russia as Alissa Rosenbaum, migrated alone to America in 1926 at the age of twentyone,
she later became a U.S. citizen and wrote ATLAS SHRUGGED, THE FOUNTAINHEAD, WE THE LIVING, INTRODUCTION TO OBJECTIVIST EPISTEMOLOGY, FOR THE
NEW INTELLECTUAL, ANTHEM, THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS, and CAPITALISM: THE UNKNOWN IDEAL) - There can be no compromise on the basic principles or
on fundamental issues. What would you regard as a “compromise” between life and death? Or between truth and falsehood? Or between reason and
irrationality? ... There can be no compromise on moral principles. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any
compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. - quoted in Are you offended, or just a coward?, THE UNREPORTED NEWS p. 10,
November 16, 1995.
Reese, Charlie - The only hope for peace in the long run is for a world of independent nations which respect each other’s sovereignty. A world run
by an international government would be a world constantly at war. - CONSERVATIVE CHRONICLE, September 27, 1995.
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan – I am sublimely indifferent to the question of whether the availability of guns leads to crime as I am to the question of
whether pornography causes sexual offenses. In either case, the Constitution has spoken, and that is enough. Such consequential concerns may be
relevant to, say, the question of whether to repeal the First or Second Amendments, but they should certainly have no role in how we may interpret or
apply them. - A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment, 67 TENN. L.R. 461, 484 (1995).
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan – Indeed, the very fact that our century’s many government-sponsored killing sprees are far beyond what the Framers
might have imagined suggests that the right to keep and bear arms exists not simply to deal with such worst-case scenarios, but also to deal with
lesser instances of tyranny. - A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment, 67 TENN. L.R. 461, 505 (1995).
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan (Assoc. Prof. of Law, Univ. of Tenn.; B.A. 1982 Univ. of Tenn., J.D. 1985, Yale Law School) – All power originates in
the people as the ultimate sovereigns. - The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Under the Tennessee Constitution, A Case Study in Civic
Republican Thought, 61 TENN. L. R. 647, 652 (1994).
Reynolds, Glenn Harlan (Associates Professor of Law, University of Tennessee, J.D. Yale Law School 1985, B.A. Univ. of Tenn. 1982) – [T]he
right to keep and bear arms is not subordinate to the purpose of having a militia—the notion of a “well regulated militia” is subordinate to the
purpose of having an armed citizenry. - A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment, 62 TENN. L. R. 461, 473 (1995).
Royko, Mike (syndicated columnist) - If every woman in every big, high-crime community in America had a gun in her purse or strapped to her
thigh, we would have a safer, more courteous society. - When Miss Manners ought to be packing heat, THE WASHINGTON TIMES National Weekly
Edition, p. 33, June 23, 1996.
Ruiz, Jaime (senior advisor to Columbian President) – From the Columbian point of view, [legalization] is the easy solution. I mean, just legalize it
and we won’t have any more problems. Probably in five years we wouldn’t even have guerillas. No problems. We [would] have a great country with
no problems. - September 6, 2000, OTTAWA CITIZEN.
Rummel, Rudolf J. - Power kills; absolute Power kills absolutely.
Rummel, Rudolf J. - Democide is committed by absolute Power; its agency is government. - DEATH BY GOVERNMENT (Transaction Press 1994).
Rummel, Rudolf J. - Putting the human cost of war and democide together, Power has killed over 203 million people in this century. ... Even if all
to be said about absolute Power was that it causes war and the attendant slaughter of the young and the most capable ... this would be enough. But
much worse even without the excuse of combat, Power also massacres in cold blood those helpless people it controls—in fact, several times more of
them. - DEATH BY GOVERNMENT (Transaction Press 1994).
Russo, Aaron (Hollywood producer) – My principles are freedom for all people... I’m trying to wake up Hollywood. It’s been a bastion of freedom
but they’re being deceived, suckered into this indoctrination of the federal government which is leading toward a totalitarian country. They’ve lost
sight of individual liberty. - DAILY VARIETY.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. – [W]e tax our neighbors at gunpoint, if necessary to provide foreign aid. Most of this money goes for security assistance to
underdeveloped nations. To keep Third World governments friendly toward us instead of aligning with the Soviets, we’ve supported dictators such as
Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines), Sergeant Samuel Doe (Liberia), Mobutu Seko (Zaire), and Zia ul-Haq (Pakistan), to name a few. Much of this
assistance was used to suppress the citizenry from protesting domestic policies of aggression. For example, almost three-fourths of U.S. aid to El
Salvador during the early 1980s went to support the government’s war against protesting civilians. The Shah of Iran’s cruel Savak and Idi Amin’s
“public safety unit” for internal security were trained with our help. In Latin America in the 1970s, U.S. foreign aid was given to nations with the
worst human rights violations. - HEALING OUR WORLd, Ch 18.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. – New Zealand, Switzerland, and Israel have more gun ownership than the United States, yet in all these countries, homicides
are less frequent. On the other hand, the District of Columbia has the toughest antigun laws in the nation, yet it has become the murder capital of the
United States. - HEALING OUR WORLD, Ch 16.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. – Paternal desertion is encouraged in many states because aid is unavailable to a woman if the father of her child lives with
her. Industrious individuals who take jobs find their welfare benefits abruptly terminated and their net income lower than before. - HEALING
OUR WORLD, Ch 11.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. - Switzerland, a country historically dedicated to neutrality, has a strong defense against armed invasion. Switzerland has a
part-time national government and no nuclear capability, yet sometime in the 1990s, it will have bomb shelters for every man, woman, and child.
Every man is part of the army and is required to keep his military weapon in his home. An invading army would literally have to subdue every
household to conquer that nation. Indeed, in both World Wars, when the Germans threatened to invade, the Swiss simply dissuaded them by inviting
key German officers to witness their preparedness! The Germans had been considering a short-cut through non-mountainous regions of the tiny
country. The Germans, however, decided against invading “the little porcupine.” A non-aggressive nation could easily and affordably develop a
Swiss-style defense, without the aggression of taxation or the universal draft that the Swiss use. - HEALING OUR WORLD, Ch 20.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. – The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that the CIA has attempted to interfere with 27 prosecutions of drug dealers
acting as CIA informants. - HEALING OUR WORLD, Ch 20.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. – The housing problem that generates homelessness has been linked to the aggression of rent control, zoning restrictions,
building codes, and construction moratoriums, all of which limit the availability of inexpensive housing. When construction is limited and landlords
can charge only a minimal rent, they naturally rent only to the most affluent tenants, rather than the poor who might be late in their payments. Once
again, aggression hurts those it is supposed to help. - HEALING OUR WORLD, Ch 11.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. – The War on Drugs kills more people than the drugs themselves! - Healing Our World, Ch 15.
Ruwart, Dr. Mary J. - U.S. citizens are taxed at gunpoint, if necessary to fund the World Bank. The Bank, in turn, lends Third World countries
money for development projects that frequently promote environmental degradation. Forests were destroyed to build subsidized dams in Brazil and
India and cattle ranches in Botswana. Poorly managed irrigation projects have resulted in millions of hectares becoming flooded, waterlogged, and
salinated. ... Why does our government keep giving such destructive aid in our name and with our tax dollars? Of every aid dollar, 82 cents is spent
on American products. Thus, the aid programs are really a transfer of wealth from the American taxpayer and the Third World poor to Americanbased
multinational firms. Like any special interest group, these firms have a strong influence on our representatives, because they can commit large
amounts of money to the campaign chests of those who serve them best. - HEALING OUR WORLD, Ch 18.
Smith, L. Neil – A wise man once pointed out that the American eagle eats carrion, never picks on anything its own size, and will soon be extinct.
That being so, perhaps Americans ought to select a symbol more in keeping with their current conditions, like a milked cow, a sheared sheep, a
plucked chicken, or a slaughtered steer. - PALLAS, 339 (Tor 1993).
Smith, L. Neil – 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.
- THE PROBABILITY BROACH, 129 (Tor 1980).
Smith, Paul E, M.D. – [The FDA] is a chimerical beast, half politicians practicing medicine and half doctors practicing politics that cannot be
reformed, but must be destroyed.
Smith, Winston - There would not be so many anti-government Americans if our government was not anti-American.
Snyder, Jeffrey R. - The handgun is the only weapon that would give a lone female jogger a chance of prevailing against a gang of thugs intent on
rape, a teacher a chance of protecting children at recess from a madman intent on massacring them, a family of tourists waiting at a mid-town subway
station the means to protect themselves from a gang of teens armed with razors and knives. - A Nation of Cowards, 113 PUBLIC INTEREST (Fall
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - Our whole slave system depends on your economic assistance. When they bury us alive, please do not send them shovels
and the most up-to-date earth moving equipment.
Sowell, Thomas - To the anointed, other people’s children are guinea pigs for social experiments and targets for brainwashing in politically correct
views and attitudes. - Liberals are using children as pawns, CONSERVATIVE CHRONICLE, p. 9, June 19, 1996.
Sowell, Thomas - We don’t have faith that freedom works. We have evidence.
Sowell, Thomas (black American, born in NC, grew up in Harlem, served as a U.S. marine in the Korean War, graduated magna cum laude in
economics from Harvard University (1958), masters in economics from Columbia University (1959), doctorate in economics from University of
Chicago (1968), has been a professor of economics at Cornell University, Rutgers University, Amherst University, Brandeis University and UCLA;
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute; libertarian) - When these laws [Jim Crow laws] spread throughout the South about a hundred years ago, private
bus companies and railroads opposed such laws while they were under consideration in the legislatures, challenged them in court and then, when all
else failed, dragged their feet in enforcing them. Only after street car conductors began to be arrested and companies were threatened with legal
action did racial segregation become a reality in busses and trolleys of the South. None of this is peculiar to the United States. In country
after country around the world, group discrimination has consistently been greater in government itself and in things controlled by government, such
as public utilities and other heavily regulated industries. - CONSERVATIVE CHRONICLE, August 16, 1995.
Steyn, Mark (theater critic of NEW CRITERIOn, movie critic of London SPECTATOR) – In America there are two problems: drugs, and the “war on
drugs”; and the “war” is the bigger one. - Call Off the Drug War, AMERICAN SPECTATOR p. 51 (April, 1999).
Story, Chief Justice Joseph Story – If, in any case, the plain meaning of a provision, not contradicted by any other provision in the same
instrument, is to be disregarded, because we believe the framers of that instrument could not have intended what they say, it must be one, where the
absurdity and injustice of applying the provision to the case would be so monstrous, that all mankind would, without hesitation, unite in rejecting the
application. - 1 Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States 303 (3rd ed. 1858).
Strassel, Paul (Former IRS Headquarters Agent) - The real point of audits is to instill fear, not to extract revenue; the IRS aims at winning through
intimidation and (thereby) getting maximum voluntary compliance. - WALL ST. JOURNAL, January 28, 1980.
Thomas, Justice Clarence (U.S. Supreme Court) - Current federal law (enacted, of course, by congressional incumbents) confers numerous
advantages on incumbents, and these advantages are widely thought to make it “significantly more difficult” for challengers to defeat them. For
instance, federal law gives incumbents enormous advantages in building name recognition and good will in their home districts. See, e.g., 39 U.S.C.
3210 (permitting Members of Congress to send “franked” mail free of charge); 2 U.S.C. 61-1, 72(a), 332 (permitting Members to have sizable
taxpayer-funded staffs); 2 U.S.C. 123b (establishing the House Recording Studio and the Senate Recording and Photographic Studios). At the same
time that incumbent Members of Congress enjoy these in-kind benefits, Congress imposes spending and contribution limits in congressional
campaigns that “can prevent challengers from spending more ... to overcome their disadvantage in name recognition.” Many observers believe that
the campaign finance laws give incumbents an “enormous fund-raising edge” over their challengers by giving a large financing role to entities with
incentives to curry favor with incumbents. In addition, the internal rules of Congress put a substantial premium on seniority, with the result that each
Member’s already plentiful opportunities to distribute benefits to his constituents increase with the length of his tenure. In this manner, Congress
effectively “fines” the electorate for voting against incumbents. Cynics see no accident in any of this. As former Representative
Frenzel put it: “the practice ... is for incumbents to devise institutional structures and systems that favor incumbents.” ... In fact, despite his service
from 1971 to 1989 on the House Administration Committee (which has jurisdiction over election laws), Representative Frenzel can identify no
instance in which Congress “changed election laws in such a way as to lessen the chances for re-election for incumbents or to improve the election
opportunities for challengers.” - U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton, 115 S. Ct. 1842 (May 22, 1995) (dissent).
Thompson, Linda – The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting ducks. It’s about hunting politicians.
Thornton, James - [C]ash payments and other benefits granted by federal, state, and local welfare agencies are easily far superior to wage scales in
Third World’s countries. For instance, consider average per annum incomes in several poorer countries of the globe: Mexico, $2,165; Cuba, $2,000;
Guatemala, $1,250; El Salvador, $1,020; Dominican Republic, $790; the Philippines, $625; India, $400; Haiti, $380; Red China, $320; Nigeria,
$270; Vietnam, $215; and Laos, $150. By comparison, several hundreds more in food stamps, access to government-subsidized housing, and First
World medical care and with all expenses paid, make life on the public dole in America seem like a veritable paradise of plenty. - Out of Control!,
THE NEW AMERICAN, February 19, 1996, p. 14.
Tocqueville, Alexis De – When I see that the right and the means of absolute command are conferred on any power whatever, be it called a
people or a king, an aristocracy or a democracy, a monarchy or a republic, I say there is the germ of tyranny. - Democracy in America,
Tolstoi, Count Leo Nikolaevich (1828-1910, Russian novelist and social critic, author of WAR AND PEACE) - Man has received direct from God only
one instrument wherewith to know himself and to know his relation to the universe—he has no other—and that instrument is reason.
Tomasello, Lou (BATF Agent) - I took an oath. And the thing that I find totally abhorrent and disgusting is these higher-level people took the same
oath and they violate the basic principles and tenets of the Constitution and the laws and simple ethics and morality. - commenting on the BATF
during an interview with Mike Wallace on CBS’ 60 MINUTES, January, 1993.
Tucker, Thomas T. - All authority is derived from the people at large, held only during their pleasure, and exercised only for their benefit. -
CONCILIATORY HINTS, ATTEMPTING BY A FAIR STATE OF MATTERS, TO REMOVE PARTY PREJUDICE, 30-31 (Charleston, 1784).
Twain, Mark – Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered, either by themselves or by others.
Twain, Mark – It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
Twain, Mark – It is not the size of the dog in the fight. It is the size of the fight in the dog.
U.S. CONSTITUTION - The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
- Ninth Amendment.
U.S. CONSTITUTION - The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people. - Tenth Amendment.
U.S. CONSTITUTION - The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety
may require it. - Article I, Section 9, clause 2.
U.S. Supreme Court - For also fundamental is the right to be free, except in very limited circumstances, from unwanted governmental intrusions
into one’s privacy. - Stanley v. Georgia, 394 U.S. 557, 564 (1969).
U.S. Supreme Court - If it be thought that the privilege is outmoded in the conditions of this modern age, then the thing to do is take it out of the
Constitution, not to whittle it down by the subtle encroachments of judicial opinion. Nothing can be put into the Constitution except through the
amendatory process. Nothing old can be taken out without the same process. - Justice Frankfurter, Ullmann v. United States, 350 U.S. 422, 427-28
(1956) quoting Maffie v. United States, 209 F.2d 225, 227 (1st Cir. 1954).
U.S. Supreme Court - The theory of our republican form of government and political system is that the ultimate sovereignty resides in the people,
from whom springs all legitimate authority. - Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162.
Voltaire – Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
Webster, Noah - Nothing will ruin this country if the people themselves undertake its safety. Nothing will save it if they leave it in the hands of any
but their own.
Winchester - Be not afraid of any man, No matter what his size, When danger threatens, call on me And I will equalize. - inscribed on old rifles.
Wollstein, Jarret B. (Director - International Society for Individual Liberty, author) - As the experience of New York, Washington, D.C., and other
cities with severe restrictions on guns demonstrates, banning guns only disarms the law-abiding, not the predators. When you disarm peaceful
citizens, crime and violence explode. - THE UNREPORTED NEWS, August 13, 1995.
Wollstein, Jarret B. - Thousands of innocent Americans are losing their cars, homes, bank accounts, and businesses based upon the claims of
unidentified informants that illegal transactions took place on their property. - THE FREEMAN, July, 1993.
Wollstein, Jarrett B. – [W]hile men usually recognize criminal acts when they are committed by an individual in the name of his own interest, they
often fail to recognize the very same acts for what they are when they are committed by some large gang in the name of “social justice” or the
“common good.” - SOCIETY WITHOUT COERCION.
Wollstonecraft, Mary (author of A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN, 1792) - It is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result
from the exercise of its own reason
Wollstonecraft, Mary (writer, mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly-author of FRANKENSTEIN) - Liberty is the mother of virtue.
Woods, Thomas J. - Ordinary citizens have been known to beat city hall from time to time, but their prospects for challenging a decree of the World
Trade Organization are slight. - The Southern Tradition: Implications for modern Decentralism, THE FREEMAN, p. 820, December, 1996.
Younkins, Dr. Edward W. (professor of accountancy and business administration at Wheeling Jesuit University) - To force another to adhere to my
value judgments is to deny him his right and responsibility to answer to God directly for the choices he makes. - Perspectives on Capitalism and
Freedom, THE FREEMAN, p. 795, December 1996.
Zelman, Aaron and Richard W. Stevens – A good government will never try to render its citizens defenseless — an evil government always will.
- DEATH BY “GUN CONTROL” 144, 154, 195 (2001).
Zelman, Aaron and Richard W. Stevens – What moral authority do you have to tell others not to defend against aggression? - DEATH BY “GUN
CONTROL” 286 (2001).
Zelman, Aaron and Richard W. Stevens (Aaron Zelman is a Vietnam veteran, coauthor of the Life Insurance Conspiracy, The Consumer’s guide
to Handguns,. “Gun Control” Gateway to Tyranny, Hope, The State v. the People, and The Mitzvah soon to be a motion picture, He is creator of the
“Gran’pa Jack” freedom booklets, founder and executive director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and director of Concerned
Citizens Opposed to Police States (CCOPS)) - Preventing Genocide is the duty of the People. Only armed people can do it. - DEATH BY “GUN
CONTROL” 30 (2001).
Zelman, Aaron and Richard W. Stevens (Richard W. Stevens is an attorney and author) - Never be so trusting of a government to protect you that
you give up your own means of self defense. - DEATH BY “GUN CONTROL” 144 (2001).
Zhuangzi – A great governor does not meddle in people’s personal lives, and the people become prosperous. - DAODE JING, Chapter 75.
Zhuangzi – Only those who do not cling to life can save it. - DAODE JING, Chapter 75.
Zhuangzi – Starvation among the people comes from the amount of taxes the government above the people eats. From this: the people starve.
- DAODE JING, Chapter 75.
Zhuangzi – The difficulty in governing people arises when the government above the people proclaims and enacts. From this: the people are difficult
to govern. - DAODE JING, Chapter 75.
Zhuangzi – The more laws that you make, the greater the number of criminals. - DAODE JING, Chapter 75.
Zhuangzi – The more prohibitions you make, the poorer people will be. - DAODE JING, Chapter 75.
Zhuangzi (also spelled Chuang Tsu, Chuang Tzu, Zhuang Tze, Chouang-Dsi, Chuang Tse, Chuangtze or Master Chuang, c. 370 B.C. – C. 301 B.C.)
– There have, in the past, been instances in which humankind has been successfully left to its own devices. Never, however, has there been an
instance in which humankind has been successfully governed. - DAODE JING, Chapter 11.
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