Diary

A quick, simple poll on "gun control"

Here are two groups of quotes on firearms. Think on them, and decide which resonates more strongly with you…

Group A Group B
  1.  “And that the said Constitution be never 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.”
  2. A man’s rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box.
  3. 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.
  4. But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you… it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
  5. The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.
  6. Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?
  7. The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.
  8. The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, … or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.
  9. 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.
  10. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate Governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple Government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the Governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
  11. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.
  12. The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.
  1.  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. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.
  2. 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.
  3. No freedman, Negro, or Mulatto shall carry or keep firearms or ammunition.
  4. Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA — ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.
  5. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?
  6. The measures adopted to restore public order are: First of all, the elimination of the so-called subversive elements …. They were elements of disorder and subversion. On the morrow of each conflict I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the utmost energy, has given satisfactory results.
  7. I don’t believe people should to be able to own guns.

Just say “Group A” or “Group B” in a comment telling us which side you agree with more, and I’ll tell you who you sided with in a follow-up tomorrow.