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Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we can not be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference in having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?

Author: Patrick Henry, Source: Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836Saved by cboyack in gun guncontrol selfdefense weapon 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Peace be still, bury the hatchet and the sword, the sound of war is dreadful in my ear. [But] any man who will not fight for his wife and children is a coward and a bastard.

Author: Joseph Smith, Source: An American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith, p. 298Saved by cboyack in gun defense peace secondamendment weapon 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
Author: George Washington, Source: Inaugural AddressSaved by cboyack in defense government guncontrol secondamendment weapon weapon 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to always be possible.
Author: Hubert H. Humphrey, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in gun defense government tyranny history protection guncontrol weapon 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in their government.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in gun defense tyranny protection guncontrol weapon 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
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The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. . . .

This is one of those times in the affairs of nations when the gravest choices must be made, if there is to be a turning toward a just and lasting peace. It is a moment that calls upon the governments of the world to speak their intentions with simplicity and with honesty. It calls upon them to answer the question that stirs the hearts of all sane men: is there no other way the world may live?

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Source: http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/chance.htmSaved by cboyack in defense war foreignpolicy peace economy weapon military budget 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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