"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -George Mason
History shows what men who believed in liberty had to say about gun control:
"Without either the first or second amendment, we would have no liberty; the first allows us to find out what's happening, the second allows us to do something about it! The second will be taken away first, followed by the first and then the rest of our freedoms." -Andrew Ford.
"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation . . . 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." -James Madison
"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." -John F. Kennedy
"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between 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?" -Patrick Henry
“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. 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 government.” -Thomas Jefferson
History also shows what tyrants/dictators had to say about gun control:
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms; history shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected people to carry arms have prepared their own fall." -Adolf Hitler
"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." -Mao Tse-tung
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one." -Vladimir Lennon
"If the opposition (citizen) disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves." -Josef Stalin
Here is what our U.S. Government says about gun control and citizens:
"Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal" -Janet Reno
"They (Americans) cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." -B.Obama
“US Senator, If I could have banned them all – ‘Mr. and Mrs. America turn in your guns’ – I would have!” -Diane Feinstein
"We need to make the expired Assault Weapon ban permanent." -B.Obama
"If it was up to me, no one but law enforcement officers would own hand guns." -Richard Daley
"We must be able to arrest people before they commit crimes. By registering guns and knowing who has them we can do that. If they have guns they are pretty likely to commit a crime." -Former Vermont State Senator Mary Ann Carlson
"If someone is so fearful that they are going to start using their weapons to protect their rights, it makes me very nervous that these people have weapons at all." -U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman
"In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control and from 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control and from 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935 and from 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964 and from 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970 and from 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956 and from 1975 to 1977, one million educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated."
"Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million." (Stats Given By John N.)
With that being said, which way do you think we are headed? If you own guns, regardless of the reason, do you feel the government is 'For The People' anymore? Do you think the government is wanting to protect us from harm when the harm is coming from the allowances they afford to the criminals? As so wonderfully put by Metzenbaum before his passing: "I don't care about crime, I just want to get the guns." -Senator Howard Metzenbaum. I can't help but wonder how many of the government elects share his sentiments, especially with the allowances our president has made, concessions he is making and the American people he is crushing under foot in order to make this happen. How much more will you take?
Just A Thought....