America’s Guns

Sunday, October 8, 2017 – America’s Guns

A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies. ~ George Washington

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I am not anti-gun. I’m pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We’d turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don’t ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives. ~ Molly Ivins

It is one of the great joys of home ownership to fire a pistol in one’s own bedroom. ~ Alfred Jarry

Such I hold to be the genuine use of Gunpowder: that it makes all men tall. ~ Thomas Carlyle

All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife. ~ Daniel Boone

A quiet woman is a firearm with a silencer. ~ Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding. ~ Stephen King

Too many of us treat guns with genial familiarity. Guns should give us the heebie-jeebies. They are killing machines. That is all they are. We should dread them the way we dread cancer and cyanide and electric chairs. ~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I’ll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginia, I’ll even ‘hari-kari’ if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun! ~ Alan Alda

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles. ~ Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle

Give a man a gun, and let nature expose his weakness. ~ Robert Black

There was nothing to imagine with a gun except something that was dead. ~ Paula Fox, One-Eyed Cat

Before you’re allowed to own a .44, your IQ should be higher than .44. ~ Quentin R. Bufogle

The people most reluctant to use weapons are the ones who can best be trusted with them. ~ Christopher L. Bennett

If at first you don’t concede, try, try a gun. ~ Brian Spellman

It is said that “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” If this is the case, then let’s keep guns legal and just ban the people who want them. There. Problem solved. Guns remain legal, thereby satisfying the folks who love them, and the folks who love them will be safely locked up in a padded cell where they can’t shoot anyone, thereby making the anti-gun folks happy. ~ Kropotkin Beard

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, and monkeys do too (if they have a gun). ~ Eddie Izzard

I believe everybody in the world should have guns. Citizens should have bazookas and rocket launchers too. I believe that all citizens should have their weapons of choice. However, I also believe that only I should have the ammunition – because, frankly, I wouldn’t trust the rest of the goobers with anything more dangerous than string. ~ Scott Adams

America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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. ~ Heinrich Himmler

Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat. ~ Hermann Goering

If I could uninvent anything, I would uninvent Hitler’s mum, guns and broccoli. ~ Dominic Monaghan

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas? ~ Joseph Stalin

Courage and conviction are powerful weapons against an enemy who depends only on fists or guns. Animals know when you are afraid; a coward knows when you are not. ~ David Seabury

If you can’t protect yourself with talk, you won’t be alive to protect yourself with guns. ~ Arthur Boyd

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it’s happened I guess I’m just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy. ~ John Dillinger

I love New York City; I’ve got a gun. ~ Charles Barkley

Civilization is a youth with a Molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down. ~ Edward Abbey

A gun is a necessity. Who knows if you’re walking down a street and you spot a moose? ~ Pat Paulsen

Basically, there’s not enough sex in movies, that’s it. I’m trying to say it, people. I miss sex in movies because sex is natural, guns are not. ~ Zoe Saldana

Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did, I’m used to having a few guns around to protect me. ~ Loretta Lynn

I don’t shoot guns. I don’t know how to do that. I grew Upstate New York, so I fought with my fists. ~ Jimmy Fallon

I have a lot of fun with guns, especially the M-16, but my favorite is my little .22. It fits nicely in the palm of your hand. I do limit myself to blanks. ~ Jeri Ryan

I never liked guns, I hate them, I always blink before they go off. ~ Roger Moore

In Houston everyone owns guns and uses ’em – sometimes just for the hell of it. ~ Shelley Duvall

In our school you were searched for guns and knives on the way in, and if you didn’t have any, they gave you some. ~ Emo Philips

Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout “Bang!” ~ George Will

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? ~ Ernest Gaines

A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun. ~ Mario Puzo

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl. ~ Jean-Luc Godard

An ugly woman with an ugly gun is a terrible thing. ~ Ross MacDonald

Don’t carry a gun. It’s nice to have them close by, but don’t carry them. You might get arrested. ~ John Gotti

I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word. ~ David Mamet

I have a love interest in every one of my films: a gun. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it’s also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun. ~ Jean Genet

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. ~ P. G. Wodehouse

Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, and deeds are the target. The bulls-eye is heaven. ~ Douglas Horton

When shooting in the dark, it is a good idea to use a machine gun. ~ Craig Bruce

Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and handguns. ~ Mitch Ratcliffe

If football players were armed with guns, there wouldn’t be stadiums large enough to hold the crowds. ~ Irwin Shaw

What broke in a man when he could bring himself to kill another? ~ Alan Paton

All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished. ~ Marshall Rosenberg

Perhaps there’s an innate human emotion inside us all that when we are presented with something we don’t understand, we immediately want to kill it. ~ Todd Berger