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The Use of the First Amendment in the Defense of the Second

 

You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one. -Rush Limbaugh, Aug 17, 1993 

When firearms go, all goes- we need them every hour. 

-President George Washington

To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them. –George Mason

Arms in the hands of citizens (may) be used at individual discretion … in private self-defense.                           -John Adams, A defense of the Constitutions of the

                         Government of the United States of America(1778) 

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. -James Madison, The Federalist Papers 

Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. -Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, 22 October 1959

These Sarah Brady types must be educated to understand that because we have an armed citizenry, that a dictatorship has not happened in America. These anti-gun fools are more dangerous to Liberty than street criminals or foreign spies. – Theodore Haas, Dachau Survivor

Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace.                 -James Madison
The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.-Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.-Samuel Adams
It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. It is legal and lawful to own a shotgun or rifle. We believe in obeying the law.-Malcolm X, 12 March 1964
God grants liberty only to those who are ready to guard and defend it.-Daniel Webster, 3 June 1834
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.-Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon 1942
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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.-President George Washington