176 Carefully Selected Quotations Divided into 8 Sections.
1. Essence - 211 | 5. Negative - 314 2. Opposites - 222 | 6. Advice - 327 3. Insight - 239 | 7. Poetry & Prose - 358 4. Positive - 282 | 8. Jokes & Humor - 375 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNS 1. Essence ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 211 Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave. Andrew Fletcher(1653-1716) 212 A free people ought to be armed. George Washington (1732-1799) Boston Independent Chronicle, Jan. 14th 1790 213 The right to buy weapons is the right to be free A. E. van Vogt The Weapon Shops of Isher, 1951 214 The people have a right to keep and bear arms. Patrick Henry (1736-1799) (Elliott, Debates at 185) 215 In a polity, each citizen is to possess his own arms, which are not supplied or owned by the state. Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC) 216 The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun. Patrick Henry (1736-1799) Virginia Convention - Ratification of Constitution - 1788 217 That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there. George Orwell (1903-1950) 218 Without a rifle you are nothing, worthless, you are waiting for death, any minute, any second. Aron Bielski (b. 1927) in Nechama Tec's "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans..." 219 Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power. Yoshimi Ishikawa 220 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. Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) 221 When firearms go, all goes - we need them every hour. George Washington (1732-1799) Address to the Second Session of 1st U.S. Congress ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNs 2. Opposites ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 222 There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men. Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) 223 Here's my credo. There are no good guns, There are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people. Charlton Heston (b. 1924) 224 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 (1920-2006) 225 The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Wayne LaPierre (b. 1948) 226 There is a feeling of personal dignity and independence in grasping, literally, the power to back your refusal to be a target of a violent crime with lethal force. This is not a sense of power, it is now the experience of escaping from a sense of powerlessness. John Longenecker LA Gun Rights Examiner, 1/25/2009 227 If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism. Thomas Sowell (b. 1930) 228 When guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns. Bumper Sticker 229 "Weapons protect the weak from the strong, not the other way around." The passengers of Flight 93 showed us the way to defend ourselves - they fought back. If every passenger fought back immediately, no terrorist could succeed. If every victim fought back immediately, no criminal could succeed. No one lives forever. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Ten, p. 53 230 Hence it is that all armed prophets have conquered, and the unarmed ones have been destroyed. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) "The Prince" - written in 1505, published in 1515 231 God is not on the side of the big battalions. God is on the side of the best shots. Voltaire (1694-1778) 232 There is a tremendous difference between shooting methods that work well when you're simply trying to put holes in the target and those that work well when the target is trying to put holes in you. Failing to understand this difference is a mistake that will get you killed if you ever have to use your handgun in a real armed confrontation. Col. Rex Applegate (1914-1998) Bullseyes Don't Shoot Back 233 One hundred rounds do not constitute fire power. One hit constitutes fire power. General Merritt Edson (1897-1955) Quoted in: Jeff Cooper's Commentaries - Volume Five 234 A fine marksman is with a second rate rifle is far more effective than the reverse. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Mel Tappan's P.S. Newsletter 235 I am sometimes perplexed by people who refer to defensive rifles, or defensive rifle shooting. The defensive arm is the pistol, since you have it at hand to meet situations that you do not anticipate. If you have the luxury of anticipating a lethal encounter, you pick up a long arm, either a rifle or a shotgun, but in that case you go on to the attack. Thus rifle shooting is offensive, and pistol shooting is defensive. Of course, life does not always duplicate theory, and there are exceptions to everything, but nevertheless the rifle is not a defensive weapon in concept. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Eight, No. 11 236 Let's make this clear: there's a huge difference between being (i.e. caught) in a fight and going to a fight. If you knew in advance that you had to shoot a Bad Guy (i.e. going to a fight), you wouldn't pick a handgun, would you? No you'd take a rifle. A handgun is merely a weapon used to fight your way back to your rifle - which you shouldn't have left behind... Boston T. Party Boston's Gun Bible, pg. 25/1 237 In discussing whether a sidearm should be comfortable to carry, Clint Smith observes that a handgun should be comforting, rather than comfortable. Well put. Clint Smith Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Nine, No. 3 13/73 238 Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNs 3. Insight ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 239 ...Beyond a doubt, there is no other service handgun made in the lifespan of the Colt 45 that can equal - or even approach - that of the M1911 Government Model when it comes to resolving conflicts, stopping fights, and keeping Americans alive and fighting... Wiley Clapp American Rifleman, September 2009 240 The unarmed man can only flee from evil. And evil is never overcome by fleeing from it. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) 241 There are 190,000 privately-owned full-auto guns in the National Registry. (Only one has ever been used in a crime in 66 years.) Boston T. Party Boston's Gun Bible 242 There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period. Ted Nugent (b. 1948) 243 Today's liberals wish to disarm us so they can run their evil and oppressive agenda on us. The fight against crime is just a convenient excuse to further their agenda. I don't know about you, but if you hear that Williams' guns have been taken, you'll know Williams is dead. Walter Williams 244 Self-defense is Nature's eldest law. John Dryden (1631-1700) 245 History has shown that the greater power of the gun is its power to deter. Bear in mind that criminals, by definition, target only victims they believe they can overpower. When the intended victim draws a gun, the predator realizes that their erstwhile target has the ability to kill them instantly. This tends to modify their behavior immediately without a shot being fired. Massad Ayoob The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, p. 21 246 Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men. St. Augustine (A.D. 354-430) 247 For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Eighth Annual Message, November 8, 1808 248 Anyone who clings to the historically untrue -and thoroughly immoral - doctrine that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The Ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) 249 Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 250 Only an armed people can be the real bulwark of popular liberty. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924) The Beginning of the Revolution in Russia 251 ...anyone can be a rifleman. It really is a universal skill. And if you can be a rifleman, in the battle for freedom, you should be a rifleman. You have the time and there is no excuse. No one has ever killed an enemy soldier with any of the following: a golf ball, a basketball, a baseball, a football, a hockey puck, a tennis ball, a soccer ball, a race car, a fishing pole. That has always been the task of a well-trained rifleman. Fred's Guide to Becoming a Rifleman http://www.fredsm14stocks.com 252 The military doesn't teach rifle marksmanship. It teaches equipment familiarity. Despite what the officer corps thinks, learning to shoot a rifle is not like learning to drive a car. Instead, it is like learning to play the violin.... The equipment familiarity learning curve comes up quick, but then the rifle marksmanship continuation of the curve rises very slowly....by shooting one careful shot at a time, carefully inspecting the result (and the cause). Darryl Davis "On the Subject of Marksmanship...", MILITARY, 2/1998 253 Statistics reveal that police suffer from a stunning lack of training and competence with firearms. According to the national average, police hit their target 18% of the time during violent confrontation. Individual locales vary: The LAPD percentage is the highest in the nation (30%) while New York's is the lowest (11%) Mark F. Twight "Eat or Be Eaten" from S.W.A.T. March 2000 (p.61) 254 The most deadly weapon on any battlefield is the single well-aimed shot. Cpt. Jim Land quoted in "Boston's Gun Bible" p. 19/12 255 What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Letter to William S. Smith - 1787 256 You must understand, therefore, that there are two ways of fighting: by law or by force. The first way is natural to men, and the second to beasts. But as the first way often proves inadequate one must needs have recourse to the second. Nicollo Machiavelli (1469-1527) "The Prince" 257 ... in all countries where personal freedom is valued, however much each individual may rely on legal redress, the right of each to carry arms - and these the best and the sharpest - for his own protection in case of extremity, is a right of nature indelible and irrepressible, and the more it is sought to be repressed the more it will recur. James Paterson quoted in Joyce Malcolm's "To Keep and Bear Arms... " 258 In America, freedom and justice have always come from the ballot box, the jury box, and when that fails, the cartridge box. Steve Symms (b. 1938) 1990 259 If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or Districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, and take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Federalist No. 29 [January 9. 1788] 260 I knew one thing: as soon as anyone said you didn't need a gun, you'd better take one along that worked. Raymond Chandler (1888- 1959) 261 Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the unjust aggressor to one's life, one's goods or one's physical integrity; sometimes, even 'til the aggressor's death... In fact, this act is aimed at preserving one's life or one's goods and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim." [There are three conditions under which legitimate self-defense must lie:] "That he who is the target of the force is an aggressor and an unjust aggressor... That the object of the defense is an important good, such as the life, physical integrity or worthy goods... [and] That defensive violence 3 is proportionate to aggression." [Under these conditions,] "One is also allowed [not required] to kill other people's unjust aggressor. Thomas Aquinas Dizionario ecclesiastico ("Ecclesiastic dictionary") UTET 262 As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and going to get it. Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 263 The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose. James Earl Jones (b. 1931) 264 Banning gun shows to reduce violent crime will work about as well as banning auto shows to reduce drunken driving. Bill McIntire on the Norfolk, VA council's vote to cancel 4 gun shows 265 One cannot legislate the maniacs off the street... these maniacs can only be shut down by an armed citizenry. Indeed bad things can happen in nations where the citizenry is armed, but not as bad as those which seem to be threatening our disarmed citizenry in this country at this time. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) 266 If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. The Dalai Lama (b. 1935) "Educating Heart Summit" in Portland, Oregon - 5/15/2001 267 A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns. Mario Puzo (1920-1999) The Godfather 268 We continue to be annoyed by commentators who insist that a certain type of firearm - a 1911 auto, for example - is designed only "to kill people." If we overlook the capacity of the defensive handgun to intimidate an attacker, that idea may be true, but we could respond by saying that a scalpel is only designed "to cut people." But we can hardly expect the logical approach from our entrenched hoplophobes. I cannot believe that all these people are essentially stupid. What they are, I propose, is simply envious. The man who cannot cope automatically envies the man who can. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Six 269 Thomas Sowell, who is one of our favorite commentators, points out three things that make the collectivists uneasy. These are cars, guns and home schooling, all of which grant to the individual a degree of independence of action which terrifies the champions of the super state. Cars, guns and home schooling reduce the need for the statism so prized by the socialists. They do not wish you freedom to move around. They do not wish you to be able to protect yourself. And they do not wish you to decide what your children should be taught. Such things reduce the power of the state over the citizen. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Six 270 It is amusing to hear some of the culturally deprived types maintain that "no one needs an assault gun." According to the founding fathers, all adult males are members of the militia, except for a few public officials. As members of the militia, we need to be checked out on the M16. This piece is not my idea of a good gun, but it is the official personal arm of the US Armed Forces, and it is our business to understand it. Thus we have need of it, whether we like it or not. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Eight, 1/2000 271 By what measure should a man be considered a qualified rifleman?... I passed that question around and came up with a good deal of doubt. How about this? A qualified rifleman should be able to stand erect at 200 meters, drop to a stabilized position (other than prone) and sock it to a ten-inch disk, with his first shot, in 10 seconds-every time. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Nine, No. 5 26/73 272 Does recoil bother you much? This clearly is a personal matter, and some people are affected far more than others. When I was a lad we used to think the 03 was a jaw breaker - but it was not.... I have a lot of experience along this line, having taught people rifle marksmanship for most of my adult life. It is not a matter of how big or strong you are, it is a matter of what you think you should think about rifle kick. I have had great success with adolescents of both sexes in this regard, and while I certainly do not assert that recoil effect does not exist, I do insist that it is highly overrated. Any boy who plays touch football seriously will be beaten around far more in a quarter than he ever will be by the butt of his rifle. What is more, he will enjoy it. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Nine, No. 3 16/73 273 We thought everybody knew by now that barrel length has almost nothing to do with accuracy. I believe the myth of the superior accuracy of a long rifle dates from colonial days, when the only way to extend sight radius was to make the barrel as long as possible. It is interesting how long it takes a myth to die. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Six 274 In rifle work group size is of some interest, but it is by no means the critical consideration that some commentators seem to deem it. It is well to remember that a rifleman does not shoot groups, he shoots shots. A tight group is nice, but one must not fall into the error of PII (Preoccupation with Inconsequential Increments). I have shot a great deal in a long shooting life, and I have only once encountered a rifle that would not shoot better than I could shoot it.... Group size is unimportant, unless it is very bad. If you can hit a dinner plate, first shot, every time, under all conditions, at 100, that will do. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Eight, No. 2 275 I have long had a tendency to tie marksmanship to morality. The essence of good marksmanship is self-control, and self-control is the essence of good citizenship. It is too easy to say that a good shot is automatically a good man, but it would be equally incorrect to ignore the connection. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Nine, No. 4 22/73 276 Already a couple of the faithful have sent in checks for a foundation memorial to the innocents who perished at the hands of the ninja at Waco. ... I have been criticized by referring to our federal masked men as "ninja" ... Let us reflect upon the fact that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior ethic. It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) 277 I have carried a revolver; lots of us do, but they are the most innocent things in the world. Mark Twain 278 The highest number to which a standing army can be carried in any country does not exceed one hundredth part of the souls, or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This portion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. ... Besides the advantage of being armed, ... the existence of subordinate governments ... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. ... [The governments of Europe] are afraid to trust the people with arms. ... Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their James Madison (1751-1836) The Federalist Papers, No. 46 279 A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore Roosevelt (1958-1919) 280 The World War 1 pilot in his biplane would be no match for the F-18 pilot, but the Pattern 14 Enfield-equipped (WW1) soldier may very well easily kill the soldier of the late 1990s armed with an M16A2 rifle. Certainly the fighters in Afghanistan showed that their Enfields were equal to Soviet AK-74 rifles - and served as an example for all of us who are confronted with oppressive governments that seek to limit our ability to acquire current issue military weapons. Timothy J. Mullin Testing the War Weapons, p. 419 281 From the fastest to the slowest actions, they are: auto, slide/pump, lever, bolt and single. It's no coincidence that this order also corresponds to least-best accuracy. The looser the action type, the quicker and less accurate it is. You'll have to decide the right balance between speed and accuracy, and actions will differ 2-3X more in speed than accuracy. Kenneth Royce Boston's Gun Bible, pg. 24/2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNs 4. Postive ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 282 The NRA believes America's laws were made to be obeyed and that our Constitutional liberties are just as important today as 200 years ago. And by the way, the Constitution does not say Government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution says 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 283 Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons. The possession of a good rifle, as well as the skill to use it well, truly makes a man the monarch of all he surveys. It realizes the ancient dream of the Jovian thunderbolt, and as such it is the embodiment of personal power. For this reason it exercises a curious influence over the minds of most men, and in its best examples it constitutes an object of affection unmatched by any other inanimate object. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) The Art of the Rifle, p.1. 284 The data from the 1990 Harvard Medical Practice Study suggest that 150,000 Americans die every year from doctors' negligence - compared with 38,000 gun deaths annually. Why are doctors not declared a public health menace? Because they save more lives than they take. And so it is with guns. Every year, good Americans use guns about 2.5 million times to protect themselves and their families, which means 65 lives are protected by guns for every life lost to a gun. Dr. Edgar Suter San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, 1994, Opinion (p. A17) 285 You might not know that peaceable, law-abiding Americans use their personal firearms about 5,500 times a day for self-defense.... Not that there are 5,500 defensive shootings a day, as the mere display of a gun and verbal warning to an attacker usually resolves the situation without any shots fired. In fact, private citizens shoot nearly three times more violent criminals than do the police, while wounding far fewer bystanders than do the police. The media doesn't admit this, but the NRA compiles new clippings of such incidents in "The Armed Citizen." Boston T. Party Boston's Gun Bible, p. 32-5; statistics from Kleck Study 286 According to the National Crime Survey administered by the Bureau of the Census and the National Institute of Justice, it was found that only 12 percent of those who use a gun to resist assault are injured, as are 17 percent of those who use a gun to resist robbery. These percentages are 27 and 25 percent, respectively, if they passively comply with the felon's demands. Three times as many were injured if they used other means of resistance. G. Kleck "Policy Lessons from Recent Gun Control Research" 286 There's no question that weapons in the hands of the public have prevented acts of terror or stopped them. Shlomo Aharonisky 287 Suppose one little old lady in ten carries a gun. Suppose that one in ten of those, if attacked by a mugger, succeeds in killing the mugger instead of being killed by him - or shooting herself in the foot. On average, the mugger is much more likely to win the encounter than the little old lady. But - also on average - every hundred muggings produces one dead mugger. At those odds, mugging is an unprofitable business - not many little old ladies carry enough money to justify one chance in a hundred of being killed getting it. The number of muggers declines drastically, not because they have all been killed but because they have, rationally, sought safer professions. David Friedman The Economics of Everyday Life (New York: Harper, 1996), 288 You can spout all the anti-gun noise you want. You can tell me guns are 'macho' and 'masculine', and accuse me of trying to be like the 'big boys' if I carry one. I don't care. I've been raped, and I've decided that I would much rather defend myself than sit back quietly and be 'ladylike'. Julie Batson 289 ...guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government. Lyn Nofziger (1924-2006) 290 Without freedom there will be no firearms among the people; without firearms among the people there will not long be freedom. Certainly there are examples of countries where the people remain relatively free after the people have been disarmed, but there are no examples of a totalitarian state being created or existing where the people have personal arms. Neal Knox (1935-2005) The Firearms Coalition 291 Rome remained free for four hundred years and Sparta eight hundred, although their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost their liberties in less than forty years. Nicollo Machiavelli (1469-1527) 292 Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220-pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110-pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out. People who object to weapons aren't abolishing violence, they're begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically "right." Guns ended that, and a social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work. L. Neil Smith (b. 1946) 293 A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the 'phone. Anonymous Pro-Gun "One-Liners" 294 If you've got to resist, you're chances of being hurt are less the more lethal your weapon. If that were my wife, would I want her to have a .38 Special in her hand? Yeah. Dr. Arthur Kellerman (b. 1955) Health Magazine, March/April 1994 295 The proliferation of state concealed carry laws has evidently reduced the rate of violent street crime to a considerable extent. When the goblins do not know who is armed and who is not, their professional enthusiasm declines. Now that Britain has made sure (insofar as any law can so insure) that everybody is disarmed, the streets are given back to the bad kid with the baseball bat. We hope they are satisfied. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Five 296 There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people were not "brainwashed" about gun ownership and had been well armed. ... Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half-starved group of Jews took 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazis. Theodore Haas (b. 1917) 297 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 (1907-1988) Beyond This Horizon 298 [The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. James Madison (1751-1836) Federalist, No. 46. 299 The rifle is the weapon of democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military. The hired servants of our rulers. Only the government - and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws. Edward Abbey (1927-1989) "The Right to Arms," Abbey's Road [New York, 1979] 300 No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. 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 (1743-1826) Proposal Virginia Constitution, June 1776 301 Individual Firearms are to Tyranny As Vaccines are to Disease. Just as Vaccines kill some Individuals But protect Society at large from Infectious Disease So guns kill some Individuals - and we mourn their loss But protect Society from Government Tyranny. Barry Fetter (b. 1947) 302 The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, since a citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) The Art of the Rifle 303 While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of noble spirit, the most corrupt Congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny. Nicholas Collin (1746-1831) Fayetteville Gazette (N.C.), October 12, 1789 304 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... Joseph Story (1779-1845) Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States1833 305 That the people have a Right to mass and to bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the Body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper natural and safe defense of a free state, that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided... George Mason (1725-1792) Draft proposal, 3 Elliot, Debates at 659. 306 "... but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights..." Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) Federalist, No. 29 307 Switzerland has not been invaded in 800 years, because every man and most of the women are issued guns which they keep at home. Imagine a government that not only allows but INSISTS its citizens keep military grade weapons. That's points right there. Even more, they hold quarterly Schuetzenfests, at which shooting, carousing and drinking are expected. And it's entirely possible you will have your ass handed to you by a 13 year old girl shooting a select-fire StG90 assault rifle that she carried to the range from school, slung across her back while pedaling her bicycle. Swiss GIRLS are better men than most allegedly-male American liberals. Crazy Einar THE TEN MANLIEST FIREARMS on Arthur's Hall of Viking Man. http://www.arthurshall.com/x_2007_manly_firearms.shtml 308 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.... The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible." Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978) "Know Your Lawmakers," Guns magazine, February 1960 309 Ammunition beats persuasion when you are looking for freedom. Will Rogers (1879-1935) 310 The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... Thomas Paine (1737-1809) Thoughts on Defensive War, 1775 311 According to Herodotus, the ancient Persians felt that what was necessary in the background of a young man entering adulthood was his ability to ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth. Perhaps we should now grant our college degrees to young men who measure up to that standard. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Eight, No 11 312 (The American Colonies were) "all democratic governments, where the power is in the hands of the people and where there is not the least difficulty or jealousy about putting arms into the hands of every man in the country. (European countries should not) be ignorant of the strength and the force of such a form of government and how strenuously and almost wonderfully people living under one have sometimes exerted themselves in defense of their rights and liberties and how fatally it has ended with many a man and many a state who have entered into quarrels, wars and contests with them. George Mason (1725-1792) The Papers of George Mason, edited by Robert Rutland 1970 313 Boys who own legal firearms have much lower rates of delinquency and drug use and are even slightly less delinquent than nonowners of guns. U.S. Department of Justice, "Urban Delinquency and Substance Abuse," August 1995. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNs 5. Negative ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 314 A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) 10th Lecture, General Introduction to Psychoanalysis 1916 315 Hoplophobia is a mental disturbance characterized by irrational aversion to weapons, as opposed to justified apprehension about those who may wield them. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth 316 When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state ... this violates a fundamental rule of happy living: Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people. P. J. O'Rourke (b. 1947) 317 The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights. H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) 318 Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in our own possession and under our own 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 (1736-1799) Virginia Convention - Ratification of Constitution - 1788 319 A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. Seneca the Elder (54 BC-39 AD) Letters to Lucilius 320 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday. Anonymous 321 I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, 'cause it's going to be empty. Clint Smith 322 The proliferation of right-to-carry laws throughout the states has drawn plaintive complaints from the criminal element. They feel that it makes their profession too dangerous when the streets are full of "civilians" who may or may not be armed. Poor babies! Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries - Volume Five 323 It seems that the concealed carry policy now in effect in 30 states is unfair to goblins. They cannot tell who is armed and who is not, and when their intended victim shoots back it hurts their feelings - along with other things. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Eight, No. 8 324 You are bound to meet misfortune if you are unarmed because, among other reasons, people despise you....There is simply no comparison between a man who is armed and one who is not. It is unreasonable to expect that an armed man should obey one who is unarmed, or that an unarmed man should remain safe and secure when his servants are armed. In the latter case, there will be suspicion on the one hand and contempt on the other, making cooperation impossible. Nicollo Machiavelli (1469-1527) "The Prince" 325 Some people who don't like guns can't stand the idea of so many gun owners in one place (at gun shows) buying and selling their wicked products. It's how some communists feel when they visit the New York Stock Exchange. David Kopel The American Guardian, January 1999 326 Singularly, it isn't the gun alone that provides protection in violent times. It is your whole security posture. Depth of security is the answer. The gun provides a last-line defense. If a gunfight occurs, there was a gap somewhere in the security plan. Jim Grover Street Smarts, Firearms and Personal Security ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNs 6. Advice ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 327 A Warning About Muzzle Brakes - Recorded noise levels (on certified audiological instruments) at either muzzle of a magnum or high velocity rifle with a muzzle brake installed normally exceed 160 decibels. Permanent ear damage occurs at 120 decibels. If you read the fine print on the finest set of ear plugs and ear muffs available, you will find the total noise reduction only between 22 and 31 decibels. This means that on a rifle with a muzzle brake, even if you are wearing hearing protection, you are suffering permanent ear damage. Authur Alphin Any Shot you Want (1996) 328 Remember the first rule of gunfighting... "have a gun." Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) 329 The one weapon every man, soldier, sailor, or airman - should be able to use effectively is the rifle. It is always his weapon of personal safety in an emergency, and for many it is the primary weapon of offence and defense. Expertness in its use cannot be over emphasized. Dwight D. Eisenhower 330 There should be at least ten times the number of rifles in the country as there are now. Theodore Roosevelt (1958-1919) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Nine, No. 5, 25/73 331 The most important item of equipment that a rifleman can have in his possession in combat is a well-zeroed rifle. Unit Marksmanship Training Program... How to Do Guide, USAMU (1979), p.37 332 ...two riflemen working as a team are worth as much as 8 or 10 individual uncoordinated riflemen. The future will not belong to the loners, and not to the hiders, but to those who are riflemen, and who can work together to double or triple not only their effectiveness on the target, but also their protective factor ...Every shot fired in this country to better your shooting skills, to make yourself more valuable as a potential defender of the Constitution is a shot fired for freedom. Fred The Shotgun News, p.77 2/1/2000 333 The best defense is a well-directed fire from your own guns. Admiral Farragut 334 There is a way to develop a high level of skill without firing a single shot. It is called dry practice. Dry practice is the effort a student puts forth off the range at home, with an unloaded firearm. Dry practice allows you to execute perfect repetitions of all gun handling manipulations without the distracting muzzle blast or recoil... Live fire is an important but minor part of the training...Look at live fire as a mere validation of your dry practice. The daily dry practice is the training,; the occasional live-firing drill is the final exam. Gabriel Suarez The Tactical Rifle (1999) p.19 335 [Mil-spec quality tactical scopes] are not cheap, but they are, in my opinion worth it. The optical or scope sight has advantages over iron sights that may make the difference in low light, in situations where the visibility of iron sights is diminished, or where visual identification of a small, obscured target is desired. (at 60) Gabriel Suarez The Tactical Rifle (1999) 336 Your job as a rifleman involves target detection, range estimation, and firing an accurate shot - in that order of difficulty. If you can't see (the target) you as a rifleman can still hit it (more on that later), but if you don't detect it, if you can't spot it, you'll never fire the shot at all. Fred's Guide to Becoming a Rifleman, p.9 337 Many hunters and professional soldiers (especially snipers) have remarked how important it is during a stalk to not directly stare or even think hard about your quarry, else he will often sense it. While nobody can adequately explain it, this phenomenon has been noticed by so many people that its truth cannon be questioned Kenneth W. Royce Boston's Gun Bible, pg. 4/8 338 I have often preached that one's personal firearms are the last thing on which one should practice economy. A good gun is a permanent asset. It does not go out of style or wear out. To submit such a thing to what is sometimes referred to as a "budget" is to manifest confused priorities. To state that you will not buy a superior rifle because you must wait until you can afford it because at this point you can afford a cheap rifle, makes no sense.... The principle is this: If you haven't the money to buy a good piece, don't buy it. Make do with what you have now, but don't buy an inferior product which will only cause you discontent and require its replacement, at increased expense, later on. A Porsche or a Ferrari will outlive its usefulness in a few years. A first rate rifle will not. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Eight, No. 11 339 To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them... Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) 1787 340 The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step - in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come - is to teach men to shoot! Theodore Roosevelt (1958-1919) President Theodore Roosevelt's last message to Congress. 341 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. George Washington (1732-1799) 342 Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense ..." John Adams (1735-1826) A Defense of the Constitutions of the...USA, 471, 1788 343 Police Protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess. Anonymous 344 [If you return home and an intruder is inside] First, if you definitely hear someone crashing about, I suggest you do four things: account for loved ones inside the house, move them to a designated safe room, call the police and move to a barricaded position between the criminal and your safe room, saying these three things: "You're in my house. I've called the police. I have a gun." Only the most intent criminal would continue toward you at this point. Only someone who is intoxicated or otherwise impaired would lack the judgement to get the hell out. Only the most unreasonable man would choose to confront you. In my opinion, you have gone a long way to passing the "reasonable man" test (i.e. the jury, if you're ever tried) if you follow these steps. Jim Grover Street Smarts, Firearms and Personal Security 345 It is long been a principal of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) 5 346 Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark. Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) 347 "Keep your revolver near you night and day, and never relax your precautions." Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Advice of Sherlock Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles 348 I would not use any weapon that has not been fired at least 500 times to take the rough edges off the working parts, but...after you break it in by firing 500 rounds, you should not have any weapon-related malfunction more than once every 2,000 rounds. Timothy J. Mullin Handbook of Guns, 2001 349 RULE 1 ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED The only exception to this occurs when one has a weapon in his hands and he has personally unloaded it for checking. As soon as he puts it down, Rule 1 applies again. RULE 2 NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DESTROY You may not wish to destroy it, but you must be clear in your mind that you are quite ready to if you let that muzzle cover the target. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such. RULE 3 KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER TIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET This we call the Golden Rule because its violation is responsible for about 80 percent of the firearms disasters we read about. RULE 4 BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries - Volume Six 350 AMMO - The World's Most Stable Currency And You Can Shoot It Too! My favorite saying about ammunition came from one of the most combat experienced men on the planet...over a small bright fire in a large dark cave he cheerfully advised: "Try never to never run out of smokes, ammo and luck all at the same time." Laughing he added, "and remember this: if have AMMO, you can get more smokes - and MAKE your own luck!" John Conner "American Handgunner," pg. 54, March/April 2009 351 Buy ammunition! Remember that a man cannot have too many books, too many wines, or too much ammunition. Our adversaries on the other side are reaching for the excuse of lead poisoning. If they can push that idea through, you may wind up still owning your guns but without anything to shoot in them. Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Eight, No. 8 352 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 the constant companion of your walks. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 353 The sling is to a rifle what the holster is to a pistol. If you have a sling, chances are you will keep the rifle with you. If there is no sling present, you will set the rifle down. When you are at the absolutely farthest point away from the rifle that you can possibly get, you'll need it. Clint Smith 354 Anytime you are carrying one weapon, you should always carry two...Your primary weapon may become disabled, lost or be incapable of being reached. You may run out of ammunition or may have an ally with you who needs an arm to defend himself... A healthy person has two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears, etc. A similarly well-prepared individual should have two handguns also. Timothy Mullins Round Guns - Square Guns (2000) 355 If you're not shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin', you should be movin'. If you're not movin', someone's gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick. Clint Smith 356 ...airlines, not the government, should establish that their aircraft are safer because their air crews are armed. The customers could then decide which lines to fly. T.J. Johnston Quoted in Jeff Cooper's Commentaries - Volume Ten, p. 43 357 Warning: I may be one of the most militaristic writers you have encountered. I want to see a world in which every adult holds copies of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights in one hand, and a rifle in the other. I am sure that when this condition is achieved 99% of all political and economic problems will go away. Richard Marbury Early Warning Report, quoted in "Boston's Gun Bible." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNs 7. Poetry & Prose ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 358 When a man takes his rifle a walkin' it adds not a bit to his load. It makes him in fact somewhat lighter, for he walks as a free man, unbowed. Joe Sledge The Walking Rifleman 359 OLYMPEION (An Ode to the Rifle) You hold in your hands the bow of Diana, The spear of Achilles, the hammer of Thor. Now you command both precision and distance. To dominant power you've opened the door. Your rifle embodies the gift of Hephaistos, The grant of Olympus to hapless mankind. Your rifle's a thing of both power and beauty, Its proper employment ennobles the mind. Bare-handed you live at the mercy of numbers, But numbers can never match rifleman's skill. Your rifle essentially makes you the master. It creates and maintains humanity's will. Vulcan has given you means to establish Divine domination o'er man, beast and foe. Your rifle's the sorcerer's scepter of power. Direct it with wisdom of judgement bestow. Collective Effort Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Ten 360 ...I realize now why I so cherish the M1, the BAR... We can't retain these men and their vigor, spirit and stories forever. We can honor what they accomplished, once we understand the real forces involved (the terror, the desperation)...This hardware we shoot was American, reliable, powerful, fast. The only full-power, semi-automatic, standard infantry rifle in the world, it was conceived by a brilliant Canadian and produced daily by factories in New England, advancing American infantrymen and their tactics into levels of flexibility and mobility far ahead of the rest of the world. (at ix) What we are trying to preserve is a legacy, and not just a legacy of violence, by any means. There's a manufacturing legacy, a design legacy, a service legacy, a training legacy, a shooting legacy - in the end, not much about war and virtually nothing about crime (at xiii) Jim Thompson "The Classic M1 Garand" quoted: Boston's Gun Bible 11/16 361 Every Man Should have a Rifle So I sit and write and ponder, while the house is deaf and dumb, Seeing visions "over yonder" of the war I know must come. In the corner - not a vision - but a sign for coming days Stand a box of ammunition and a rifle in green baize. And in this, the living present, let the word go through the land, Every tradesman, clerk and peasant should have these two things at hand. No - no ranting song is needed, and no meeting, flag or fuss In the future, still unheeded, shall the spirit come to us! Without feathers, drum or riot on the day that is to be, We shall march down, very quiet, to our stations by the sea. While the bitter parties stifle every voice that warns of war, Every man should own a rifle and have cartridges in store! Henry Lawson (1867-1922) 362 In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1860-1964) 363 Of every One-Hundred men in battle, ten shouldn't be there. Eighty, are nothing but targets. Nine are the real fighters... We are lucky to have them...They make the battle. Ah, but the One. One of them is a Warrior... and He will bring the others back. Heracletus (c. 500 B.C) Quoted in Boston's Gun Bible 364 I guess we will never know what happened in the cabin of United Flight 93 before it went down southeast of Pittsburgh, but we do know that real men are not an extinct species. Let us honor four true heroes - Jeremy Glick, Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett and Mark Bingham - who showed us how to face up to peril. They died, and in doing so they saved the lives of hundreds of others. . "Death comes with a crawl Or comes with a pounce, And whether he's slow or spry, It's not the fact that you're dead that counts, But only - How did you die?" Edmund Vance Cooke . As Payton Miller, Executive Editor of "Guns & Ammo," put it, "There were too many cell phones on that airplane and not enough pistols." Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Nine, No. 11 58/73 365 From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms! Through the land let the sound of it flee; Let the far and the near all unite, with a cheer, In defense of our Liberty Tree. Thomas Paine (1737-1809) 366 Colt Model 1911A1 .45 ACP John Moses Browning is the patron saint of shooters and weapon designers. This was a man so manly that his sole purpose in life was to create weapons to kill tasty animals and the enemies of our nation in job lots. These weapons were so successful that both sides used the Hi Power in WWII, and the US Army is fixing its unmanly error of the 9mm by calling for bids on a new .45, while the Marine Recon units and certain other Special Operations units are STILL using the Model 1911A1 with a few improvements, 96 years after it was first fielded... This is a pistol so manly that during WWII, it was even made by Singer Sewing Machine, and collectors prize that version for its rarity. The 1911 is THE pistol people think of when the word is invoked. Crazy Einar http://www.arthurshall.com/x_2007_manly_firearms.shtml 367 And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you'd be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur - what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) 368 My father sent my mother a revolver as a gift, which for her was the symbol of what any young girl wants in a marriage, this was for her the means to stay alive, to kill herself or to die fighting. Assaela Bielski in Nechama Tec's "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans..." 369 TWO THINGS Two things move under night sky the thing that came to kill, and I He, released from prison to roam and I, peaceably headed to home He carries a knife and drug addled sense seeing just prey, without defense I detect movement, intuitive fear and put my hand to pistol near Worried, alone in that gloomy blight above the fear, I prepare to fight He hears the click of a chambered round fleeing quickly to hunt safer ground No predator dares go hunting for me for I am armed, that makes me free I holster my pistol and slowly stand down heading towards home in a dark, sleeping town For there are two things that will not die my right to carry, and this night, I Brigid Durham from Home on the Range 370 I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed. I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place. I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world. I don't carry a gun because I'm evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world. I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government. I don't carry a gun because I'm angry. I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared. I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon. I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love. Syd on the Internet http://www.snubnose.info/wordpress/rkba/i-dont-carry-a-gun/ 371 My Rifle (The Creed of a United States Marine) . This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is MINE. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My rifle, without me is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will... My rifle and myself know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our bursts, nor the smoke we make. We know it is the hits that count. We will hit... My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, [**Finish 3rd Part] its sights, and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and Maj. Gen. W. H. Rupertus (1889-1945) 372 Well, Bill [Bill Hickok] was a pretty good shot. But he could not shoot as quick as half a dozen men we all knew in those days, nor as straight either. But Bill was cool, and the men who he went up against were rattled, I guess. Bill beat them to it. He made up his mind to kill the other man before the other man had finished thinking. Buffalo Bill Cody (1946- 1917) Outdoor Life interview with W.H. MacFarlane, 1917 373 Someone at the table asked a Japanese admiral why, with the Pacific Fleet devastated at Pearl Harbor and the mainland US forces in what Japan had to know was a pathetic state of unreadiness, Japan had not simply invaded the West Coast. "You are right," he told the Americans. "We did indeed know much about your preparedness. We knew that probably every second home in your country contained firearms. We knew that your country actually had state championships for private citizens shooting military rifles. We were not fools to set foot in such quicksand. Japanese Admiral Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume Nine, No. 9 46/73 374 "Ain't many troubles that a man can't fix, with seven-hundred dollars and a 30-06." Lindy Cooper Jeff Cooper's Commentaries - Volume Five ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GUNs 8. Poetry & Prose ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 375 Bolt actions speak louder than words. Matthew W. Gail 376 If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words. Anonymous 377 Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1860-1964) 378 The only time you have too much ammunition is when your house is on fire.. 379 You can do more with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word. Al Capone (1899 - 1947) 380 If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson. Anonymous 381 In our school you were searched for guns and knifes on the way in and if you didn't have any, they gave you some. Emo Philips 382 If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid about? Clint Smith 383 Neighbor: "So why do you carry that?" Me: "I don't want my last thought to be 'Gee, I wish I had a gun...'." http://jeffersonian.therealgunguys.com/blog 384 You Know You're A Gun Nut If... If you cannot recall how many firearms you own, If you know the difference between a "clip" and a "magazine," If you tape American Shooter so you can pause, reverse and fast forward to do a complete analysis of the show, If you ever bought two brands of the same weight and type of bullet, just to see if one "shot better," If you read that "Brady II" would outlaw possession of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and think, "I have more than that rolling around loose in the trunk of my car!" If your guns are cleaner than your home, If you identify the gun on the cover of Dillon's Blue Press before you notice the girl, If .22LR cartridges frequently find their way into your wife's washing machine, If your gun safe cost more than your dining room set, If you have Brownells on speed dial, If you watch old WWII movies and can identify all the rifles and handguns, but can't remember who starred in the movie or what it was about, If you wonder what size rings you would need to mount the Hubble Space Telescope on a varmint rifle, If your gun collection is worth more than your automobile, If your homeowners insurance company would cancel your policy if they ever knew: (1) the true value of your firearms (2) how much ammunition you have stored at home (3) how much gun powder you have stored (4) how many primers you have. Quoted by lilwolf on the internet 385 How do you say 'bad shot' in redneck? Vegetarian. Anonymous 386 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer. 387 Colt: The original point and click interface.
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