176 Carefully Selected Quotations Divided into 8 Sections.

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           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.

                                                         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     

                                            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                                                                        

  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 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       

                                              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)

  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     

                                                      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   

                                                      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     

                                                    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    

                                                        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.       

                                                         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      

                                                     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.

  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

                                                     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

                                                    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   

                                               Seneca the Elder (54 BC-39 AD)
                                                          Letters to Lucilius

  320          64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.         


  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

                                              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       
                 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  
                 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)

  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.                        


  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             

                                                      Jeff Cooper (1920-2006)

  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                                                      
               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                                                      
               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   

                                                                  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

  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

  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     
                I must fire my rifle true.                                 
                I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill
                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.                        


  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.                                   


  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


  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           
               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?                       


  386          911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.                    


  387          Colt: The original point and click interface.               


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