Gun Grabbers on Self-Defense

Shogun-Era Japan

The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms or other types of arms. The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to permit uprising.

-- Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Shogun of Japan, August 29, 1558.

The Shot Heard Around the World

Disperse you rebels! Damn you, throw down your arms and disperse.

-- British Major John Pitcairn, Lexington, Massachusetts, April 19, 1775.

Nazis on Guns

Germans who wish to use firearms should join the S.S. or the S.A. -- ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the state.

-- Heinrich Himmler

Joseph Biden on Gun Control

Banning guns is an idea whose time has come.

-- U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a Nov. 18, 1993, Associated Press interview.

Jocelyn Elders on Handguns

Handguns are a public health issue.

-- then-U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders in USA Today, Nov. 9, 1993

Feinstein on Gun Control

Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.

-- Sen. Dianne Feinstein quoted by AP on Nov. 18, 1993

Schumer on Gun Control

We're here to tell the NRA their nightmare is true! ... We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy. We're going to beat guns into submission!

-- Rep. Charles Schumer on NBC Nightly News Nov. 30, 1993.

Hillary Clinton on Guns

I'm personally all for taxing guns to pay for health care coverage.

-- Hillary Clinton quoted by the Nov. 4, 1993 New York Times

Michael Gardner on Handguns

There is no reason for anyone in this country -- anyone except a police officer or a military person -- to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun ... The only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.

-- Michael Gardner, president of NBC News, in USA Today, January 16, 1992.

Clinton on Guns

We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles ... that we are unable to think about reality.

-- Bill Clinton, President of the United States, March 11, 1993

The raid by ATF agents on the Branch Davidian compound resulted from its enforcement of contemporary federal firearms laws. In a larger sense, however, the raid fit within an historic, well- established and well-defended government interest in prohibiting and breaking up all organized groups that sought to arm or fortify themselves ... From its earliest formation, the federal government has actively suppressed any effort by disgruntled or rebellious citizens to coalesce into an armed group, however small the group, petty its complaint, or grandiose its ambition.

-- from the U.S. Treasury Department report on the Waco incident, Appendix G