“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed — unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
– James Madison

“To disarm the people is the best and most effective way to enslave them.”
– George Mason

“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
– George Mason

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The constitutions of most of our states [and of the United States] assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“..the peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned, while they neglect the means of self defense.”
– Thomas Paine

“Those who beat swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who don’t.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
– Samuel Adams

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
– Alexander Hamilton

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?”
– Patrick Henry

“The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry