Weapons are the tools of power.
In the hands of the State,
they can be the tools of Decency, or
the tools of Oppression, depending on
the righteousness of that State.
In the hands of criminals, they are the
tools of Evil. In the hands of the free
and decent citizen, they should be the
tools of Liberty.
Weapons compound mans power
to achieve whatever purpose he may have.
They amplify the capabilities of both the
good man and the bad, and to exactly the
same degree, having no will of their own.
Thus, we must regard them as servants,
not masters; and good servants of good men.
Without them, man is diminished, and his
opportunities to fulfill his destiny are
An unarmed man can only flee from Evil,
and Evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
– George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790
“No Kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.”
– James Burgh
“An armed society is a polite society.”
– Robert Heinlein
He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.