Second Amendment Quotes: Pro-Gun Quotes on Individual Freedom and the Right to Bear Arms

The 2nd Amendment is uniquely American. It was the work of the Founding Fathers – men who had to fight for their freedom from tyranny, and who intended for the means of that fight to never be taken away from American citizens. Here are our favorite quotes on the right to bear arms.

Quotes About Guns and Freedom

“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. […] the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”
– Rep. Hubert H. Humphrey

“The possession of arms by the people is the ultimate warrant that government governs only with the consent of the governed.”
– Jeffrey R. Snyder, “A Nation of Cowards”

“A man with a gun is a citizen. A man without a gun is a subject.”
– Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

“Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave.”
– Andrew Fletcher

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms.”
– Richard Henry Lee

“A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”
– Frederick Douglass, famed civil rights leader in 1867, in response to post-Civil War segregation laws

“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, Japanese journalist

“Get yourself a Glock and lose that nickel plated sissy pistol.”
– Tommy Lee Jones, “U.S. Marshals”

Second Amendment Quotes

“No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved in its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defence of the state… Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.”
– An unknown “M.T. Cicero”, in a letter to the State Gazette of South Carolina, 1788

“You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.”
– Rush Limbaugh

“Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right.”
– U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, U.S. v. Emerson (1999)

“In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the ‘collective’ right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of “the people” to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis.”
– Stephen P. Halbrook, “That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right”

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right or that it’s too much of a safety hazard don’t see the danger of the big picture. They’re courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don’t like.”
– Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
– Joseph Story, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice

“The Second Amendment wasn’t written so you can go hunting, it was to create a force to balance a tyrannical force here.”
– Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, 2013

“If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of criminal acts reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying – that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 – establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime.”
– Senator Orrin Hatch

“The Second Amendment wasn’t written so you can go hunting, it was to create a force to balance a tyrannical force here.”
– Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, 2013

“Let us hope our weapons are never needed – but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. 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

“Nowhere else in the Constitution does a ‘right’ attributed to ‘the people’ refer to anything other than an individual right. What is more, in all six other provisions of the Constitution that mention ‘the people,’ the term unambiguously refers to all members of the political community, not an unspecified subset…The Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms…The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it ‘shall not be infringed.’”
– Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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The amendment was uniquely American but the concept was not. There have been many laws before ours that allowed the right to bear arms. Even dialed it in as a god given right. What makes ours unique was that it was enshrined into a constitution. That was the first for that right.

Our founders were well educated on European history with arms and highly regarded the eras it was a right by law. The book “2nd amendment primer” goes through this very well


I was shocked to find the following quote was from Karl Marx of all people:

“Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary.”


Not my favorite guy in the world, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Of course, it’s not the “workers” who we have to worry about these days – rather the opposite, from the appearance of things.


which in context of today’s event would be anyone who beleives in the First, Second and all other clauses of the US Constitution