Quote of the day—Ronald Reagan

It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun-control laws. I happen to know this from personal experience.

Ronald Reagan
May 6, 1983
Speech at the Annual Members Banquet of the National Rifle Association. Phoenix, AZ.
[From Proclaiming Liberty: What Patriots and Heroes Really Said About the Right to Keep and Bear Arms by Philip Mulivor.

Reagan was shot March 30, 1981. James Brady, the other victim on that day, just recently died. Their shooter still lives and although he spent a lot of time in a psych ward he never went to prison.—Joe]

6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Ronald Reagan

  1. It’s true of course, but for some reason he seems to have ignored murder control laws. It is after all a rather more serious crime (compared to a gun law violation) to attempt to murder someone.

    As I’ve been saying for twenty some years, the Progressives appear to be telling us: “Murder is one thing, but try it with a gun and we’ll be REALLY pissed!”

    For more perfect clarity then, I’ll edit Reagan’s quote thus; “Those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by laws against assault, battery and murder– They’ll certainly not be dissuaded by gun-control laws. I happen to know this from personal experience.”

    Still, the matter of the right to self defense, which is the foundation of this discussion, is at best given only a vague implication.

    Tam did very well with (and I paraphrase) “Even if every other gun owner on the planet tried to murder someone last night, I didn’t, so leave me alone.” That focuses on the absolute lack of guilt-by-association as a member of a group defined by Progressive thinking (that group being “gun owners”. Progressives cannot help but define people according to groups). Excellent as it is, it doesn’t hit directly on the basic right to self defense. It absolutely nails the concept of innocent until proven guilty.

    All this is why I so loved the September 17th’s quote of the day by Aaron Peori;

    “No handguns.
    No automatics of any kind.
    Single action long arms will fulfill all the needs of home defense, hunting and sport.”

    Though Peori is anti gun, he acknowledges the basis of everything we’ve argued for from the beginning. It’s perfect. Now there’s nothing left to argue about except how much the exercise of the right to defend one’s life is going to be encumbered, and why. THAT is the easiest argument ever because the “opposition” has already ceded to our foundational principle;

    “Since we have all agreed that life is worth defending and that individual citizens posses that right in and of themselves, then surely we can agree that life is worth defending with vigor, anywhere, and with the best tools and means affordable.”

    Of course, when the government became one of the primary perpetrators of crime in America, it pretty much lost all credibility in addressing the matter.

  2. Color me unimpressed. The Gipper talked a good game, but given his track record (banning open carry in California in a fit of racist politics, then openly backing the Brady Bill and Clinton ‘assault weapon’ ban,) he hardly deserves a place of honor among those of us who stand for the right to keep and bear arms.

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