There are many pro-gun quotes from the Founding Fathers and many other influential people from American history. One of my favorites is from Benjamin Franklin, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The sentiment from this quote, and countless quotes from other Founding Fathers is quite simple, the people cannot protect their rights with words and good wishes alone. Evil exists in this world, and governments slowly become corrupt, infringing on the rights of the people.

This sentiment can be clearly illustrated by looking at influential people from tyrannical governments. An armed population cannot easily fall victim to tyranny, so tyrannical governments must disarm the population.

Here are three clear cut quotes from famous dictators, illustrating the importance of gun control to tyrannical governments.

“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjugated races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjugated races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police.” -Adolf Hitler

This is actually an anti-gun quote that make a pro-gun argument. Hitler was very much against “subjugated races” from bearing arms. In order for the 3rd Reich to maintain control over the people they deem to be lesser people, they needed to be disarmed. An armed population is critical to preventing people like Hitler from rising to power. The 1st Amendment is the first line of defense against tyrants, and the 2nd Amendment is the last line of defense against tyrants.

“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

I don’t know if you could put it more simply or straight to the point. If someone is armed, words won’t do anything to stop someone who is armed. And think about that ratio of armed to unarmed. A very small number of armed people can control a lot of unarmed people.

“All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” – Mao Tze Tung

Notice how he says free speech isn’t where political power comes from. The only way free speech works is if people agree to sort things out with words. If one person decides they don’t want to talk things over and secure power through force, words won’t stop the tyrannical government.

Political process comes first

There’s a reason why free speech is the 1st Amendment and the right to bear arms is the 2nd Amendment. We want to resolve differences through words, we want to prevent a tyrannical government by using the political process. But when push comes to shove, it is the 2nd Amendment that protects the first Amendment.

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson