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"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." Benjamin Franklin

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr

"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty."

Q: What does Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler and Amnesty International have in common?

A: Gun control!

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samual Adams, Father of the American Revolution

"The Citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of Civil Authorities, when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons, or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community…" The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2242

"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more effective, and the world will follow our lead into the future!" Adolph Hitler 1935

"There will never be uniform gun laws in Australia until we see a massacre in Tasmania." New South Wales Premier Barry Unsworth, after a specially called Premier's meeting in Hobart, December 1987. Reported by the Sun Herald edition of 5 May 1996

“In reaching a historic agreement on prohibition of weapons, we made a mighty contribution to delivering a safer and more secure Australian society.” John Howard, 1996-97, Australian Prime Minister

"Under the new laws, personal protection is not a reason for being licensed to own a firearm, nor was it under the old law." Queensland Gun Laws - Quick Guide, January 15, 1997

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced Patriots to prevent its ruin." Samuel Adams

"To disarm the people [is] the best and most effectual way to enslave them." George Mason, U.S. Second Amendment Primer

"An armed society is a polite society." Robert Heinlein

"Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal." Janet Reno

"Definition of GUN CONTROL: The belief that government with its great wisdom and moral superiority can be trusted with a monopoly of deadly force."

"Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed." Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control International

"A strong body makes a strong mind. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." Thomas Jefferson

"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans..." Bill Clinton

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." Daniel Webster

"He that suffers his life to be taken from him by one that hath no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defence, incurs the Guilt of self murder since God hath enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend itself." Jeffrey R. Snyder, Attorney

“The Bush Administration would like to make the U.N. a cornerstone of its plans to construct a New World Order.” Time Magazine, September 17, 1990.

"God, Guns & Guts
Made Australia Free
Let's Fight To Keep All 3"

"Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the United States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the 9 millimetre bullet." Dave Barry

"Prohibition doesn't work, it just makes life harder for people." NSW Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon - 19/2/2002 Seven News website 605

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made a speech to NATO in Brussels in an attempt to justify the pre-emptive strike against Iraq and to explain why the United States could not wait until weapons of mass destruction were found. Here is his exact statement, word for word, and this is not a misprint! Rumsfeld said:

"The message is that there are no knowns. There are things that we know that we know. There are known unknowns, that is to say there are things we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – things we do not know we don’t know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say ‘well, that’s basically what we see as the situation’, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.” Burlington Free Press, Dec. 3, 2003, by Sue Leeman, AP, London, England, UK.

"Whatever gun laws you have, you will still have people obtaining guns illegally." - "That's the reality" Premier Steve Bracks - Victoria - The Age - 14/5/01 page 6 813

"Countless people...will hate the New World Order...and will die protesting against it...we have to bear in mind the distress of a generation or so of malcontents..." H.G. Wells, From his book, The New World Order

"Therefore, if relative lethality is measured by the number of victims killed, a firearm is not the most lethal instrument of homicide." Jenny Mouzos - AIC Researcher - "Homicidal Encounters - A Study of Homicide in Australia" Australian Institute of Criminology. Page 90 17/7/2000

"It may be politically expedient or socially palatable to ban [military-style weapons], yet such measures are destined to have little effect when reducing the incidence of firearm-related crime and injury." Reece Waiters, from the Institute of Criminology, was commissioned to do the study by the Review Of Firearms Control, chaired by Sir Thomas Thorp in 1997, which recommended the ban on military-style weapons. Evening Post -Wellington New Zealand 29/6/2000

"To destroy Christianity, we must first destroy the British Empire." Karl Marx (the 'Father' of Communism itself)

The police commissioner said the new gun laws had worked in restricting access to guns but would not eliminate gun violence. "Some criminals will always get guns, there's no doubt about that," Commissioner O'Sullivan said. Queensland Police Commissioner Jim O'Sullivan 2/5/2000 - The Australian Page 6

"The Persian Gulf crisis has forged a new world order in which the superpower adversaries of the Cold War now stand united to reverse Iraq's conquest of Kuwait..." George Herbert Walker Bush, 1990

"The environment is more violent and dangerous than it was some time ago." Police Commissioner South Australia Mal Hyde 23/12/99 - The Advertiser - Adelaide

“In reaching a historic agreement on prohibition of weapons, we made a mighty contribution to delivering a safer and more secure Australian society.” John Howard, 1996-97, Australian Prime Minister

"Victoria is facing one of its worst murder tolls for a decade - and its lowest arrest rate ever. The growing number of planned, ambush murders this year has put added pressure on the homicide squad." Herald Sun - Melbourne - 12/11/99

"In regard to allegations that 3,000 firearms are imported into Australia annually, officers of the Attorney-General's Department have conducted extensive research of United Nations (UN) databases, and have consulted with UN officials, and it would appear that there is no evidence available to support these claims. On the contrary, the information available reflects a low level of illegal importation activity in Australia." Andrew Kirk - Office of the Minister for Justice and Customs. 1/11/99

"More cases of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated burglary are being reported in Victoria...overall crime rate rising by 3.7 per cent in 11 months. Homicide - Source: Police data, Crime management Report, 1996-97 136, 1997-98 120, 1998-99 176 ( 11 months only)" The Age - Melbourne 11/8/99

“In reaching a historic agreement on prohibition of weapons, we made a mighty contribution to delivering a safer and more secure Australian society.” John Howard, 1996-97, Australian Prime Minister

"National gun laws and the destruction of 640,000 firearms under the buyback scheme appear to have done little to reduce the national murder rate, says a new study." Research paper issued by the AIC on the affect of the new gun laws. The Age - 3/6/99

"If we can effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation, we will have won that country. Therefore, there must be continued propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of citizens in general, and teenagers in particular. By making drugs of various kinds readily available, by creating the necessary attitude of chaos, idleness and worthlessness, and by preparing him psychologically and politically, we can succeed." Vladimar Lenin (Communist leader of the Russian Revolution)

"Fatal shootings in Victoria have increased despite the introduction of tighter gun laws in 1996, a (AIC) study has found." State's gun deaths rise - Herald Sun - Victoria - 3/6/99

"If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched." George H W Bush, cited in the June, 1992 Sarah McClendon Newsletter

"The Federal Government will crack down on the availability of illegal knives after figures released yesterday showed they were the most common weapon used in homicides." AIC Report - Sydney Morning Herald - 12/3/99

"In 1996-97, $7.41b (equivalent to $402 per person) was spent by the Commonwealth Government and the State, Territory and local governments on public order and safety. Compared to 1995-96, this represents an increase of 10.6% in total outlays, or $34 more per person." Australian Bureau of Statistics - "Australia Now - A Statistical Profile" 25/2/99

"Murders by firearms have actually increased (in Victoria) since the buyback scheme which removed 225,000 registered and un-registered firearms from circulation. There were 18 shooting murders in 1996-97 after the buyback scheme had been introduced compared with only six in 1995-96 before the scheme started." - "Killing rise in gun hunt" - Herald Sun - Melbourne 23/12/98

"Queensland Police Commissioner Jim O'Sullivan yesterday expressed "grave concern" as the number of armed robberies across the state took a big jump for the second year running." Sunshine Coast Daily - 13/11/98

“In reaching a historic agreement on prohibition of weapons, we made a mighty contribution to delivering a safer and more secure Australian society.” John Howard, 1996-97, Australian Prime Minister

"Crime involving guns is on the rise despite tougher laws. The number of robberies with guns jumped 39% in 1997 while assaults involving guns rose 28% and murders by 19%. (ABS figures)" - "Gun crime soars.." - Sydney Morning Herald - 28/10/98

"Robbery with a firearm increased nearly 60 per cent over the previous financial year." South Australian Police Annual Report - tabled in State Parliament 27/10/98

"Robbery with a firearm increased more than 13% in NSW during the gun buyback." NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics - Sun Herald - 26/10/98

"Chance of dying in a year at the population's average rate of exposure to the risk. Owning firearms - 1 in 33,000. NSW Department of Planning - Paper #4:" Risk criteria for Land use Safety Planning.

"Crime involving guns has soared despite tougher laws imposed after the Port Arthur massacre...the number of robberies involving guns leapt 39% (ABS Report)...assaults involving guns jumped 28%." Armed Crime on rise -The Sunday Mail - Brisbane 18/10/98

"The present structure of the legislation, particularly s.10(6)(b) of the Weapons Act 1990, is in my opinion unduly restrictive, and can produce results which are unfair and unjust." McGill DCJ Reasons for Judgement 20/5/98 regarding Domestic Violence and the QLD Weapons Act.

"Our sources don't know of any group of people trading in unlicensed firearms" Supt Steve Robbins - WA Police Firearms The West Australian - Perth - 4/7/98

"These gun laws are very much the creation of the Prime Minister." Senator Amanda Vanstone, The West Australian - Perth - 23/6/98

"I don't think Australia went over the top at all." Prime Minister John Howard on the 1996 national agreement on gun laws - The West Australian - Perth - 21/3/98

"According to ABS figures, the number of people robbed at gunpoint in NSW rose from 827 (827) in 1996 to 1252 in 1997." Sunday Telegraph - Sydney - 14/3/98

"We have discovered with our new information systems that we can make all the appropriate checks and ensure public safety is not dented in any way in a much shorter time frame." Bob Carson - Qld Gun Laws Project - On 28 day waiting period The Courier Mail - Brisbane - 4/3/98

"The number of Victorians murdered with firearms has almost trebled since the introduction of tighter gun laws. Geelong Advertiser." Victoria 11/9/97

"Gun deaths fell by 46 per cent during the last 15 years before tough new firearm legislation introduced after last year's Port Arthur massacre, according to figures released yesterday by the ABS. "The figures clearly show that the absolute numbers of (gun) deaths, and the rates of death, has been steadily declining before Port Arthur." David Povah ABS - The Australian - 27/2/97

New legislation banning semiautomatic weapons will do nothing to prevent the vast majority of gun deaths, according to Australia's senior crime researcher: "The legislation won't do it, nor was it designed to do it." Dr Adam Graycar AIC - The Australian - 9/12/96

"...a complete cock-up!" Bob Perry - South Australian Firearms owner - The Advertiser - 30/11/96
on being issued a firearm licence with another persons picture upon it

"It is a fact that the majority of gun owners in both urban and rural areas support these reforms." Federal Attorney-General Daryl Williams - AMA Seminar September 1996

"Its time to bite the bullet and take a stand so Australia does not go down the path of the US with its gun culture." Prime Minister John Howard - Sunday Telegraph - NSW - 21/7/96

"When the new gun booklet was recently mailed to all licensed shooters, 20% were returned as 'not known at this address.'" Tony Lauer - Commissioner of Police NSW - Submission on Gun Law Reform - September 1991

"Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his script: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." Jesus Christ, Creator of the Universe, and you and I [Luke 22:36]

"If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash -- for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything - without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you." L. Neil Smith

"Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't."

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has 'closed', the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. AND I AM CAESAR." Julius Caesar

"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas." Joseph Stalin

"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him." Mark Twain

“The Bush Administration would like to make the U.N. a cornerstone of its plans to construct a New World Order.” Time Magazine, September 17, 1990

“One's god dictates the kind of law one implements and also controls the application and development of that law over time. Given enough time, all non-Christian systems of law self-destruct in a fit of tyranny." George Washington in his Farewell Address

“You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul." Mahatma Gandi

“Governments need armies to protect them from their enslaved and oppressed subjects." Tolstoy

“The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." Thomas Jefferson

“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson

“Government is at best a petulant servant and at worst a tyrannical master." George Washington