"There is no personal right to be armed for private purposes unrelated to the service in a well regulated militia."
-- Sarah Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control, Inc., Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6 Jun 97, pg. 6
"We must be able to arrest people before they commit crimes. By registering guns and knowing who has them we can do that... If they have guns they are pretty likely to commit a crime."
-Mary Ann Carlson, State Senator (VT)
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to own handguns and rifles that we are unable to think clearly about reality."
"If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees."
"The constitution is a radical document. It is the job of government to reign in people's rights."
"You know I don't believe in people owning guns, only the police and military. And I'm going to do everything I can to disarm this state."-Michael Dukakis
"The national guard fulfills the the militia mentioned in the Second Amendment. Citizens no longer need to protect the states or themselves."
-Dianne Feinstein,U.S. Senator
"Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of Americans to feel safe."-Dianne Feinstein
"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them ... "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in," I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren't here."-Dianne Feinstein
"We must reverse this psychology (of needing guns for home defense). WE can do it by passing a law that says anyone found in possession a handgun except a legitimate officer of the law goes to jail-period!"
-- Carl Rowan, Washington DC Syndicated Columnist
"Men possess handguns in order to compensate for sexual dysfunction."-- Dr. Joyce Brothers, Psychiatrist, TV personality
** her husband is among NYC elite that has been issued a permit to carry a concealed handgun
"I honestly think — and I am not an expert on the amendments — I think the only people in this nation who should be allowed to own guns are police officers. I don't care if you want to hunt, I don't care if you think it's your right. I say, 'Sorry. It is 1999, we have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison.'"
"We are inclined to think that every firearm in the hands of anyone who is not a law enforcement officer constitutes an incitement to violence. Let's come to our senses before the whole country starts shooting itself up on all its Main Streets in a delirious kind of High Noon."-Washington Post 1965
"Yes, I'm denying you your rights."
-Tom Bradley on constitutional rights at a "Save the Brady Bill" rally.Mayor
"I don't think there is a Second Amendment right to own a gun. But I think it's a loser political issue."-James Carville