[T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table … Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.
The entire purpose of carrying a gun is because a cop is too heavy.
The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.
A martial nobility and stubborn commons, possessed of arms, tenacious of property, and collected into constitutional assemblies form the only balance capable of preserving a free constitution against the enterprise of an aspiring prince.
Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.
A government that does not trust its law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.