"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good!" George Washington
"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." Alexander Hamilton
"Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest." From the Declaration of the Continental Congress, July 1775.
"As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] 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 to your walks." Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew.