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Gun grabbers twist facts, quote out of context, misuse statistics and generally misrepresent their real agenda at every turn. And, unfortunately, these deceitful tactics have led to the passage of some gun control measures. Their successes through dishonesty have apparently turned some well-intentioned pro-gun rights people into "creative writers."
But no matter how loathsome our enemies become, that is still no excuse for falsely attributing quotes to them. In fact, citing a proven false quote only discredits the rest of the message, even if the person may only be unintentionally and unknowingly repeating the made-up quote. This can be very damaging to our cause in debates, letters to the editor, and interviews. Furthermore, resorting to their methods only lowers us to their level.
While it is impossible to prove that these are phony quotes, no historian has been able to verify the original citation required for authenticity. It is better to be safe than sorry. One anti-gun judge discredited a letter writer by pointing out the fake quote used in that letter to the editor. The judge writes, "(An oft-cited Hitler "quote" about gun registration has been proved to be a hoax, though that has not stopped many from repeating it.)" CLICK HERE to view the entire Judge's column, complete with many inaccuracies of his own.
Please do the pro-gun cause a favor – If you locate any websites innocently citing any of the following quotes, please forward the URL of this page to that page’s webmaster. Furthermore, if you can locate proof that one of these quotes is in fact valid, please forward the information HERE!
Perhaps the most infamous bogus quote is attributed to Adolf Hitler. Usually, the questionable passage reads as follows:
1935 will go down in History! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead to the future!
Note: This passage sometimes features different punctuation and slight wording changes including a beginning of, ‘For the first time in history, a....’ Various citations include: Adolf Hitler, April 15, 1935, in address to the Reichstag; Adolf Hitler 1935 'Berlin Daily' (Loose English Translation) April 15th, 1935 Page 3 Article 2 by Einleitung Von Eberhard Beckmann -"Abschied vom Hessenland!". "Adolf" is sometimes misspelled as ‘Adolph’ on the Internet.
While the above 'quote' makes a nice T-shirt, there are numerous problems with this alleged statement. (1) It violates the rule of not beginning a sentence with a number. (2) It isn’t phrased in Hitler’s style. (3) Major changes to the German gun laws occurred in 1928 and 1931 (under the Weimar Republic) and in 1938 (under the Nazi’s). No significant changes happened in the gun registration laws in 1935. Furthermore, the changes in 1928 and 1931 were designed to disarm the Nazis and Communists and therefore it is doubtful that Hitler would trumpet the success of any law aimed at his goon squads.
However, if anyone finds the proper historical context from which this questionable quote was pulled from, and confirms it with their own eyes, please forward the details and your contact information HERE!
Until then, please click here for some proven Nazi Quotes. (Coming soon)
Sarah Brady gets bashed by pro-gun rights people for repeatedly changing her stories, downplaying her real agenda, and outright lying. All of these flaws are fair game, but claiming she said something didn’t will not help our cause, and could actually hurt our efforts.
The following quote was probably aimed at reaching veterans and other Americans concerned about our great country’s move toward either Communism and Socialism. The falsehood reads:
Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.
This phony quote is often cited as a statement from Sarah Brady, Chairman, HCI, to Howard Metzenbaum, The National Educator, January, 1994, Page 3. "Sarah" and "Metzenbaum" are sometimes misspelled as "Sara" and "Metzanbaum" on the Internet.
There are several problems with this quote, including the fact that the common citation does not check out. In addition, Sarah Brady would usually be considered a conservative Republican on most politic issues besides firearms, and therefore not likely to embrace much more of the Socialist agenda than gun control.
Janet Reno is no friend to gun owners, and certainly earned her place in history for the Waco tragedy and the heavily-armed Elian Gonzales seizure, but she did not say the following:
The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian populace.
This non-statement, is falsely attributed to Janet Reno, then-state attorney for Dade County, in an alleged speech to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida B'nai B'rith gathering. The date that this is to have supposedly occurred is listed as 1984, 1991 and even 1995 (as Attorney General). Blame Janet Reno for the atrocities that are real, not make-believe statements.
The bottom line is that it is wise to play it safe! Beat up the gun grabbers for the numerous things that they have done and said. Their real actions and statements are bad enough without any embellishment being necessary. Stay honest to keep our credibility high and theirs low.
If you have information to the contrary, please send the details and your contact information HERE!
The information provided on these pages are from a variety of sources. For more information about questionable quotations, please visit the GunCite.com website. GunCite.com has an excellent analysis of some of these infamous non-statements HERE. In addition, please check out Firing Back by Clayton Cramer, part of the SAF bookshelf.
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