"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book
The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday
JohnD13 has this running in the firearms politics section.
"You can get a lot accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit" - Ronald Reagan