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"It perhaps goes without saying that the ‘average’ gun owner and the ‘average’ criminal are worlds apart in background,
social outlooks, and economic circumstances. The idea that common, ordinary citizens are somehow transformed into potential perpetrators of
criminally violent acts once they have acquired a firearm seems farfetched, most of all since there is substantial evidence that the typical gun owner is
affluent, Protestant, and middle-class."
-- James D. Wright
Source: Wright, James D. et al., Under the Gun: Weapons, Crime and Violence in America 137 (1983).
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Wright.Quote.8331


"Ladies and Gentlemen, we only pass laws against people who obey the law. Drug dealers, bank robbers and rapists don’t care what we do because they willfully violate the law anyway."
-- Rod Wright
California State Assemblyman, D-L.A.
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Rod.Wright.Quote.81E5


"The difference between [people who take civil liberties seriously] and others ... is that such serious people begin with a constitutional understanding that declines to trivialize the Second Amendment or the Fourteenth Amendment, just as they likewise decline to trivialize any other right expressly identified elsewhere in the Bill of Rights. It is difficult to see why they are less than entirely right in this unremarkable view. That it has taken the NRA to speak for them, with respect to the Second Amendment, moreover, is merely interesting -- perhaps far more as a comment on others, however, than on the NRA."
-- William Van Alstyne
Professor at Duke University School of Law, served on National Board of the ACLU
Source: The Second Amendment and the Personal Right to Arms, 43 DUKE L. J. 1236, 1254 (1994)
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/William.Van.Alstyne.Quote.0C10


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