George Washington (1732-1799)

Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence…..from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable….the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference–they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.