February 6, 2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Ronald Wilson Reagan, one of the three greatest presidents (Washington and Lincoln being the other two) and certainly the greatest president of the twentieth century (and the 21st thus far). President Reagan was a great friend of the second amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, in spite of the attempt on his life. The following two quotes demonstrate his commitment to RKBA:

reagan.jpg“The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed. When the British forgot that they got a revolution. And, as a result, we Americans got a Constitution; a Constitution that, as those who wrote it were determined, would keep men free. If we give up part of that Constitution we give up part of our freedom and increase the chance that we will lose it all. I am not reagan1.jpgready to take that risk. I believe that the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms must not be infringed if liberty in America is to survive.”

“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up, and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time… It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience.”

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, President Reagan communicated his last message to the public:

“Let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.”

Words of a truly great patriot and a truly great man.