Firearms stand next 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 insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable.... The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference--they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.
-- George Washington
Source: Nugent, Ted, God, Guns & Rock'N'Roll