Yup, they REALLY said that

From one perspective or another the following are real quotes from real people.





“Guns are not merely the instrument; guns are the issue.
The more guns there are, the more gun violence happens.”

Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, July 8, 2016






“How easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon to shoot people n a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theatre or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be.”
President Barack Obama, June 12, 2016
“If the intent of HB 859 [Georgia’s proposed campus-carry legislation] is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result.”
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal






“We have to make it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on weapons of war.”
President Obama, June 14, 2016
  • “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?”
    – Arkansas State Senator Nate Bell, 4/19/13
  • “As you mentioned, if these guys [the Boston Marathon terrorists] got [their guns] through a loophole … we could see a whole new dimension to the gun control debate.”
    Kevin Cirilli, Politico, 4/23/13
  • “That one [Tucson Arizona’s gun buy-back program] makes me think of what happened in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 … Shades of what helped to lead to the Holocaust.”
    Charles Heller on the Daily Show, 4/1/13
  • “Taking on the NRA can be political suicide … Getting re-elected [is the top priority of a US Senator] … If I could re-wind this tape, I’d say getting legislation done and getting re-elected [are the top two priorities, in that order].”
    Jim Manley, Aide to US Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, on the Daily Show, 4/23/13
  • “I can’t think of anything I support [about gun regulation] because at the end of the day none of it works … If I were to go to “Planet X” [AKA Australia] … in the real world with human beings, it’s not gonna work and gun control isn’t going to work.”
    Philip Van Cleave, Gun Lobbyist, Virginia Defense League on the Daily Show, 4/18/13
  • “Well, whoop-de-doo” [on Australia’s uncontested success in stopping mass shootings]
    Philip Van Cleave again, 4/18/13
  • “Yes, well, whoop-de-****ing-do
    John Oliver responding to Philip van Cleave on the Daily Show, 4/18/13
  • “I warned them [the GOP]. I’m a Second Amendment guy. I warned them. Sometimes you have to give a little. They didn’t do it after Newtown.”
    Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe, 4/24/13
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