JFK On The Second Amendment

“By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.” 

John F. Kennedy, April 1960



Photo above is from April 1963. JFK was not President in April 1960, he was a US Senator. There is no citation for this quote and it does not appear at the JFK Library.

David Chamberlain said...

Yeah because the speach was removed. It was there a few weeks ago and nobody up there was he did that speach while president.

Anonymous said...

So, you can't use a quote as a Senator and a Pic as a President?! Hmm....Seems to be working well for this administration.
Besides, Kennedy was a Democrat growing up in the early 20th century. The same party that only 50-60 years earlier had taken up arms against tyranny. If he didn't say this, then the overall mood and outlook of early 20th century Democrats surely perceived it! The Democrats didn't flip on Civil Rights until at least FDR. By then, his perceptions were established. Regardless, perceptions on guns and gun freedoms were more widely accepted than they were today. To make a gun-control remark or take a stance against gun control in 1960 or 1963 would be tantamount to political suicide! If he didn't make it, I bet he would wish he did if he had survived!

mmaltby said...

Sen. John F. Kennedy's statement, "Know Your Lawmakers", Guns, April 1960, p. 4 (1960):
Source is the UCLA Law School and can be found at http://www2.law.ucla.edu/volokh/2amteach/sources.htm#TOC2.
Under Section VIII. Other Materials (included chiefly to provide citations for sources mentioned in various op-eds that cite this page).
BACCHAGATO, the Kennedy library might not have any record of it, but it's a "Presidential" library. not a "Senatorial" library. Furthermore, if the UCLA Law School can cite the source(and has done for some time. the html page looks dated), and the JFK folks deny it, I tend to look at it more through the eyes of David. Maybe it was removed to protect the image of the "Great Democrat" Kennedy.

Anonymous said...

If you simply type "jfk second amendment 1960" into Google, you can find a number of citations verifying this. True.

Anonymous said...

Great link!! Lots of good source material there!