“The gun lobby’s interpretation of the Second Amendment is one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American People by special interest groups that I have seen in my lifetime.”
— Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger, PBS News interview, 1991.
“The real purpose of the Second Amendment was to ensure that state armies, the militia, would be maintained for the defense of the state. . . . The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires.”
— Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Burger, 2nd Amendment Has Been Distorted, AP, December 11, 1991