Slogan: When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them. (December 21 1967)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 5 01:53:01 UTC 2013

Does anyone remember other take-offs on this?  Barry's site mentions this one--


But I seem to recall other bumper stickers from way back.  The concept is natural enough, mocking the standard wisdom by extending its logic into a reductio, e.g. "If/When car theft (murder, etc.) is outlawed, only outlaws will steal cars (murder, etc.)"  But I can't remember which ones I've actually seen.


On Feb 4, 2013, at 4:59 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:

> Moving from Mae West sayings, here is another quote mentioning guns.
> Barry posted an entry recently on a common slogan
> When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns
> Entry from January 31, 2013
> Barry found a cite dated February 23, 1968. Here is a slightly earlier
> instance with a variant phrasing:
> Cite: 1967 December 21, Tonawanda News, Sportsmen's News and Views by
> Ken Sprenger, Quote Page 12, Column 1, North Tonawanda, New York. (Old
> Fulton)
> BUMPER STICKERS: We received a call asking where the bumper stickers
> can be purchased that have the words, "When guns are outlawed, only
> outlaws will have them."
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