I am now seeing a few liberals claiming that one of the most recent rallying cries of the conservatives against gun control, μολὼν λαβέ (come and take them), is something we made up…that the claim that these are the supposed words of King Leonidas to Xerxes upon being told to lay down his weapons on the last day of Battle of Thermopylae is a lie. I even saw one liberal go as far as to claim, accurately, that the line doesn’t appear anywhere in Herodotus’ Histories (although from his level of argument I’m not sure if he himself had ever read a single word of Herodotus).
So if you run into one of these liberals who claims that we just made this story up, refer them to the a book called Apophthegmata Laconica (Sayings of the Spartans) which is attributed to Plutarch (although he probably didn’t write it)
The chapter on Leonidas, verse 11:
or in English
When Xerxes wrote again, “Hand over your arms,” he [King Leonidas] wrote in reply, “Come and take them.”
I have no idea if Leonidas actually said this, no one does. But this statement is from a legitimate ancient source. And it’s just silly to claim that it was just recently made up.
Also you know they’re running out of arguments when they have nothing but attacking your slogans.
But if you want even more of a reason than what I’ve already provided to defend the right to bear arms I would suggest taking a look at the great David Mamet’s latest piece Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm…my favorite part has to be:
The Left loves a phantom statistic that a firearm in the hands of a citizen is X times more likely to cause accidental damage than to be used in the prevention of crime, but what is there about criminals that ensures that their gun use is accident-free? If, indeed, a firearm were more dangerous to its possessors than to potential aggressors, would it not make sense for the government to arm all criminals, and let them accidentally shoot themselves? Is this absurd? Yes, and yet the government, of course, is arming criminals.