Videos: Charlton Heston - From My Cold Dead Hands
The legendary Charlton Heston speech: From My Cold Dead Hands
Event: NRA Annual Meeting of Members
Date: May 20, 2000
Location: Charlotte, NC
From My Cold Dead Hands Transcript:
*This was the last 2min 45sec of a longer speech
Every time our country stands in the path of danger, an instinct seems to summon her finest first -- those who truly understand her. When freedom shivers in the cold shadow of true peril, it's always the patriots who first hear the call. When loss of liberty is looming, as it is now, the siren sounds first in the hearts of freedom's vanguard. The smoke in the air of our Concord Bridges and Pearl Harbors is always smelled first by the farmers, who come from their simple homes to find the fire, and fight.
Because they know that sacred stuff resides in that wooden stock and blued steel, something that gives the most common man the most uncommon of freedoms. When ordinary hands can possess such an extraordinary instrument, that symbolizes the full measure of human dignity and liberty.
That's why those five words issue an irresistible call to us all, and we muster.
So as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those words again for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore:
From my cold dead hands!