A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 16, 2013
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not”

"They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks” is from the Book of Isaiah. The saying has been used by anti-war groups. A pro-gun saying is, “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”

“Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who don’t” has been cited in print since at least 1997, when it appeared in The Free American!. By at least 2007, the saying was credited to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), who never said it.


Wikipedia: Swords to ploughshares
Swords to ploughshares (or swords to plowshares) is a concept in which military weapons or technologies are converted for peaceful civilian applications.

The phrase originates from the Book of Isaiah:

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. — Isaiah 2:3-4

The Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia (Monticello.org)
Those who hammer their guns into plows...(Quotation)
Quotation: “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”
Variations: 1. “Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.”
(...)
Earliest known appearance in print: No appearances in print found.
Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Thomas Jefferson: See above.

Google Books
The Free American!
Volume 4, Issues 8-12
1997
Pg. 115:
“Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who don’t.”

5 August 2007, The Times (Shreveport LA), pg. A15:
Thomas Jefferson said, “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who did not.”

My Files
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2007
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

Google Books
Life Changing Thoughts:
Thousands of Inspiring, Life-changing, and Humorous Thoughts

By Gary W. Smith
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2009
Pg. 276:
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who did not.”
(THOMAS JEFFERSON)

Google Books
Wake Up America Before It’s Too Late!:
A Decision Paper

By Colonel Ellis D. Bingham (USA Retired)
Bloomington, IN: AUthorHouse
2012
Pg. 51:
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not”—Thomas Jefferson

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 • Permalink