from my cold, dead hands

from my cold, dead hands

A phrase used to indicate that someone is unwilling to give something up (thus, the item would need to be pried from one's "cold, dead hands"). The phrase gained popularity after Charlton Heston used it in a speech in support of the National Rifle Association. If you want me to stop practicing at night, you'll have to pry my trumpet from my cold, dead hands!
See also: dead, hand
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According to O'Dwyer's Inside News of PR and Marketing Communications, the NRA and Ackerman McQueen created thehighly successful "from my cold, dead hands" NRA messaging made famous by the late actor and five-time NRA president Charlton Heston.
"You can have my double space when you pry it from my cold, dead hands," Megan McArdle wrote in the Atlantic the same year.
"These are the kind of distortions being thrown at us that we have to face with facts, truth and not just thump our chests and say, 'from my cold, dead hands,'" Sanetti said.
(Full disclosure: EAA compensates me to work as a freelancer on the show's daily newspaper during AirVenture.) There are a lot of opinions on this topic, ranging from, "They can have ATC fees when they pry them from my cold, dead hands," to the more thoughtful one on the opposite page.
In today's rabid anti-gun hysteria, Heston's famous words from the 2000 NRA Convention ring louder than ever: "From my cold, dead hands."
Congress by declaring to Connecticut lawmakers: "I will tell you here today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold, dead hands."
Please believe me: If I make the cut, the only way I will give up my badge or patch is if you pry it from my cold, dead hands!
It still uses the slogan: "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands."
The National Rifle Association, the most powerful lobby in Washington, kills any attempt at control, its philosophy summed up in 2000 by its then president Charlton Heston: "I'll give you my gun when you prise it from my cold, dead hands."
Pry them from my cold, dead hands. This next stat might be the most fascinating of all: The closer we get to the phase-out date, the less eager people are to part with their traditional bulbs.
He talks to actor and National Rifle Association chairman Charlton "From my cold, dead hands" Heston - who recently died - about gun culture as well as shock rocker Marilyn Manson, who became a scapegoat for the murders.
They presented him with a beautiful custom flintlock rifle, and he raised it above his head and intoned, "From my cold, dead hands." Well, the crowd just went nuts.
He made his stance clear when he stood at podium during a convention, holding an antique flintlock rifle above his head and told gun-control advocates they would not get his gun unless they could pry it "from my cold, dead hands."
"If they want this information, I told them that they're going to have to pry it from my cold, dead hands," he said.
Holding a rifle above his head, he declared: "I have only five words for you: From my cold, dead hands."