Etymology (Meaning of Words)/Phrase origin
CareBear wrote at 2011-01-08 14:34:49
Actually, "Shoot first, ask questions later" is attributed to Hermann Goering, the Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) from 1935 until the end of World War II.
Laura wrote at 2012-11-14 02:09:36
It does NOT have it's origins in recent legislation. That's just an sad attempt to promote a particular political agenda. An early reference can be found in a 1919 military manual. The idea was that you first subdue the enemy, then identify them.