FOUNDERS ON FIREARMS PART 2

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” ~~ James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 at 243-244

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” ~~ Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

“That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state.” ~~ George Mason, Virginia Ratification Convention, 1788

“The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience, or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” ~~ Samuel Adams, Massachusetts’ U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state.” ~~ George Mason, Virginia Ratification Convention, 1788

“[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, – who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.”–George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 14 June 1778

AND THE WORDS OF SOME OTHER OLD GUYS:

“If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms, never! never! never!” ~~ William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1708-1778) Speech, Nov. 18, 1777

“For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution.” ~~ Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822).
“Rome remained free for four hundred years and Sparta eight hundred, although their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost their liberties in less than forty years”.~~Niccolo Machiavelli

“When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you”~~Niccolo Machiavelli, “The Prince”

Both the oligarch and Tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms. — Aristotle

“The right of resisting oppression is a natural right.” –President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

“No greater wrong can ever be done than to put a good man at the mercy of a bad, while telling him not to defend himself or his fellows; in no way can the success of evil be made surer or quicker.” –President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

“To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” –George Washington

 

FOUNDING FATHERS ON FIREARMS

I firmly believe that through study of the writings of our Founders and other great men we can learn the difference between good government and bad.  It then becomes clear where usurpers of the public trust have twisted law to increase their own power and to enslave those they are supposed to serve.  This is the first installation of the writings I have collected.  Thanks for reading.  More to come.

 

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference- they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.” — George Washington

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
–Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.”
–Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

“The right [to bear arms] is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the laws, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon…. [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose. But this enables the government to have a well regulated militia; for to bear arms implies something more than mere keeping; it implies the learning to handle and use them in a way that makes those who keep them ready for their efficient use; in other words, it implies the right to meet for voluntary discipline in arms, observing in so doing the laws of public order.”
— Thomas M. Cooley, General Principles of Constitutional Law, Third Edition [1898]
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater … confidence than an armed man.” Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and punishment (1764).

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” ~~ George Washington

THE WISDOM OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS

As I talk to people today it seems that many do not understand what an incredible gift our Founding Fathers gave to us when they created this nation.  Schools today teach repetition of facts (not necessarily correct facts), politically correct doctrine (not truth), and Marxist philosophy.  Critical thinking skills are not to be found, and teachers from a generation that shouted “Question Authority!” now will not accept any deviance from the Socialist lesson plan that they force on our children.  NO THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX!  DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY!

As you can imagine, in talking to fellow LEO’s I am appalled at their lack of understanding of the principles and basic laws (the Constitution) that made this country great.  So in an effort to help citizens understand their heritage and their duty, I will be posting quotes from our Founding Fathers.  Even if you are a patriotic American, read them, memorize them, let them burn into your hearts.

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” –John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Charles Jarvis, 1820

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” –James Wilson, Of the Study of the Law in the United States, 1790

“The right of the people to keep and bear … arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country …”
— James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789

“Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” —George Washington

Enough for now.  More to come.  Meanwhile, watch your six, be dangerous, and stay safe.

The Deputy