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

 

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