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24325855 Contemplations of Our Founding Fathers and Others on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

24325855 Contemplations of Our Founding Fathers and Others on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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Thaughts of the founders on the need for the 2nd amendment
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From the Integrated Close Combat Forumhttp://kilogulf59.proboards80.com 
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Contemplations of Our Founding Fathers andothers on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
  – by kilogulf59 
I have been saying for years, that if you really want to understand what our country should be,and the true meaning of The Constitution, you have to study it from a historical perspective andnot necessarily a legal one. Read the quotes of the various Founding Fathers; you will thenunderstand the meaning, intent, and spirit, behind all those apparently confusing (to some) issuesin the U. S. Constitution.Be educated and enlightened by these quotes specifically on the 2nd Amendment by our Founding Fathers and a few from the latter opposition to it…the “reasonable gun control law”types…now you will understand what the 2nd Amendment means and why it is included in our Constitution. Personally, I would have made it the first one.The Constitution was written so
YOU
could understand it. We do not require lawyers and politicians to tell us what
OUR 
Constitution says…remember that please.
Our Founding Fathers and others:
"A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the peopleto keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
 
The Second Amendment of the United StatesConstitution 1787
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote suchmanufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military,supplies.” 
 
George Washington
, speech of January 8, 1790 in the Boston IndependentChronicle, January 14, 1790
"o Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
 
Thomas Jefferson
, ProposedVirginia Constitution,
"[A]rms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in theworld as well as property. . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of theuse of them."
 
Thomas Paine
, Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775
The Constitution preserves "the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. . . (where) the governments are afraid to trust the peoplewith arms."
 
James Madison
- The Federalist, No. 46
“One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.” 
 
ThomasJefferson
to George Washington, 1796.
 
From the Integrated Close Combat Forumhttp://kilogulf59.proboards80.com 
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"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost everykingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword;because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bandsof regular troops…"
oah Webster
, "An Examination into the Leading Principles of theFederal Constitution" (1787) in Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States (P. Ford,1888)
"While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of noble spirit, themost corrupt Congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny."
 
Rev. icholas Collin
,Fayetteville Gazette (N.C.), October 12, 1789
"In a people permitted and accustomed to bear arms, we have the rudiments of a militia,which properly consists of armed citizens, divided into military bands, and instructed at least in part in the use of arms for the purposes of war. Their civil occupations are not relinquished,except while they are actually in the field, and the inconvenience of withdrawing them fromtheir accustomed labours, abridges the time required for military instruction. Militia thereforenever amount to perfect soldiers, unless the public exigencies shall have kept them so long together as to absorb the civil, in the military character."
 
William Rawle
, A View of the Constitution of the United States of America 153 (2d ed. 1829)
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to bealways kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the Atmosphere.” 
Thomas Jefferson
in a letter to Abigail Adams, February 22, 1787.
"The great object is that every man be armed ... Everyone who is able may have a gun."
 
Patrick Henry
, 3 Elliot, Debates at 386
"Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion… in private self-defense…"
 
John Adams
, A Defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the USA, 471 (1788)
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
 
RichardHenry Lee
, writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, January25, 1788.
“…it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike,especially when young, how to use them;” 
Richard Henry Lee
, writing in Letters fromthe Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, January 25, 1788.
"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them."
Zachariah Johnson
, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646 (June 25, 1788).
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 
 
Benjamin Franklin
, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
 
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"This [Second Amendment] may be considered as the true palladium of liberty .... The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers toconfine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up,and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. In England, the people have been disarmed, generally, under the specious pretext of preserving the game: anever failing lure to bring over the landed aristocracy to support any measure, under that mask, though calculated for very different purposes. True it is, their bill of rights seems at first view to counteract this policy: but the right of bearing arms is confined to protestants, and thewords suitable to their condition and degree, have been interpreted to authorise the prohibition of keeping a gun or other engine for the destruction of game, to any farmer, or inferior tradesman, or other person not qualified to kill game. So that not one man in fivehundred can keep a gun in his house without being subject to a penalty."
 
Saint GeorgeTucker
, Blackstone's Commentaries (1803), Volume 1, Appendix, Note D [Section 12 — Restraints on Powers of Congress].
Some intelligent thoughts not from our Founding Fathers but frompeople who actually get it…
"The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are theweapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. ot for nothing was therevolver called an "equalizer." Egalite implies liberte. And always will. Let us hope our weapons are never needed—but do not forget what the common people of this nation knewwhen they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny."
Edward Paul Abbey
from Abbey’s Road1979. (American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues andcriticism of public land policies.) Mr. Abbey was notoriously opposed to the sport hunting use of firearms.
"If you've got to resist [an attacker], your chances of being hurt are less the more lethal your weapon. If that were my wife, would I want her to have a .38 Special in her hand? Yeah."
 
Dr. Arthur Kellerman
Published 1986 "study" discouraging people from using guns for self-defense (Health magazine, Mar/Apr 94). A highly acclaimed physician whose studiesquantifying the risk of mortality associated with gun ownership attracted criticism from pro-gunorganizations and individuals.
"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that  firearms should not be very carefully used, and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guaranteeagainst arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appearsremote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible."
 
Sen.Hubert Humphrey
, Know Your Lawmakers, Guns Magazine, Page 4, Feb. 1960. 38th VicePresident of the United States, Democrat from Minnesota.

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