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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…"
, "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."
, 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.”
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."
, 3 Elliot, Debates at 386
"Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion… in private self-defense…"
, A Defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the USA, 471 (1788)
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
, 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."
, 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.”
, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.