QuotesFrom The Founders On The Meaning Of The Second Amendment

Thanks Ed Toner


You mean the Second Amendment really means what it says?

"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms....."___ Samuel Adams, United States Congress, 1779

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms... The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." _____ Thomas Jefferson … Proposal of the Virginia Constitution, June 1776

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials." _____ George Mason United States Congress 1779 during Ratification of Bill of Rights

"...if raised, whether they could subdue a Nation of Freemen, who know how to prize liberty, and who have arms in their hands?" _____ Delegate Sedgwick … during the Massachusetts Convention, 1779 rhetorically asking if an oppressive standing army could prevail over a citizens' Militia

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. When you give up that force, you are eventually ruined."____ Patrick Henry … 1779

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people's liberty teeth."_____ George Washington

"...but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights..."_____ Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper No. 29

"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in our own possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"_____ Patrick Henry

"the ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone,"__ James Madison, co-author of the Bill of Rights Federalist Paper No. 46

"The Constitution of most of our states, and of the United States, assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. ___ Thomas Jefferson

"...arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property...horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."__ Thomas Paine … From his essay, Thoughts on Defensive War, 1775

A free people ought to be armed. When firearms go, all goes - we need them every hour."___ George Washington

It would seem that any gun control law is unconstitutional. How did we ever allow this to happen? Ooooops, they gave us the answer to that one as well..........

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."_ Edmund Burke, (1729-1797)



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