Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Over at StationWTFO, there is a post listing a whole swarm of quotes by the founding fathers on their view of the importance of the right to bear arms to keeping the American people free.  I thought I should post those quotes here.  Most we have heard before, but it doesn't hurt to read them all again, to remind ourselves of why this issue was so important to them, and to us as well.



“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


“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
- Benjamin Franklin


“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
- Benjamin Franklin


“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



“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
- Thomas Jefferson


“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
- Thomas Jefferson


“Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense.”
- John Adams


“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.”
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)


“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
- James Madison


“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”
- William Pitt


“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.”
- Richard Henry Lee


“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
- Patrick Henry


“... 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 the use of them.”
- Thomas Paine


“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
- Samuel Adams


These, along with the following illustration, just about says it all.  By the way, I like that blog enough to add it to the blog roll here, so use the link to visit over at  StationWTFO frequently!


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