What they said.........

I wonder what our forefathers thought about gun control......oh wait, i don't have to wonder, THEY TOLD US! 

"The right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense is justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the law of society."
-Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England.

"Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion...in private self-defense."
-John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions (1787-88).

"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, during Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention (1788).

"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 people with arms."
-James Madison, The Federalist #46.

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence."
-George Washington.

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776), Jefferson Papers 344 (J. Boyd, ed. 1950).

"The great object is, that every man be armed...Everyone who is able may have a gun..."
-Patrick Henry, 3 Elliott Debates 386.

"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, Thoughts on Defensive War (1775).

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
-Patrick Henry, during Virginia's ratification convention (1788).

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America can not enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."
-Noah Webster, An Examination Into the Leading Principals of the Federal Constitution (1787).

"To disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them..."
-George Mason, 3 Elliott Debates (on the Constitution) 380.

Yeah, what they said........As true today as ever!


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