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The letters of the Founding Fathers …

December 13, 2015

Some people think the 2nd Amendment is about repelling invaders. They say the government has that covered.

But, the Founding Fathers and the Framers of The Constitution wrote frequently about their fears and intentions and those letters have been preserved.

“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

“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 inevitably ruined.”
— Patrick Henry

“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
— George Mason

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom 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 bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”
— Noah Webster

“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

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usuage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms… “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

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
— Thomas Jefferson

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