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02-10-2009, 07:53 AM
Letter: Our Founding Fathers knew the right to bear arms protects all other rights

Mansfield News Journal
February 10, 2009

Many in the Obama administration do not believe in the second amendment as it is written and would like to change it.

Let me quote the Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

The following quotes from our founders define what they meant concerning the Second amendment.

James Madison wrote, "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed; unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (The Federalist, No. 46 at 243- 244)

Thomas Jefferson wrote, "No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (Thomas Jefferson, Proposal to Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334, [C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950] )

George Washington wrote, "A free people ought ... to be armed ...." (George Washington, speech of Jan. 7, 1790, in the Boston Independent Chronicle, Jan. 14, 1790)

Samuel Adams wrote, "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, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87)

Finally, Thomas Paine wrote, "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)

These are but a few of the writings of our Founding Fathers and what the Second Amendment meant to them. Please keep these facts from our founders in mind and do some research on your own into this great country's history.

As Ron Paul has said, "Gun control historically serves as a gateway to tyranny. Tyrants from Hitler to Mao to Stalin have sought to disarm their own citizens, for the simple reason that unarmed people are easier to control. Our founders, having just expelled the British army, knew that the right to bear arms serves as the guardian of every other right."

Jim Gordon


Truth Warrior
02-10-2009, 08:02 AM
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/thomas_jefferson.html)