Another source of power in government is a military force. But this, to be efficient, must be superior to any force that exists among the people, or which they can command; for otherwise this force would be annihilated, on the first exercise of acts of oppression.Continue reading “Armed citizens prevent military tyranny”
The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.
A martial nobility and stubborn commons, possessed of arms, tenacious of property, and collected into constitutional assemblies form the only balance capable of preserving a free constitution against the enterprise of an aspiring prince.
Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.
A government that does not trust its law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.
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.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.