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|Subject: Re: Magnificent takedown of Piers||Date: 1/11/2013 8:44 PM|
|Author: Dwdonhoff||Number: 114039 of 153733|
Would you mind supporting your assertion with actual facts?
In this case, please provide statements from the framers showing they intended for arms ownership to be ubiquitous in order to make a mob rebellion easier?
On Preservation of the Common Power of Rebellion and Insurrection:
During the Massachusetts ratifying convention William Symmes warned that the new government at some point "shall be too firmly fixed in the saddle to be overthrown by anything but a general insurrection." Yet fears of standing armies were groundless, affirmed Theodore Sedwick, who queried, "if raised, whether they could subdue a nation of freemen, who know how to prize liberty, and who have arms in their hands?"
“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
...arms...discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and pres