What the Founders Had to Say…

My home Commonwealth – Virginia, the Old Dominion – is in a state of conflict right now.

Legislative re- districting has handed power to a party that, in Virginia, has been the minority up until now. Their first order of business? Leaving you and yours disarmed and helpless.

As the Virginian Citizen’s Defense League continues to fight the good fight, I figured I’d leave y’all with some quotes going all the way back to beginning:

“An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject.”

“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.”
-George Mason

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”
-Thomas Paine

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
-Alexander Hamilton

“The great object is that every man be armed.” and “Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
-Patrick Henry

“Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“A free people ought to be armed.”
-George Washington

“Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”
-Thomas Paine

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve and will have neither liberty nor safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe.”
-Noah Webster

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
-James Madison

“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”-Zachariah Johnson

“The constitution shall never be construed…to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
-Alexander Hamilton

“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

“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … ”
-Thomas Jefferson

2 thoughts on “What the Founders Had to Say…

  1. Also from Virginia , I was in Richmond for many years , had a Guitar shop there ..
    But I much prefer the Katana , to the Teppou ….
    And yet , if we all did beat the swords and weapons into tools of construction rather than what they are …. We could grow ….


  2. Ideally, you’re right… but if we DID beat all our swords into plowshares, we’d be forever enslaved by the one a**hole who DIDN’T, you dig? As our buddies in Metallica sang, ‘To secure peace is to prepare for war’… 😉


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