"Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men."
St. Augustine
[Augustine of Hippo (Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis)] (354-430) Bishop of Hippo Regius, philosopher and theologian
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And here we have the underlying thought that inspired the Second Amendment. And an obvious truth.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    My reason for the 4 star rating instead of 5 was the hope for non-violent resolutions to the wrongdoers domination over just men. Understanding "Man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years" (Lysander Spoonner), it would still be favorable to free one's mind and entirety of being without violence.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mike, the Lysander Spooner quote accurately describes our Congressional and Presidential elections.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Yes! Truly the foundation of our 2nd amendment in the Bill of Rights.

    Defense against evil "wrongdoers" is ALWAYS a 'sad necessity'.

    Semper Fidelis
     -- bruski, naples FL     
    Without resistance, what limit can be placed on the ambitions of 'designing men'? An 'inconvenient truth' indeed, but in a world of predator and prey, every creature must be able to defend itself. As 'civilized' as we strive to be, humankind is still a 'wild' animal species. We have survived and flourished from our hunter-gatherer nature -- it is still in our nature. But the temptation of collective power, the power of millions in the hands of one, cannot be ignored, nor should we permit such a seat of power to arise unchecked.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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