"[It is] a natural Right which the people have reserved to themselves, confirmed by the [English] Bill of rights, to keep arms for their own defense; and as Mr. Blackstone observes, it is to be made use of when the sanctions of Society and law are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression."
A Journal of the Times, March 27, 1769, printed May 25, 1769.
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A sentiment in keeping with the intent of the "Right to Keep and Bear" in the spirit of those times. The Kenyan narcissist has proven that it is still just as valid today.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Written in 1769 and applicable today. Some things never change.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Ah why do we have these quotes. Every one has guns, but why don't we stop talking about them.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler - You are abundant in diatribes as you are lacking in common sense. A Little Gun History Lesson In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and Exterminated. ------------ In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. --------------- Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 Million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated -------------------- China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million Political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and Exterminated. -------------- Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------- Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------ Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and Exterminated. ------------- Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because Of gun control: 56 million. -------------- It has now been 12 months [1996 National Agreement on Fireams] since gun owners in Australia were forced by new Law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 mill ion Dollars. The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone,homicides with firearms are now up 300 Percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the Criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns! It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too! While figures over the previous 25 years Showed a steady decrease in armed Robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 Months, since criminals now are guaranteed that t heir prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety Has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in Successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience And the other historical facts above prove it. You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians Disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, Gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
     -- Mary - MI     
    Waffler, for one, when we quit talking about inalienable rights, despots legislate them away. What ever happened to habeas corpus, the 9th and 10th Amendments, protection from the police and/or the police state, etc.? We stopped talking about them. What about New York, Massachusetts, California, etc., how do the individuals there have less un-infringed inalienable rights than you or me?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mary, extremely well said, thank you !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Right On Mary!
     -- J Carlton, Carlton     
    There was little talk about guns until Clinton actually did something about "Street Sweepers". The NRA (which is nothing more than a gun industry front organization) took him on and made a political issue out of it and people with no other particular issue to talk about picked it up. When Clinton did what he did guys like Reagan said "Well uh yeah that is just common sense." but when he was in the White House he did nothing about it.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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