"[Individual disarmament] palsies the hand and brutalizes the mind;
an habitual disuse of physical force totally destroys the moral;
and men lose at once the power of protecting themselves,
and of discerning the cause of their oppression."
Joel Barlow
(1754-1812) American poet, diplomat, politician
Advice To The Privileged Orders In The Several States Of Europe 16-17 (London 1792).
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Reader comments about this quote:
OK, probably. I kinda see where he's going. All things have their opposite; and, if a talent is not exercised it atrophies. Ahh, I get the time to prepare to morally defend yourself is before it is needed. A string of truth is there somewhere but, does habitual disuse of physical force really destroy the moral? hmm, I think not. As to discerning the cause of their oppression, absolutely.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    One could say that the disuse of physical duties is already a sign of weakened morality, and thus with a palsied hand and an unsupported morality, oppression fills the void. Whether the disarming is of the hand gun or any form of self-defense (physical, intellectual, spiritual), the goal is the same: servitude of the common man.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    I believe it was Oliver Cromwell who said, "Put your trust in God but keep your powder dry."
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    And we see the proof all around us.
     -- Kimo, USA     
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