"Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would. Nor is there anything in the common law of England inconsistent with that right."
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John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
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Boston Gazette, September 5, 1763, reprinted in The Works of John Adams 438 (Charles F. Adams ed., 1851).
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A little too close to a social contract ideology but extremely accurate none-the-less.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I agree, the right to self defense and the defense of property is the most basic moral tenet of civilized society. It is a Natural Law and can not be made irrelevant by a piece of paper with some ink on it.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Absolutely!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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