"There exists a law, not written down anywhere but inborn in our hearts; a law which comes to us not by training or custom or reading but by derivation and absorption and adoption from nature itself; a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice, not by instruction but by natural intuition. I refer to the law which lays it down that, if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
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The law of God
 -- Kimo, USA     
    The absolute right to defend yourself, your family and your property supercedes anything written down to the contrary. Only those who wish to control your very existence would infringe on this absolute right.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    We hold this truth to be absolute and self evident to the pure in heart. Preservation of life is in existence of being and, at law an inalienable right.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    God given right.
     -- c, lewisville, tx     
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    How about that 77 year old Democrat Congressman in Iowa who chased a robber from his home with a gun. Imagine a Democrat owning a gun, ain't that weird?
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    No Waffler, not weird. He has more sense than most liberals who would deny everyone the right to protect themselves, their family and their property. The present occupant of the WH is working on the issue of confiscation as we read and comment on these Liberty Tree quotes. I really don't want to be like Cuba or Britain or Germany or any other country that has denied their people the right to keep and bear arms. History confirms how dangerous it is to disarm a People. Guns do not kill people, killers kill people.
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    Beautifully articulated. A law of nature.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Anonymous      
     -- Rick, Calgary      
    I believe Marcus X is somewhat off here, for the moral method is the only way of protecting our interests or selves.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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