"Let no Negroe or mulattoe be cabable of taking, holding, or exercising any public office, freehold, franchise or privilege. ... Nor of keeping, or bearing arms, unless authorized to do by some act of the general assembly, whose duration shall be limited to three years."
St. George Tucker
(1752-1827) born in Bermuda, American lawyer, professor of law, judge
in Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1803, p. 144), quoted in Stephen P. Halbrook, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1984), p. 100
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This partial quote is from Tucker's "Dissertation on Slavery" and comes from part seven of his plan to end the practice. Of it he says "The restrictions in the foregoing Plan may appear to favour strongly of prejudice; but whoever proposes any Plan for the abolition of Slavery, must either encounter or accommodate himself to prejudice. I have preferred the latter: not that I pretend to be wholly exempt from it, but that I might avoid as many obstacles as possible to the completion of so desirable a work as the abolition of Slavery."
 -- D.T., Edmond, OK     
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    St. George Tucker rhymes with
     -- anonymous     
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    That's good info D.T.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Anonymous,a typical nonsense comment. You never disappoint.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    jim k, austin tx - I completely and fully concur in your astute observations of Anonymous!
     -- Mary - MI     
    Thanks, D.T.! While Tucker's plan was not approved, there are lots more examples of this sort in other states. Early gun control laws (as well as early drug prohibition) were directed at negroes -- that is how support was raised for such unconstitutional measures. Then of course the prohibition is extended to everyone later.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Hey, anonymous, how about an intelligent argument for a change? At least Waffler explains his opposition, even if many do not agree.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
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