"Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms."
by:
Tench Coxe
(1755-1824) American political economist
Source:
Writing as "A Pennsylvanian," in "Remarks On The First Part Of The Amendments To The Federal Constitution,"
in the _Philadelphia Federal Gazette,_ June 18, 1789, p.2 col.1
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Our tyrannical government has perverted its power. One example is the Patriot Act.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    And that is the primary reason for being armed -- and so say the Founders that framed it within our Constitution.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- James, Quincy      
    9/11 would be considered an attack of a private army or militia.
     -- warren, olathe     
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