"A strong body makes the mind strong.
As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun.
While this gives moderate exercise to the body,
it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind.
Games played with the ball, and others of that nature,
are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.
Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
in a letter written in Paris to his nephew and ward Peter Carr, Foley, ed., Encyclopedia of Thomas Jefferson, p. 318.
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It is the best argument for gun rights (and explaining the 2nd Amendment) that I have ever seen.
 -- Fred Patterson, Grassy Meadows, WV     
    That explains a lot. The gun-grabbers only want weak minded, easily molded people around. They're so much easier to control than those with a strong mind.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Brilliant statement, it does indeed take intellect to use any weapon properly. It all starts with the weapon(s) in the Skull.
     -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!     
    Jefferson understood that an armed populace can not be subjugated, neither from without nor from within. Only by giving up our guns can we be subjugated. As GI's, we took an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic; and to do so, we must keep and bear arms for the rest of our lives.
     -- Jim Beauchamp, Huntsville, Alabama     
    Yes, yes, while his slaves were doing the physcial exercise required to maintain his expansive estate, developing character while he was developing boldness and enterprize via his gun.....testosterone by product.
     -- Milly Willy, Queen Creek, Arizona     
     -- bill, cowsbell      
     -- Anonymous      
     -- Jason Hurzeler, Barrow      
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