"And, lastly, to vindicate these rights,
when actually violated and attacked,
the subjects of England are entitled,
in the first place, to the regular administration
and free course of justice in the courts of law;
next to the right of petitioning the king
and parliament for redress of grievances; and,
lastly, to the right of having and using arms
for self preservation and defense."
Sir William Blackstone
(1723-1780) English jurist, judge, Tory politician
Commentaries on the Laws of England (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 17th edition, 1966, Vol. 1., Chap.1).
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 -- P.M.      
 -- Kevin, Avon Park, Florida      
 -- Anonymous      
Ahh, Blackstone, the second most non-biblical source quoted by the founders for establishing the foundational principles of the Constitution.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    And yet today, Brits are being disarmed for their own safety. Personal disarmament and personal self-defense are being attacked by all the NWO governments. Don't let them get away with it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Pretty ironic. Again, the US public must export the concept of an armed citizenry to the far corners of the world. The basic human right is security. When the right to arms is non-existent so are all the other rights. In the cause of Liberty, world-wide disarmament of civilian populations must be rejected as a tyrannical measure in and of itself, despite any and all flowery words and ideas that it is wrapped up in.
     -- Eric Engstrom, Wichita, KS     
    Good point Eric. And it should make a thinking person question the UN's agenda to disarm the world.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Mike, thanks for the Blackstone information. My have things changed in England since Blackstone.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    The occupying statist theocracy now infesting this land will not allow courts of law, while justice is doled out as a very rare animal. Amerika's kings and otherwise gods will receive certain redress of grievance petitions and will act upon them only if it is in the god's best interest. The right of having and using arms
    for self preservation and defense is one of the last rights not totally taken away from We The People yet..
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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