"We are told there is no cause to fear.  When we consider the great powers of Congress, there is great cause of alarm.  They can disarm the militia.  If they were armed, they would be a resource against great oppressions.  The laws of a great empire are difficult to be executed.  If the laws of the union were oppressive, they could not carry them into effect, if the people were possessed of the proper means of defence."
advocating for the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Federal Constitution in the North Carolina Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, in 'Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution,' Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.4 p.203 (Philadelphia, 1836)
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Cause to fear? Who's been to a local court lately? WOW, now there is cause for fear and trembling. When a cop is behind you in you vehicle, do you feel safe, served and protected or do you feel fear? It only gets worse the further the statist theocracy infesting this land is removed from the single individual.
 -- Mike, NORWALK     
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    Lenoir was absolutely right! The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution have been the bulwark of defense against federal government encroachment since their passing. And every trick in the book has been used to reinterpret them to not mean exactly what they say. Government cannot be trusted!!!!!! DO you get it?!! That is why we have distributed power across counties, states, and D.C. -- not centralized it under Washington. Regulating the power of the government is the business of the people -- we are sovereign! The corruption is to turn it into a government regulating the power of the people -- never was supposed to happen!!! And here we are...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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