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"The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is, the military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States... Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America."
Gazette of the United States (more quotes by Gazette of the United States or books by/about Gazette of the United States)
October 14, 1789, p.211, col.2
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