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Quote from St. George Tucker,

"This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty. ... The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."


St. George Tucker (more quotes by St. George Tucker or books by/about St. George Tucker)

(1752-1827) American lawyer and professor of law at the College of William and Mary, judge who served on three different courts including
Virginia’s highest court and federal district judge, correspondent and colleague of Jefferson and Madison


BLACKSTONE’S COMMENTARIES 1:APP. 300 (1803) reprinted in THE FOUNDERS’ CONSTITUTION, Volume Five (Amendments I-XII) p. 212 (Univ. of Chicago Press).


Arms, Defense, Liberty, Prohibition, Wisdom


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