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"[Individual disarmament] palsies the hand and brutalizes the mind;
an habitual disuse of physical force totally destroys the moral;
and men lose at once the power of protecting themselves,
and of discerning the cause of their oppression."

Joel Barlow
(1754-1812) American poet, diplomat, politician
Advice To The Privileged Orders In The Several States Of Europe 16-17 (London 1792).

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