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Originally posted by turbokid
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
---Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776.
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States
-------Noah Webster, 1787
When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.
"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;..."
"The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us." Patrick Henry,1775
the founders knew that it was very important to keep the citizens armed, not only for protection of themselves but to keep the government in check from abusing power.
So, if you have the tools, why aren't you doing the job? Why is this unwanted government allowed to go on about it's business unchecked by anyone? If you were expected by your founding fathers to take up arms and stop anything that your government was doing that would dare threaten to take away your freedoms and your liberty, and you don't take any action, would that lay some of the blame of what's happening on you?
One of the reasons that Americans seem to think they *need* guns is so they can keep their government from "abusing power" and "enforcing unjust laws by the sword".