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February 6, 2013

Some historical examples in defense of gun rights

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

I am writing in response to Gary Shaffer’s interpretation of the Second Amendment in a recent letter to the editor.

I would like to quote some other interpretations of said amendment:

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” — Samuel Adams

“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” — Zacharia Johnson, delegate to Virginia

“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” — Thomas Jefferson

“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 pretense, raised in the United States.” — Noah Webster

“Americans need never fear their government, because of the advantage of being armed, which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.” — James Madison

“I ask sir, who are the militia? They are the whole people; to disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” — George Mason

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of bearing arms.” — Richard Henry Lee

“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” — George Washington

I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

Ron Caravaggio

Hanna Street

New Castle

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