Second Amendment Quotes (45 quotes)
Gun Quotations of the Founding Fathers
Ahh, the Founding Fathers on firearms. As you know too well already, guns is a loaded subject with a super easy trigger for debate and heated arguments. More than years later, the Second Amendment 2A has been targeted repeatedly. For the most part, its carefully written and approved legally binding words and implications have withstood the test of time. A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. If you are able to look at it objectively, the Second Amendment seems pretty clear.
CNN -- Thomas Jefferson may not have penned the Second Amendment, but the paradoxical Founding Father comes galloping into the present whenever there's a gun debate. Quotes attributed to him and tied to the right to bear arms litter the social sphere. But how did a man plus years past his prime become today's gun-debate darling? People read into the inkblots of antiquity, molding Jefferson into who they want him to be on the subject of guns. Everyone can talk about them without actually knowing anything about them," Cornell says. Real or fake, the Internet has spoken; it's loudest after tragedies like Aurora and Newtown.
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. But were the people to posses the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will, and direct the national force; and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned, in spite of the legions which surround it. James Madison proved to be one of the most productive of all the Founding Fathers, and stands tall in the annals of American history. While many may argue what Madison's greatest contribution to history was, few dispute the fact that this was a man who lived his life with a strong sense of duty and honor -- traits that helped mark Madison's career of public service with both tremendous success and longevity. Madison was born March 16, , the first of ten children born to a farming family in Orange County, Virginia. A sickly child, Madison grew up on the family estate, Montpelier, which happened to be only thirty miles from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's estate.
The Constitution of most of our states and of the United States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. Violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights, then men are really in trouble. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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