Friday, May 6, 2016

The Right to Bear Arms Prevents Tyranny from Government

As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article [2nd Amendment] in their right to keep and bear their private arms.

Tench Coxe, “Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Constitution,” under pseudonym “A Pennsylvanian.”  Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 18 June 1789.

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