By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© October 2016, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
STATEMENTS BY THE FOUNDERS OF AMERICA REGARDING GUNS
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, in the proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776
“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world, as well as property… Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
- Thomas Paine, Thoughts On Defensive War
“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.” – George Mason, Virginia’s US Constitution ratification convention, 1788.
“The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people.” – Fisher Ames, Massachusetts, Letter to F.R. Minoe, June 12, 1789.
“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.
A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but as the people perceive to be just and constitutional, for they will possess the power. – Noah Webster, Pennsylvania, An Examination Of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787.