Thomas Jefferson and the 2nd Amendment

As a continuation from this post the other day, here are some more quotes from Thomas Jefferson.  This time we see what this Founding Father thought about the right to bear arms and the 2nd Amendment.

“The constitutions 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; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property and freedom of the press.”

“The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

“Laws the forbid the carrying of arms, disarms only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes.  Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants.  They serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”

“As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”


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