Gun Rights and the Spirit of '76
posted by John Adams at 6:29 PM
Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.
Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? ... If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.
An efficient militia is authorized and contemplated by the Constitution and required by the spirit and safety of free government.
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