Our Founders created a document that gave birth to my country.
Without my beloved Constitution, my grandparents would never have been welcomed here, therefore my parents never would have survived the Holocaust, and both I and my son would never have existed.
To say that I owe everything to the Constitution is no exaggeration.
If you feel that our founders’ works and labors are no longer relevant, then be ruled by Obama and his ilk, I have no further use for you.
”No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” (T. Jefferson papers, 334, C.J. Boyd, Ed. 1950)
“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” (Thomas Jefferson to James Madison)
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined or determined to commit crimes. Such laws only make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assassins; they serve to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” (1764 Letter and speech from T. Jefferson quoting with approval an essay by Cesare Beccari)
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
“Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense.” (A defense of the Constitution of the US)
“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” (Convention of the Commonwealth of Mass., 86-87, date still being sought)
“A free people ought to be armed.” (Jan 14 1790, Boston Independent Chronicle.)
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.”
“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.” (3 Elliot, Debates at 380)
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe.” (1787, Pamphlets on the Constitution of the US)
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose rulers are afraid to trust them with arms.” (Federalist Paper #46)
“The people have a right to keep and bear arms.” (Elliott, Debates at 185)
Richard Henry Lee:
“To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…” (Richard Henry Lee writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, 1787-1788).
“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed” (The Federalist Papers at 184-8)
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”