Necessity of Taking up Arms

  • “With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves.” —John Dickinson & Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, 1775
Published in: on January 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . .

  • “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm 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 to rather encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book
Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment