• “I ask, Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people…” ~George Mason (1788)
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  • I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials. ~George Mason
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  • “The augmentation of slaves weakens the states; and such a trade is diabolical in itself, and disgraceful to mankind.” ~George Mason
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  • There is a Passion natural to the Mind of man, especially a free Man, which renders him impatient of Restraint. ~George Mason
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  • “Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” ~George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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  • “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” ~George Mason, Speech During Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
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Recently, Justice Samuel Alito, in writing the majority opinion, said, “Individual self-defense is the central component of the Second Amendment.” The founders would have responded “Balderdash!” Jefferson said,

  • “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”

George Mason explained,

  • (T)o disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

Noah Webster elaborated:

  • Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed. … 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 pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”

Contrary to Alito’s assertion, the central component of the Second Amendment is to protect ourselves from U.S. Congress, not street thugs.

Today’s Americans have contempt for our founder’s vision. I’m sure our founders would have contempt for ours.

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  • “[C]onsidering the natural lust for power so inherent in man, I fear the thirst of power will prevail to oppress the people.” ~George Mason, speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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  • “Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.” ~George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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  • “Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” ~George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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