The NRA? Charleton Heston? Some gun-show freak?
Quote one: “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 rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
“[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
Answers below the fold.
Quote One– Thomas Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book,” 1774-1776, quoting in agreement from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764
— James Madison, Federalist, No. 46.
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