QOTD

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.

– James Madison

The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.

– Samuel Adams

Let us hope our weapons are never needed – but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government – and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.

Edward Abbey

Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction between a free man and a slave.

Andrew Fletcher

Nowhere else in the Constitution does a ‘right’ attributed to ‘the people’ refer to anything other than an individual right. What is more, in all six other provisions of the Constitution that mention ‘the people,’ the term unambiguously refers to all members of the political community, not an unspecified subset… The Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms… The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it ‘shall not be infringed.

Antonin Scalia
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