Monday, May 27, 2013
"It seems indispensable to the accomplishment of the objects referred to, that every citizens should be armed"
"...They consider it as intimately connected with the maintenance of our internal tranquillity, and with the preservation of that spirit of freedom on which the durability of our political institutions essentially depends. Every citizen is, from the nature of our social organization, a part of the public defence; and he is also in the last resort, in common with his fellow citizens, the safeguard of the liberties of all, against the government itself. Thus it is that amendments to the Constitution of the United States have provided that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." It seems indispensable to the accomplishment of the objects referred to, that every citizens should be armed...."--February 5, 1833, ["Report Of the committee on the militia arid the public defence on so much of the Governor's Message as relates to the militia and the public defence and a communication from the Governor of Illinois." [OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, FIFTY SIXTH SESSION, 1833. Volume I. Fom 1 to 35 Inclusive. ALBANY: PRINTED BY E. CROSWELL, PRINTER TO THE STATE. 1833. No. 80 Pg. 2]