Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes...."

   "258. The next amendment is--'A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be in fringed.' One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is by disarming the people, and making it an offence to keep arms, and by substituting a regular army in the stead of a resort to the Militia. The friends of a free Government cannot be too watchful to overcome the dangerous tendency of the public mind to sacrifice to mere private convenience this powerful check upon the designs of ambitious men."

[THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLASS BOOK: BEING A BRIEF EXPOSITION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES DESIGNED FOB THE USE OF THE HIGHER CLASSES IN COMMON SCHOOLS. BY JOSEPH STORY, LL.D. Dane Professor of Law in Harvard University. 'The unity of Government, which constitutes you one People, is also dear to you. It is justly so; for it is the main pillar in the edifice of your leal Independence; the support of your tranquillity at home, and your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize.'--Washington's Farewell Ad dress to the People of the United States. BOSTON: HILLIARD, GRAY & COMPANY. 1834. Pg. 149]

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