Sunday, June 16, 2013

" the right of having and using arms, for self-preservation and defence"


"From George Nicholas of Kentucky, to his friend in Virginia, justifying the conduct of the citizens Kentucky, as to some of the late measures of the General Government; and correcting certain false statements, which have been made in the different States, of the views and actions of the people of Kentucky.

"...Even the courtier Blackstone declares, that "to vindicate their rights, when actually violated or attacked, the subjects of England are entitled in the first place, to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law: next, to the right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances; and lastly, to the right of having and using arms, for self-preservation and defence. And the same author also declares that the right of resistance is a natural right, when the "functions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression." This right of resistance is also recognized and established in the fullest manner, by the federal constitution, as well as those of the different states; but it is a right which it can never be necessary to have recourse to, until all the departments of the government shall become corrupt; and ought not then to be appealed to except in cases of extreme danger and necessity. Let all good men unite their efforts to prevent the United States from being brought to that dreadful crisis." [THE EXAMINER, AND JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY. DEVOTED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE CAUSE OF STATE RIGHTS AND FREE TRADE. The Powers not Delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the Pcople. . . . . . . . . .  Amendments to the Constitution, Art. X. Freedom of Industry, as sacred as freedom of speech or of the press. . Jefferson. Vol II] Wednesday, May 13, 1835. [No. 21. Pg. 326]

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