Friday Morning, June 20, 1856
The New York Commercial on Kansas affairs.
"...The Constitution of the United States secures to the people the right to bear arms; and it does this to enable them to protect themselves from violence at home as well as abroad. Self-defence is the first law of nature; and the government or the system, we care not what it is, which takes it away, is the most absolute of all possible despotisms."
- The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT., Friday, June 20, 1856. Vol. XXIX--New Series. Vol. II. Pg. 1